Increasing Influence: China in West Africa

This edition of West Africa Insight reflects on the ways China is extending its influence across West Africa. Tobi Oshodi and James Barnett start by providing an overview and analysis of the role Confucius Institutes, of which there are now 15 in West Africa, are playing in support of China’s soft power agenda in the …

Friends of Europe – Europe and the Sahel

Friends of Europe, in partnership with Centre for Democracy and Development, invites you to join us for our upcoming debate on security developments in the Sahel and the presentation of our upcoming study on Europe and the Sahel. The debate will take place online on Wednesday, 12 May from 10.00-11.30 (CEST). Join João Gomes Cravinho, …

A case for continued election observation in Africa

The core value of election observation lies in the recommendations offered in observer reports, which serve as the basis for post-election reforms and long-term strengthening of democracy. Observers also contribute by building confidence in democratic practices and in deterring irregularities, particularly in transition and post-conflict contexts. However recent court annulments of presidential elections in Kenya …