President Keita falls to a coup in Mali: 1968 is here...

As the initial fog begins to dissipate, it is now clear that Mali has suffered its fifth coup d’état since independence. A...

The Impact of COVID19 on Food Security in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of economies globally. Here in Africa, the crisis has drastically impacted food security. Supply chains, food and...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...

Women’s Activism in Africa: Struggles for Rights and Representation

Our popular Book Club feature brings you accessible and powerful summaries of the best books on Africa. In this edition, Balghis Badri and Aili...

The State of Democracy in Africa

DiA's Nic Cheeseman is taking the day off to celebrate his 40th birthday, so to mark the occasion we thought we would re-post one...

Mali’s next president: some ‘what ifs’ for the 2018 elections

Mali held its first round of presidential elections on 29 July 2018. In this article, Jonathan Sears ask crucial questions: 'What if a change...

A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in...

Professor Nic Cheeseman's traditional review of the year, which analyses some of the main developments on the continent in 2017 and looks ahead to the prospects...

Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency

Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria's new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic...

Elections in Mali: the turnout, and the tensions that remain

In this article, Laurence Deschamps-Laporte asks whether the Malian elections were as inclusive as their 50% turnout rate suggests, and what the political future...

The charismatic, moderate voice of Islam in Mali

Following her update on the Malian crisis, Laurence Deschamps-Laporte highlights the importance of exploring the more moderate voices of Islam in northern Mali. In...