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 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...

The Aid Debate: Time for Donors to Drop President Museveni

As the results from the Ugandan elections were announced, there was an overwhelming sense of dejà-vu.  President Yoweri Museveni, in power for...

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...

Short on strategy: WhatsApp use in the Ugandan elections

This week’s general election in Uganda concludes a unique campaign. In July 2020, the Electoral Commission announced restrictions in response to the...

This is why Bobi Wine constitutes an unprecedented threat to Museveni

On 18 and 19 November, at least 54 people were killed by security forces during protests triggered by the arrest of musician-turned-politician...

What we do (not) know about Internet shutdowns in Africa

Internet shutdowns in Africa have become the new normal. In 2019, at least 10 African countries blocked access to the internet, constituting...

Facebook’s ongoing scramble for Africa

In 2016, Facebook’s grand project to ‘connect the unconnected’ was banned in India after a year-long national debate led by digital activists....

#BookClub: East Africa After Liberation

In the latest in our popular #BookClub feature, Jonathan Fisher reveals the most significant lessons of  his important new book East Africa After Liberation. To...

Uganda: How Museveni plans to “win” the 2021 elections

In 2021, at least 15 million Ugandans will queue in their respective polling stations to choose their preferred leaders, and as always the greatest...