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Political Economy Models of the Resource Curse: Implications for Policy and Research

"A number of studies suggest that natural resources can have a negative impact on countries’development prospects. This paper reviews political economy models of the resource curse and examines the implications of these models in terms of policy and…

Building on Progress? Chinese Engagement in Ethiopia1

"A majority of the growing literature on Sino–African relations focus on China’s relations with resource-rich/economically robust countries or unsavoury regimes. Limited attention has been paid to the rest of Africa’s states, but it is in these ‘les…

China’s Role in Infrastructure Development in Botswana

"Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is often characterised as a major success story on the continent. Consistent economic growth, effective democratic institutions and strong forward planning contribute to the country’s overall reput…

Chinese Development Co-operation in Africa: The Case of Tembisa's Friendship Town

"Chinese development co-operation in Africa has invoked both admiration and criticism, much of it based on limited empirical or anecdotal evidence, contributing to conflicting perceptions as to its purpose, means and outcomes. Unpacking the policie…

Managing Resources and the Democratic Order: The Experience of Botswana

"Africa is a potentially rich continent that remains one of the poorest in the world. For most African countries, an abundance of resources has not only contributed to underdevelopment but has undermined democracy. Public office is a major source of…

The Oil Factor in Sino–Angolan Relations at the Start of the 21st Century

"Even though trade figures are the most impressive feature of Sino–Angolan bilateral relations after 2002, the main reason why China’s engagement in Angola has been attracting so much attention from scholars, the media and politicians is the fact th…

The globalisation of the South African political economy

"This research attempts to compare globalisation and regional integration as paths to economic development, using South Africa as a case study. Applying the following conceptual definitions of the two units of analysis, this study will focus main…

Malawi: The erratic pulse of the warm heart of Africa

"Malawi after President Banda's rule is challenged with democratic reform, economic development and growth. This report discusses the numerous problems in the transition of a country that is landlocked, in debt and highly illiterate with low levels …

Sudan: Complexity, conflict and co-operation

"Sudan has been the site of ongoing civil war since the mid 1980s with devestating effects to its population, diplomatic relations and economic growth. This report examines the prospects for South African involvement in Sudan in light of ongoing eco…

South Africa's role in Africa

South Africa’s position in Africa cannot be properly assessed without an overall view of the composition of the Republic’s population. The relations between the various communities will have a crucial effect on relations with the rest of Africa. It …

South Africa and the Commonwealth political, strategic, economic

This paper is divided into three sections. In the first part the political situation in South Africa is discussed and background is given on the political parties of the time. The relationship of South Africa with Britain is given attention as Brita…

The economic problems and policies of South Africa's neighbouring black African states

"Westerners tend to assume that the newly independent states of Africa are somehow, morally bound to make economic development their first and foremost priority. However, to Africans, no less than to other people, independence means to be master of…

Current trends in international banking regulation vs supervision

This brief report provides an overview of recent changes and current debates in the global financial arena, since South Africa is returning to participation in the global economy and events point to growing linkage between South African and global f…

SADCC: a post-Nkomati evaluation

"Since 1979 two moves have been made to promote greater economic interaction and co-operation among the countries of Southern Africa. These are the South African government's proposal for a Constellation of Southern African States (CONSAS) and the A…

The Arusha conference: Moves toward a new grouping of states in Southern and Central Africa

This brief report describes the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference held at Arusha, Tanzania, on 3 and 4 July 1979. The Conference aims to develop new infrastructure and create a new economic relationship in Southern Africa which…

East Africa's hub: The experience of doing business in Kenya

"The overall objective of the study was to locate some of the challenges and opportunities related to doing business in Kenya for South African companies, to identify some of the mistakes made and to convey the key lessons these firms have learnt.…

Timbuktu's golden legacy: The experience of South African Firms doing business in Mali

"This report is based on a series of interviews that were conducted in Mali in May 2005 with resident South African companies to research their experience of the Malian business environment. The study found that South African companies are mainly i…

Glimpse of hope in West Africa: The experience of South African Firms doing business in Ghana

"Relations between Ghana and South Africa have improved and expanded greatly since 1994 in light of the political and economic transformations in both countries. Both investors and government officials in South Africa regard Ghana as a beacon of ho…

Ivory coast - Too much cocoa and cofee is bad for you?

This Brief Report discusses the roots of the crisis in the Ivory Coast. Felix Houphouet-Boigny’s regime is increasingly under threat. The economy grew rapidly after independence in 1960, due to state capitalism and friendly relations with the West, …

Réunion: A world in miniature

Reunion is an island in the Indian Ocean with a population of mixed origin. The principal divisions in Reunion’s population are economic rather than social or ethnic. Metropolitan France governed Reunion as a colony until 1946, when it received full…

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