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It's Time for the National Programme of Action

"As the APRM celebrates 10 years of its existence, it is important to highlight the immense achievements of the mechanism. Profound and central to the APRM is the country self-assessment process with its elaborate methodology encompassing nation-w...

African Peer Review Mechanism: Development Lessons from Africa's Remarkable Governance Assessment System

This case study of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) seeks to examine the lessons it holds about South–South knowledge exchange, South–South co-operation(SSC), capacity development and development effectiveness. This case study outlines t...

From Non-interference to Good Governance: Shifting Perspectives on Development Africa

"The paper has provided an overview of the meaning of governance and its relationship to development, including how this is expressed in development strategy using the good governance agenda. In the case of Africa there is a shift from ‘non-inter...

Kenya's Regional Relations: Between Principle and Practice

"Kenya has long been cast as a reluctant regional actor. Those who view it as having a strong economy, but lacking political leverage in its region have questioned its regional influence. Critics argue that Kenya takes its cue from its neighbou...

South Africa's Diplomacy 20 Years on: Implementing the African Agenda Around Core Values, Principles and Issues

"After 20 years of democracy, post-apartheid South Africa has been successfully reintegrated into international affairs. By virtue of the country’s domestic order, specifically its democracy, human rights and globally integrated economy, South A...

South Africa's Implementation of the APRM: Making a Difference or Going Through the Motions

"South Africa’s 2007 African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Report (CRR) identified numerous governance challenges. The country committed itself to eradicating these challenges through implementing a National Programme of Action (NPo...

2013 Elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe: Lessons for Africa and Beyond

"The 2013 elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe took place in the context of both optimism and fear. Held under new constitutional dispensations that promised democratic progress, these were ‘first-generation’ elections that followed the gruesome electo...

Building an African Corporate Governance

"Developing a suitable system of corporate governance is an important priority for Africa. Corporate governance is underdeveloped on the continent – outside particular pockets – but the emerging system reflects a mix of universal and distinctly Af...

Strengthening the African Peer Review Mechanism: Insights from National Governing Councils

"National Governing Councils (NGCs)2 are the lynchpin of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Situated between the state’s political leadership and the technical institutions carrying out the research, NGCs are crucial to the development of...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 41

This issue of Southern Africa record focuses on Southern Africa and in particular on Nigeria, Angola and Mozambique. Extracts from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in October 1985 is published and this include the agreement between So...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 2, 1983

This bulletin includes 4 articles and several book reviews. The first article on Angola describes the background factors to the Angolan developments and the conflict in Angola after the end of colonial rule. The next article focuses on the controv...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 3, 1983

In this bulletin the first article looks at Africa and the independence from Europe and how this has impacted on the development of Africa. The author indicates that this process of decolonization was not always successful and Africa still clings ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 19

This publication contains documents on the Rhodesian Settlement initiatives with specific reference to the Lancaster House agreements and conference of October 1979. Several other statements by Sir Ian Gilmour and Lord Soames complete this section...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 20

This publication begins with correspondence between the UN Secretary –General and the South African Foreign Minister concerning the negotiations on SWA/Namibia. It further covers reports and letter from and to the UN Secretary-General on issues r...

The Republic of South Africa and Detente

This article gives a historical view of the development in South Africa in the post-World War II period. It describes the international affairs policies of the sixties and how these policies have changed over time. It then looks at the easing of s...

The Political Outlook in Southern Africa

"Confidence in a country's future depends both on sound economic conditions and on a stable political environment. But it is equally true that a lack of confidence can itself create negative results, politically and economically, and therefore con...

Reflections on the Nigerian-South African Dialogue

"The first session of the Dialogue was closed to the outside public. In this, much was learnt about the history, nature, role and resource-bases of the respective institutions. The second day of the Dialogue covered the political outlook and the f...

Guinea-Bissau after Vieira: Challenges and Opportunities

"On 7 June 1998, an army mutiny led by former Chief of Staff, General Ansumane Mane, plunged the Republic of Guinea-Bissau into devasting civil war. The coup aimed to oust President Joao Bernardo Vieira, who had come to power in a military coup ag...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record No 50

The first item is an advisory opinion of Proclamation R101 of the Republic of South Africa and covers legal aspects of the Namibian independence negotiations. The next item is extracts relating to the withdrawal of criminal proceedings arising on ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 3, 1979

This bulletin has five articles. ‘Africa 1979: Myths, Miracles and Mirrors’ argues that domestic political developments in five separate African countries, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, Ghana and Nigeria have moved the ...

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