Gender quotas and women’s representation in African parliaments

In this blog, Dr Gretchen Bauer focuses in on gender quotas in Africa, and asks what the impact of increasing women in parliament has been....

African Elections as Vehicles for Change

I have just published an article on when African elections actually lead to political change in the Journal of Democracy. The aim of the...

Zambian Democracy’s Biggest Test Yet

As one of the few countries to have experienced multiple democratic transfers of power, Zambia has long been considered among Africa’s more...

Does China’s involvement in African elections and politics hurt democracy?

As African and Chinese leaders prepare to gather in Senegal for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China is promoting a narrative focused...

Remembering Africa’s Last Philosopher King: Kenneth Kaunda Obituary

DiA's own Professor Nic Cheeseman and Sishuwa Sishuwa have written a political obituary of Zambia's "founding father" and first president Kenneth Kaunda,...

Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state...

DiA's Nic Cheeseman reflects on President Lungu's decision (not to) call a State of Emergency, and where his assumption of greater executive power leaves...

Zambia’s Crisis of Democracy and the 2021 General Elections

Zambia is one of the fastest eroding democracies in the world. This is according to the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-dem), one...

The coming debt crisis? How African states borrow, and who they...

There is growing concern about the level of debt accumulated by countries such as Ghana and Zambia. In the latest in our popular Book...

A positive feedback loop: men’s historical dominance of Zambian politics

In this post, Alice Evans argues that women’s historical paucity in Zambian politics was largely due to gender divisions of labour. The colonial model...

Is Africa becoming more democratic?

In celebration of Africa Day, DiA's Nic Cheeseman considers whether Africa is becoming more democratic, and argues that things look better than you might...