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The Impact of Democracy on Development: The Case of South Africa

"The brief for this study was to present and discuss post-1994 changes, marking the advent of democracy in South Africa, to the socio-economic position of households, to assess improvements in service delivery, political changes, and public percep...

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 off...

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 ...

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

"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 c...

Democratising Regional Integration in Southern Africa: SADC National Committees as Platforms for Participatory Policy Making

"This research examines public participation and democratisation in SADC by investigating SADC National Committees (SNCs) as institutions that support regional participatory policy development. Since the 2001 amended SADC Treaty introduced SNCs, l...

The Impact of Democracy in Botswana: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the Dawn of Democracy

"Botswana achieved independence from Britain more than 40 years ago and much has changed in Botswana since that time. This paper reports on the state of development in Botswana over the past 10 to 15 years, and looks at whether democracy has led ...

The Impact of Democracy in Zimbabwe: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the dawn of Democracy

"This paper briefly outlines some of the perceptions of Zimbabweans regarding the various changes that have occurred in the country in the past 10–15 years,particularly where the democratisation process is concerned. The paper seeks to ascertain ...

The Impact of Democracy in Mozambique: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy

"Does democracy enhance the process of development in Mozambique? This report attempts to answer this question through analysing different types of data. Specifically, it examines how democratic institutions have increased accountability and effic...

Developmental Dividends of Democratisation in Malawi: A country report

"The question that is at the core of this report is: where is Malawi, more than 10 years after that decisive referendum? In trying to address this question, we look at three key issues: household socio-economic changes, social development (includ...

The Impact of Democracy in Namibia: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the dawn of Democracy

"This country report presents an overview of Namibia based on the most recent socio-economic data, such as comprehensive expenditure data culled from the 2003/2004 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES), the 2nd Millennium Develo...

The Impact of Democracy in Lesotho: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the Dawn of Democracy

"The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether the transition to a democracy in Lesotho, since its independence in 1966, has resulted in the socio-economic development and an improvement in the lives of citizens in this country. This paper t...

Public Administration for a Democratic Developmental State in Africa : Prospects and Possibilities

"The goal of this paper is to examine the concept of a developmental public service and administration within the context of a democratic developmental state (DDS) in Africa. Developmental public service and administration means an efficient and ...

Municipal Responses to Climate Change in South Africa: The case of eThekwini, the City of Cape Town, and the City of Johannesburg

"This study assesses the extent of progress made in institutionalising climate change policy responses within three metropolitan municipalities in South Africa – Cape Town, eThekwini (Durban) and Johannesburg. By focusing on the progress in some o...

Why is this Election different from all others? ANC, COPE and the way forward

"The election is different from all others because it is overshadowed by a range of other factors inside the ANC, particularly fears and defections. At the same time the election will not provide an adequate indication of the potential strength an...

Democratic Decision-Making and Development at the Local Level: Lessons from rural Botswana

"This paper attempts to understand the relationship between deliberative democracy, on the one hand, and local or community-level development on the other, with specific reference to Botswana. In essence, the paper seeks to answer the following tw...

Making Meaningful Electoral Choices: Reviewing current debates on reforming South Africa's electoral system

"This paper was commissioned by the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) with the aim of contributing to, or resuscitating, the debate about electoral systems reform in South Africa. To this end, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) made a commitment to ...

A Future in Dispute: Political perspectives on South Africa's provincial system

"This study examines this renewed debate mainly, from the perspectives of the major political parties in the country. It seeks to understand what views and ideas these parties hold in the wake of the renewed vigour in South Africa’s perennial deba...

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

"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 sector...

The Resurgence of Radical Nationalism in the South Atlantic: a working paper

"We here take a closer look at these radical nationalisms and the challenges which they face. For besides being in urgent need of solidarity, their predicament raises universal questions regarding the ways and means of delinking in the course of ...

Assessing Progress on Climate Change Policy and Practice

"This paper investigates climate change policy responses and strategies adopted by the South African government on one hand, and those adopted by SADC as a collective entity on the other. It seeks to assess the level of progress made in terms of t...

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