Tag: Afrobarometer

Offsetting Sudan’s deep state: Unfolding transition offers promise – and substantial risk

     

Sudan’s unfolding transition offers both great promise and substantial risk, according to a new analysis. There is every reason to expect that entrenched interests that have benefited under the old… Read more »

A new ‘Totalitarian Temptation’? Authoritarians rely on ideas too

     

Sudan’s transition promises to be anything but easy. Economic problems that sparked initial protests in 2018 still await complex solutions, and the state bureaucracy remains weak. How will the military… Read more »

Lessons for Sudan from Nigeria’s ‘militarized democratic experiment’?

     

Africa’s latest emerging democracy, Sudan, deserves the benefit of Nigeria’s experience, its civilian opposition having recently signed a pact of diarchy — supposedly transitional — with the military, argues Nigerian author… Read more »

The biggest impediment to democratic governance is……?

     

Erosion in public confidence in the media could embolden African leaders with autocratic tendencies, says Jeff Conroy-Krutz, Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. It could also provoke violence… Read more »

Corruption impacts society’s poorest and most vulnerable the hardest

     

  More than one in four people who accessed public services during the previous year had to pay a bribe, according to the new Global Corruption Barometer – Africa 2019, released… Read more »

‘Warlord democrats’ threaten Africa’s democratic moment?

     

In the 60-plus years since the countries of sub-Saharan Africa started becoming independent, democracy there has advanced unevenly. Even as some countries in the region have grown into success stories,… Read more »

‘Freedom under Threat’: Africa’s closing political space

     

  At least a dozen African governments have passed laws that improperly constrain nongovernmental organizations in the last 15 years, while anti-NGO measures are pending in six more, according to… Read more »

Democracy protests a legacy of ‘voice of Sudan’s dispossessed and marginalized’

     

A new tide of people power is rising in Africa, according to analysts Zoe Marks, Erica Chenoweth and Jide Okeke. On April 2, a nonviolent resistance movement in Algeria succeeded in pressuring Abdelaziz… Read more »

Algeria’s transition scenarios: ‘dreams of democracy tempered by fear of Islamism’?

     

President Bouteflika’s resignation has left Algeria facing a period of uncertainty replete with hope and fear, The (London) Times reports. The hope is that, at long last, this oil and gas-rich… Read more »