Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)

CPS is an independent policy research institution that produces original research on Africa's policies, governance and democratization challenges. Originally established as part of the Business School of the University of the Witwatersrand in 1987, CPS’s work earns wide recognition among foreign scholars and research institutions. http://www.cps.org.za/

Library Articles

Assessing the role of councillors in service delivery at local government level in South Africa: Research Report No 125

"This research report presents the findings of a study that explores the role of elected public representatives (local councillors) in service delivery. According to the Handbook for Municipal Councillors, the broad mandate of local government officials is to promote developmental local government and facilitate socio-economic development at the local municipal level. The study uses four...

Positioning Civil Society Post Polokwane : Coming to Terms with ANC Political Leadership Changes

"The introduction of this report provides an overview of the research objectives and a discussion of research methods and limitations to the study. This is followed by a theoretical discussion defining the project’s understanding of civil society as a concept, as well as a typology of civil society in post-apartheid South Africa. Section 3 focuses on the ANC, providing an overview of the...

Rapid or Incremental Change? Assigning greater Legislative Powers to the Pan African Parliament

Published: 2010
"This study sought to achieve three key goals: firstly, to review the institutional development and practical achievements of the PAP during its first term; secondly, to examine the prospects of the PAP acquiring greater legislative powers and competencies; and thirdly, to examine ways in which the PAP could enhance its institutional effectiveness and competence by strengthening its non-...

Reflections on Zimbabwe's Past as Building Blocks for its Future

Published: 2010
"This paper seeks to reflect on the situation in Zimbabwe through the last two decades and to conclude by suggesting some policy directions for the way forward. The reflection focuses largely on local government, land, health and education sectors. In order to map out the future of the country, it is important to revisit the last 28 years. The events described in the first section are...

Strengthening Africa's Governance Architecture: Lessons from Lesotho's First APRM Processes

Published: 2010
"The discussion above was intended to review Lesotho’s experience as the twelfth AU country to undergo the APRM process and to draw lessons of benefit for the future. Based on the discussion above, it can be concluded broadly that despite some questions and issues of the autonomy of the process from government influence and control (especially through legal/ contractual delays as well as...

More Continuity Than Change? Reconfiguring Relations between ANC and Civil Society Post-Polokwane

Published: 2010
"The material in this Policy Brief is drawn largely from this research, and opinions cited emanate from the interviews on which the research was based. The discussion interrogates perceptions of the nature and extent to which the ANC has revised its attitude towards civil society organizations, and in turn, how some organizations intend to respond. It explores whether or not strategic and...

The United States and Africa in the Obama Era: New wine in old bottles, old bottles for a new beverage - Or a new label on an old brew?

Published: 2010
"This policy brief takes as its basic position that, historically, American policy – or, more properly, policies – towards Africa have been an extension of how the US characterises its national interest – in the same fashion as policies towards European or Asian nations. This includes a mix – varying over time and in response to specific circumstances - of trade, economic development and...

Women's Engagement with Political Parties in Contemporary Africa: Reflections on Uganda's Experience

Published: 2009
"This paper reviews and reflects on the experience of women’s political engagement in contemporary Uganda after the introduction of multiparty competitive elections in 2006. While the paper explores the recent political changes in Uganda and the experiences of women, it places this in a comparative context, by reflecting briefly on the experiences of other selected countries on the continent...

The Consequences of Inaction: Climate Change and the Challenges for Rural and Agrarian Policy in Africa

Published: 2009
"This paper seeks to lay out the nature of the challenges facing not only communities but also policy makers across the continent, as a result of climate change and its associated environmental consequences. The paper is largely descriptive, as it seeks to give an outline of the potential and real threats facing Africa. However, the paper also highlights a number of practical policy...

Synopsis Policy Studies Bulletin of CPS Vol 10 No 4, December 2009

"This edition of Synopsis focuses attention on the elections in Southern Africa and Africa in general. Several African States in the SADC region have either held elections recently or will be holding elections in 2010/2011. The articles cover selected aspects of democratic elections and governance. The first two articles discuss the disregard shown by political leaders for electoral outcomes...

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