They Can Be Nasty, But New Media Platforms Have Become Powerful Across Africa – And The Empire Is Pushing Back

ONLINE platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great organising potential, enhance political accountability and disrupt old media practices that tend to exclude less powerful voices from important social and political discussions. On the other hand, they have invited …

A New ‘Scramble For Africans’: Once Continent’s Soaring Population Was Alarming, Today It’s A Big Opportunity. Why?

Africa is a continent about which many wildly different stories have been told. It has not always been provided the chance to tell its own stories.

There Are Fewer And Fewer Outright Dictatorships In Africa; Welcome To The New Era Of  ‘Masquerade Democracies’

Nearly all of Africa has opposition parties – which is more than can be said for China. While opposition leaders face intimidation, their troubles are minor in comparison to the deadly retribution meted out in Russia

The ‘Bad Boys’ Are Winning Again: Slippery Slope Back To Authoritarianism In Africa

Burundi is far from alone. Rwanda, Togo, Gabon, Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have all fiddled with term limits

Democracy, Dictatorship And The Circle Of Economic Growth In Africa: It Really Is Complicated

The Asian Tigers, as well as China, Ethiopia and Rwanda, support the view that autocracies grow more rapidly than democracies – but often lack the leadership renewal that regular free and and fair elections bring about