Democracy in Africa

From democracy promotion to ‘politically smart’ governance reform in Africa

Rosie Pinnington provides an important critique of the 'politically smart' governance reform that is being adopted by increasing numbers of donors. Rosie is a DPhil...

Africa’s Totalitarian Temptation: The Evolution of Autocratic Regimes

How resilient are popular movements for democracy in the face of a global resurgence of totalitarianism? Does Ethiopia and Sudan demonstrate that whatever appeal...

Do the AU’s efforts in Sudan offer lessons for the future?

Has the African Union's brokerage role in Sudan been a success? And does it have important lessons for the way that the AU should...

Tensions high as President Bashir launches re-election bid

In this post, Michaela Collord explores the tensions that have spread in Sudan ever since President Omar al-Bashir pledged his intention to seek re-election....

Sudan can avoid past mistakes by drawing lessons from its history

Sudan is on its sixth coup - has it learnt how to manage transitions from military to civilian rule? Willow Berridge highlights the mistakes...

Authoritarian Africa – Watch the Video of Fromagehomme’s new book!

DiA's very own Fromagehomme (aka Prof Nic Cheeseman) has a new book out with Dr Jonathan Fisher called Authoritarian Africa: Repression, Resistance and the...

Africans want consensual democracy – why is that reality so hard...

It has become common to argue that most Africans are not that committed to democracy. Commentators often suggest that Africans care more...

Al-Bashir easily wins re-election bid in Sudan

In contrast to the positive picture from Nigeria, portraits of the Sudanese electoral landscape look bleak. Michaela Collord explores. Michaela is a PhD candidate in...

The Sudan impasse: Bashir and prospects for mediation

Sudan is at a crossroads, but will President Omar Al-Bashir consider mediation or stepping down? Luka Kuol opines that Bashir’s instinct and pride may...
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...