Former Project Officer, African Studies Center

Research areas:

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Southern Africa
  • Elections
  • Political parties


Victor Magnani holds a MRes in Political Science with a specialization in African Studies from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He had various professional experiences in South Africa (French Consulate in Cape Town, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, French Institute of South Africa) prior to joining the African Studies Center of the French Institute of International Relations - Ifri in 2015. His research focuses on elections and political parties in two countries in particular, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

From 2016 to 2020, Victor Magnani coordinated the Observatory of Central and Southern Africa in collaboration with the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. 

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On the eve of the 25th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) still holds power in a nearly hegemonic way. Nevertheless, the popularity of the party is decreasing while economic and social inequalities are deeply entrenched in the country.


Movements of African people, being within their countries, on the continent or heading Europe, have numerous and ancient causes. The term “migration” covers a plurality of situations with many internal as well as international implications. Therefore, reasons to migrate deserve a careful...


At the end of the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s federal congress held in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 10th May 2015, Helen Zille was replaced by Mmusi Maimane after eight years as leader of South Africa’s largest opposition party. This passing of the baton had a significant impact both nationally and...

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