Jolyon Ford is a Senior Analyst (Africa) at Oxford Analytica. He writes a blog on the intersection of business and politics in Africa at http://www.privatesector-publicworld.blogspot.co.uk/

Democracy and Change: What are the Prospects for an “African Spring?”

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High unemployment and expectations among a bulging youth population, cost of living pressures, aging long-time rulers and government that is unresponsive and unrepresentative. The coexistence of these factors helped drive the 2011 uprisings in North Africa. In varying degrees and combinations, they are also evident across much of the rest of the continent, generating, over the last year, a mini-literature on the prospects for equivalent protest movements and moments in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More…