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eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 3, August 2005

The special feature in this edition of eAfrica, looks at a study by the South African Institute of International Affairs, which examined successful and failed PPPs. It concluded that before Africa can unleash the potential of PPPs, it must change ...

Malawi: Off the Southern African Map?

Since South Africa’s political transition, Malawi appears to have dropped off Pretoria’s political map; under Banda it was South Africa’s closest African ally. Earlier this year, Malawi staged its second democratic election, amidst allegations of ...

State visits as a tool of economic diplomacy: Bandwagon or business sense?

"Economic diplomacy has become a priority for South Africa’s foreign policy with the specific objectives of improving market access and trade with bilateral partners, increasing foreign direct investment, positioning South Africa as a preferred t...

Service Sector Liberalisation in India: Key lessons and challenges

"The service sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Indian economy. It has been integral to India’s overall liberalisation and structural reform programme, which was initiated in the 1980s and gained momentum after 1991. The increasi...

Emerging powers and the changing global environment: Leadership norms and Institutions

"Emerging powers are asserting their influence in various multilateral institutions and seeking to amplify their unified voice on critical global policy issues. Some, notably Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), have gone a step...

The Land factor in Mining Gold Reserves in Tanzania

"In the early 1990s the discovery of large quantities of gold deposits in the Lake Victoria Basin of Tanzania seemed to be the long-awaited candle to light the way to economic growth and poverty reduction. Economic indices in gold production are g...

Zimbabwe 1992-1996: Second 5-year national development plan

This brief report describes Zimbabwe’s second five-year national development plan, which was published on 13 February 1992 and will involve both public and private sector reforms. The viability of the 5-year plan is threatened by the drought and t...

Zambia - Past Present and Future

Zambia is at a critical stage in her development as a country. The economy of Zambia is not in a healthy state and it is uncertain if she could stand the pressure building up around South Africa.This paper looks at the economic situation before ...

Madagascar: Paradise Lost?

Madagascar acceded to autonomous statehood in October 1958 and has since been known for its conflict between the coastal people and the traditional ruling group, the Merina. However the economy went into a deep decline after 1967 and the crisis w...

The Outlook for American Policies towards South Africa in 1985

The beginning of the year has seen South African relations with the U. S at the top of the foreign policy agenda. Developments in five inter-related areas namely protests, legislation in the US congress as well as states and cities, the Sullivan c...

Talking peace in Southern Africa: Deadlock in Mozambique; Breakthrough in Angola

"It is generally agreed that the process of building a prosperous future southern Africa will to a large extent be shaped by the demands for democratisation and political stability. This is true for all the countries of the region, but especially ...

Zimbabwe: Eleven years after

This brief report looks at what Zimbabwe had achieved eleven years after independence. First of all it takes a closer look at the Constitutional changes that were implemented after Independence and then it examines the economic development and gro...

Zambia's Privatisation continues apace

"South Africa is set to become a major player in the economy of Zambia, according to figures recently released by the Zambia Investment Centre in Lusaka. Investment pledges have reached up to US$180 million, easily passing those of Britain, which ...

South Africa: A balance sheet

This update describes the achievements of the Government of National Unity in the 18 months since the establishment of the Unity. The three sets of problems encountered are described as the underestimation of technical complexity of what they have...

Learning from the Latins: Political and economic transition in Latin America and South Africa

"While no one country ever provides a perfect model for another, it is nonetheless valuable to contrast the experiences and expectations of South Africa with those of various Latin American countries. The diversity among these states provides an ...

Recent Developments in Zambia

The paper gives basic information on the political status, economy and origins of GDP for Zambia. The colonial era saw the development of mining and the primary sector into highly efficient units of production, whilst the subsistence agricultural ...

The 14th OAU Summit Conference at Libreville, Gabon June/July 1977

This conference summary provides a Charter for the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and then states some actual and potential conflict issues such as containing disputes between its member states and preventing them from splitting the organizat...

To Bélinga or not to Bélinga? China's evolving engagement in Gabon's mining sector

"Gabon’s recent ambition to reduce its dependency on oil revenue by diversifying its economy coincides with China’s growing investment in resource-rich African countries. Within the wide range of Sino–Gabonese co-operation, the mining sector – an...

Setting the Boundaries of a social licence for mining in South Africa: The Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project

"The international minerals industry faces challenges from communities who are increasingly vocal about the potential environmental and social degradation of mining activities, as well as their right to decide on local development strategies that ...

Dreaming out loud:Implications of a Doha end-game for South Africa

"In November 2011, the Doha Round will be in its tenth year. Efforts continue in Geneva to conclude the negotiations but with no sign of agreement anytime soon. The talks have essentially been stuck since the last draft modalities of 2008, and n...

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