The state of democracy in Africa

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define, measure, and systematically understand democracy across the diverse...

Mugabe is dead, but old men still rule Africa

Despite the departure of some of Africa's longest serving leaders in recent years, the continent is still dominated by old men. Henning Melber explores...

How popular is China in Africa? And how do people think...

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar,...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

Join the new “Ideas in African Politics” Network now!

You are invited to join a new research network study of the history and impact of African political thought. The name for...

SWAPO challenged! What next for Namibia?

Namibia's one-party dominant political system is under threat. Having dominated the political scene since the reintroduction of multiparty politics, the ruling party only just...

IDAP Launch Event! The importance of ideas and ideologies in Africa...

The importance of ideas & ideologies in Africa 19 JULY 2022 4:00 PM UK/Nigeria, 5:00PM...
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...

Democratisation and single-party dominance: The case of Namibia

Ian Cooper tells us about his recent paper, in which he argues that Namibia has democratised under single-party dominance, contrary to popular thinking on democratic...

Democracy Beyond Swapo in Namibia

With the Regional and Local Authority elections on 25 November 2020 Namibia’s political landscape has changed. Voters practiced their right to make...