Term Limits: A Linchpin to Restoring Democratic Norms in Africa

Lost in the wave of democratic backsliding seen in Africa in recent years has been the dramatic deterioration of term limit norms....

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

Edgar Lungu, Zambia’s third term controversy, and the 2021 elections

At a time when authoritarian leaders across Africa are looking to scrap the two term limits imposed by their respective constitutions, the...

Why the University of Zambia’s disavowal of Sishuwa Sishuwa threatens academic...

DiA note: to read and add your signature to a statement in support of Sishuwa Sishuwa from academics around the work, click...

Statement of solidarity with Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa against unfounded charges of...

DiA is proud to share a statement of solidarity with Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa against unfounded charges of sedition that has been put...

New Online Seminar Series! New Developments in Democracy in Africa

Democracy in Africa is excited to launch a new venture - our very own seminar series, New Developments in Democracy in Africa.

Remembering Zambia’s flawed 2016 election as 2021 looms

Reading Sakwa James’ recent blog on the 2021 Ugandan elections gave me a sense of déjà vu – here we go again,...