Security and the politics of fear in African elections

Elections across sub-Saharan Africa are frequently accompanied by fears of electoral violence and shrill calls for peace from civil society, journalists, governments,...

What Does Post-Socialist Democracy Look Like in Africa?

Between 1960 and 1992, socialist one-party states were among the most common forms of government in Africa. Rhetorically, this ideology offered leaders...

Why we shouldn’t expect rapid democratic progress in Tanzania

Nobody was surprised that President John Magufuli won a second term in Tanzania’s 2020 general elections. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi has...

INTERVIEW: President Magufuli’s Death, His Successor, and the Future of Tanzanian...

On the day after the official announcement of the death of Tanzanian President John Magufuli at the age of 61, DiA interviews...

What Google Search Data can Tell us About COVID-19 in Tanzania

COVID-19 is once again a major concern for Tanzanians. In recent weeks, religious groups have spoken out about the number of priests...

Digital technologies and the new public square: revitalising democracy?

Over the past 15+ years, the world has witnessed an astonishing transformation in information and communications technologies (ICTs) across both developed and...

How Social Media is Changing Politics in Africa

In our popular Book Club feature, Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony reflect on the key lessons of their important new volume on Social Media...

How Digital Repression Is Changing African Politics

Africa’s first election of 2021, featuring a presidential race in Uganda between President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Bobi Wine, provided a...

Adapting to climate change while combatting COVID-19 in East Africa

The race to contain the COVID-19 pandemic comes against the backdrop of the worldwide need to adapt to climate change, which remains...

International anti-corruption: On the front page vs. under the radar

Anti-corruption will make international headlines in 2021, not just with the odd scandal but also due to the UN General Assembly convening...