Figures of the week: Tracking African political transitions


On Thursday January 11, the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) at Brookings released its annual Foresight Africa report, highlighting six key priorities for the continent in the year 2018. The first chapter of the report—Unleashing Africa’s inner strengths: Institutions, policies, and champions—discusses strategies for tackling the continent’s challenges more effectively. This post highlights the 2018 election schedule in Africa and the Brookings Institution’s African Leadership Transition Tracker. 

Early 2018 has already seen political turnover in a variety of forms in two sub-Saharan African countries: Liberia and South Africa. The rest of the year will see at least 17 more elections. To follow and display these political transitions and the trend in transition types since…

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