Still no People Power
NAI researcher Fantu Cheru analyses trends in the struggle for democracy in Africa
In 1990 all but five of Africa’s 54 countries were dictatorships, either civilian or military. Ten years later most of the countries had introduced political reforms and become democratic. But very few, even today, have moved on beyond just holding multiparty elections.
– Governing elites argue that economic progress is more important than building democratic institutions. But in African countries with high economic performance there have been little of rising incomes or popular welfare. Democracy must mean more than elections. It must address people’s right to food, education and better health, says Fantu Cheru.
Read Fantu Cheru’s article Democracy and People Power in Africa: still searching for the ‘political kingdom’, in Third World Quarterly.