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At D+C/E+Z, we are proud of our international network of authors. It is particularly important to us to be a platform for voices from the global south. Some authors contribute on a regular basis, others don't. Here you can find information about the people behind the contributions.

Henning Melber


is Associate at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and an extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. 

All articles of Henning Melber


How South Africa negotiated its new government

South Africa’s elections on 29 May took the country into new political terrain. The African National Congress (ANC) lost its absolute majority. However, thanks to democratic forces’ willingness to cooperate, the damage was limited.

BRICS enlargement

Why more BRICS members are not necessarily better

By expanding to BRICS+, the group aims to position itself more strongly as a global player. But economic, geopolitical and internal tensions remain, despite or precisely because of the new members.

Ovaherero and Nama genocide

No real reconciliation for the Ovaherero and Nama

Germany and Namibia’s joint declaration regarding the genocide in the former colony South-West Africa falls short in many ways

Germany and Namibia

Hurdles on reconciliation between Germany and the Ovaherero

Germany and Namibia are struggling to redress crimes of the colonial era

State building

How to make African statehood more successful

Citizenship and social protection are mutually reinforcing

Social stratification

Myths of middle class dynamism

Africa does not have a homogenous, progressive and fast growing middle class

Land ownership

How the first redistribution attempt failed

The policy proposed by Namibia’s first National Land Reform Conference in the early 1990s never took off

Land restitution

Righting a wrong

To make amends for colonial-era crimes, Germany should fund Namibian land restitution

South Africa

ANC gets away with minor dents

The ANC remains the strongest party in the parliamentary elections in South Africa, but must now deliver results

Southern Africa

New brooms sweeping clean?

Political upheaval is taking place from the Congo to South Africa

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