Trouble in Africa’s cities is due to the fact that electoral competition drives leaders to be biased towards rural areas.
The most popular broadcast medium in Ghana has gone through a politically fuelled evolution that has strengthened it.
Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?
Western perceptions of what's happening in Tunisia differ sharply with Tunisia's daily reality: the truth is that its political transformation is in trouble.
By placing less emphasis on public opinion, and questioning public morality as the basis of its decision, the latest High Court decision shows that times have indeed changed.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
Despite former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo's absence, he continued to influence opposition party loyalties in the country.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
Surveys shows that the majority of Africans prefer democracy, despite its flaws, to the alternatives.
A new survey suggests opposition Zimbabwean leader Nelson Chamisa is closing in on the ruling Zanu-PF's President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Local governance can have a real effect - positive or negative - on the quality of schooling.
Zambia has gone from a country where people engaged freely in open political debate to one where most people now look over their shoulders to see who’s listening.
Protests in South Africa are about more than just service delivery of basic services such as water and electricity. They reflect a wider crisis about the failure to build a more equitable society.
The middle class concept in Africa has remained vague and limited to number crunching. The minimum threshold for entering it in monetary terms was critically vulnerable to a setback into poverty.
Most Africans see courts as legitimate but only a slim majority trust them while one in three people believe judges are corrupt.
Opposition parties in sub-Saharan Africa struggle to prove themselves worthy to skeptical voters who, unlike in Western competitive systems, don't trust them over former liberation movements.
The proposed new constitution would allow Alassane Ouattara to remain as president. Opposition parties see this move as a constitutional “coup” that will also protect his allies.
While some African countries have shown an improvement in press freedom and freedom of expression ratings, others, including South Africa, are seeing worrying trends and a drop in rankings.
Resistance to free movement across borders in many countries suggests that large numbers of African citizens see foreign migrants as competition to local labour and businesses.
Some economists have touted the rising middle class as a panacea for Africa's challenges. But a more realistic diagnosis of what makes up a middle class is needed.