Struggles over citizenship in Liberia

What does a constitutional clause reveal about Liberians's ideas of citizenship? Robtel Neajai Pailey investigates ... In 1973 Liberia introduced its Aliens and Nationality Law. This,...

Why COVID19 is exacerbating educational inequalities in Kenya

For Kenya's already fragile education system, the coronavirus pandemic has generate unprecedented challenges for the government, students, and parents. These have already exposed some...

Authoritarian Aid: A reply to Prof. Cheeseman

In “The Conflict in Ethiopia Calls into Question Authoritarian Aid”, Professor Nic Cheeseman makes a case for recalibration of international aid models...

IWD: How democracy is failing women

In honour of International Women's Day 2019 Susan Dodsworth and our very own Nic Cheeseman have published a hard hitting critique of the way...

The problem of leadership in Africa

Is the biggest problem facing democracy in Africa leadership? And is so, why? In this exclusive blog for Democracy in Africa, Steven Friedman, one...

Should politicians give money to the poor in Nigeria?

Is patrimonial politics bad for Africa? Or might it actually be the best way to kick start development? Here, Portia Roelofs draws on her recent...

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...

DiA is on Strike!

In solidarity with UK academics who are protesting against a reduction in pay, an attack on their pensions, and the casualisation of labour, DiA...

Preventing COVID-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa

In the last several months, COVID-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing,...

Do election queues change election outcomes?

Election-day lines in the Global South are often cast as a gauge of citizens’ commitment to democracy. The European Parliament observer report...