Why social media activists face an uphill struggle in Zimbabwe

Long considered economically and socially underdeveloped compared with the rest of the world, Africa has in recent years emerged as an important...

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...

Open for Business – but not Democracy: Zimbabwe’s Foreign Policy under...

In late November 2017 Zimbabwe’s, securocrats replaced the nonagenarian Robert Gabriel Mugabe with his long-time confidante Emmerson Mnangagwa, declaring Zimbabwe ‘open for...

The Role of the Courts in Safeguarding Online Freedoms in Africa

The growing importance of the Internet in Africa has been accompanied by attempts of authoritarian governments to control the digital flow of...

President Mnangagwa is questioning the need for election observers … and...

On a recent state visit to Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa praised Malawi for successfully holding its election re-run without the presence of...

INTRO: Why digital democracy will take more than technology in Africa

From the mid-2000s onwards, the digital revolution raised hopes of democratic transformation and strengthening in Africa. But it hasn’t quite turned out...

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...

How fighting fake news hurts free speech

Governments across the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside the mountain of related challenges, fake news has become a source...

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....

Major Event on Promoting Women and Youth Political Participation and Representation!

We at Democracy in Africa are delighted to be teaming up with the Winihin Jemide Series to host a special event on...