Why the quality of democracy matters for women’s rights in democratising...

This week, we build on our successful gender and politics series by sharing two blogs that provide additional angles on key issues in the...

Why elections in Bostwana and South Africa can be ‘free’ but...

In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa's 'democratic darlings'; Botswana and South Africa. These...

On predictability. The everyday struggles of shack dwellers in South Africa

Last week, the award-winning film, Dear Mandela, by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, was screened at the London School of Economics and Political Science....

Performing opposition in the South African National Assembly

In this blog, Rachel Johnson makes the case for exploring disruptive performances in South Africa's National Assembly. This approach can give us a new...

#Rhodesmustfall: institutional racism in South Africa and beyond

Our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, explores the recent protests around institutional racism at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa....

What’s in a name? BRICS and the global financial architecture

In this article Pooja Jain and Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock explore plans by the BRICS countries to establish their own development bank and currency reserve. What...

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...

South Africa at the polls, and beyond.

In this blog piece our Co-editor, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the run-up to South Africa's polls, and the longer-term political questions that...

What does Zuma’s resignation mean for South Africa?

Alex Beresford provides a short and sweet analysis of the outlook for South Africa following the fall of Jacob Zuma and the rise of Cyril...

South African Elections 2014 – after the party, the long view

In this two-part blog, Matthew Kustenbauder unpacks the South African election results, highlighting historic trends, new developments, and future possibilities. In his first post,...