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Russia and Angola: The Rebirth of a Strategic Partnership?

"Africa and Russia in general, and Angola and Russia in particular, have a long-standing friendship dating back to the days when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was assisting African national liberation movements in gaining independ…

Preventing and Resolving Future Climate and Natural Resource-related Conflicts in the Zambesi Basin: A Study of Bulawayo and Chinde Districts

"Long-term changes in climate are likely to increase a range of risks to human security, including the risk of violent conflict. The city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, and Chinde district in the Zambezia province of Mozambique have been identified as ar…

Angola, the Reluctant SADC Trader

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade (PoT) was signed in 1996 with the aim of increasing trade between member states through the elimination of tariffs and harmonisation of customs procedures. Regional tariff phase-…

Diamond Industry Annual Review: Angola 2004

"This first Annual Review of the diamond industry in Angola examines the state of the industry since UN sanctions against UNITA were ended in December 2002. It examines the potential for diamonds to serve as an engine of development rather than war.…

'Oil for Housing': Chinese-built New Towns in Angola

"China has gained a foothold in the African construction sector through the provision of ‘resources for infrastructure’ loans. The dominance of Chinese companies is particularly evident in mega projects such as railways, major transportation arter…

Joining Hands Integrating Gender and HIV/AIDS: Report of an ACORD Project using Stepping Stones in Angola, Tanzania and Uganda

There is a need for everyone – men, women, parents, children, households and communities – to join hands in addressing the immediate needs of those already infected with HIV/AIDS. This disease continues to attack an ever growing proportion of girls…

Water Governance and International Co-operation: Lessons from the Cubango-Okavango River System

"International co-operation on trans-boundary water systems has become an increasingly important norm in natural resource management, especially as climate change and population growth place growing pressure on the global water sector. The Permanent…

Cycles of Violence Gender Relations and Armed Conflict

The research project ‘Gender-Sensitive Programme Design and Planning in Conflict-Affected Situations’ was carried out by ACORD during 2000 and 2001. Its overall aim was to enhance gender-awareness in the design and management of development project…

Weapons control measures in Southern African states

This international policy update reviews the prospects for implementing effective control measures of small arms proliferation by South Africa’s neighbouring states. The formulation and execution of South Africa’s small arms control policies must …

AERC Scoping Exercise on China-Africa Relations The Case of Angola

"Angola, for strategic reasons of its own, has no intention of aligning solely with Beijing. Angola is pursuing its own version of non-alignment in favour of its own home grown resource nationalist approach. Indeed in contrast to neighbouring Zimbab…

Building peace and democracy in Angola : Challenges and opportunities

"The Angola Country Program Lessons Identified Seminar (LIS) took place in Luanda, Angola,on 01 and 02 October 2008. The overall goal of the seminar was to create a forum for sharing of experiences, analysis, and reflections by various stakeholders …

Intertwined Paths: Portugal and Rising Angola

"Since independence, Portuguese–Angolan relations have been constrained by their historical past and by Angola’s own internal vicissitudes. However, the end of Angola’s civil war in 2002, and the stability and national reconciliation process that f…

Black Gold in the Congo : Threat to Stability or Development Opportunity

"Although it should provide development opportunities,renewed oil interest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) represents a real threat to stability in a still vulnerable post-conflict country. Exploration has begun, but oil prospecting is…

Angola: Parallel Governments, Oil and Neopatrimonial System Reproduction

"This paper discusses several aspects of failure and resilience in the Angolan state. Reforms in Angola are more a reflection of the need to adapt to change as a means to maintain control of the state. Although the MPLA understands that change is in…

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 so…

The Impact of China-Africa Aid Relations: The Case of Angola

"The primary purpose of this research project is to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the key features and patterns of the past, current and future evolution of the economic relations between China and African countries. The study allows a more …

The Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations: The Case of Angola

"The objectives of this study are to capture the extent to which impacts of China’s economic growth are transmitted to Angola, both positively and negatively, through the bilateral trading relationship and to provide some policy advice as to how An…

Angola: Can Humpty Dumpty be put back together again?

"The ongoing war has exacted a terrible toll on Angola and its people. Potentially one of Africa's richest countries, with diverse natural resources and agro-ecological zones suited to the growing of a wide range of food and cash crops, it has been …

Angola/Namibia: Prospects for a peaceful settlement

This article reports the announcement on 20 July 1988 that the Angolan, Cuban and South African governments had agreed on ‘a set of essential principles to establish the basis for peace in the South-western region of Africa.’ The principles also set…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 21

This edition is covering letters and statements on the negotiation with regard to Namibia from the South African Foreign Minister to the United Nations Secretary –General and from the United Nations Secretary-General to the South African Foreign Min…

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