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Comanagement of Natural Resources: Local Learning for Poverty Reduction

In the past two decades we have seen dramatic developments in the understanding of equitable and sustainable natural resource management. These have been informed and backed by innovation and research, not least that supported by IDRC, Canada's In...

Between Hope and Scepticism: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism

history. We are currently witnessing major ferment in the development of the poorest continent on the planet. In the wake of the failure of the structural adjustment policies of the Bretton Woods institutions and of the negative effects of natio...

Kenya in Crisis

Excerpt: "Since the announcement of the contested presidential election results on 30 December 2007 giving a second term to Mwai Kibaki, Kenya has been in its worst political crisis since independence. Over 1,000 people have died and 300,000 have ...

Socio-economic Problems Facing Africa: Insights from six APRM Country Review Reports

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) tries to identify both problems facing participating countries and solutions to these problems. This paper seeks to identify common socio-economic development problems revealed in six African countries th...

Addressing the African Peer Review Mechanism's Programmes of Action

Examining the first six APRM Programmes of Action, this paper traces how PoAs are developed, implemented and monitored, and how they could be strengthened going forward. This edition of the SAIIA Occasional Papers Series presents two papers by SAI...

Media Freedom, Transparency and Governance

This paper, by veteran journalist Raymond Louw, asks a fundamental question: 'Can good governance exist without a free and independent media?' And he argues that Africa's premier governance and accountability tool - The APRM - seems to have ignor...

Do think tanks benefit from APRM work? Kenya’s experience

This paper gives a view from three members of the research team employed in the Kenyan APRM Process as the Lead technical Agency (LTA) on socio-economic development issues, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. Th...

China in the African Solar Energy Sector

"Access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical for poverty alleviation and the improvement of livelihoods, including in the areas of education, health, and industrial development in Africa. However, a combination of factors, such as c...

Common African Political Governance Issues: Lessons from Six Early APRM Reports

"This paper analyses the discussion and recommendations about Africa's pressing political governance issues - including the separation of powers, election management and corruption - from the APRM reports of Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, , South Africa, A...

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 learn...

Legitimisation or Delegitimisation of Electoral Process: Role of Domestic Electoral Observers (K-Dop) in Kenya's 2002 General Elections

"This contribution is structured in three parts : 1)political context of observation, The 2002 general elections was more a personality and ethnic contestation than an ideological contest between political parties. 2)Kenya domestic observation pr...

Kenya: Recent history and current developments

This Brief Report deals with the attempted coup and recent developments in Kenya. It provides background and statistics, and information on the political background, economic developments, and foreign policy. Political unrest was expected follo...

Kenya: Prospects for democracy following multi-party elections

"Kenya only recently held its first multi-party elections since independence in 1963. Having had a long history of intolerance of opposition politics, Kenyans are in the process of struggling towards developing a democratic tradition and democrat...

An Analysis of the Implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism in Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius

"This paper examines the implementation of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius. First to voluntarily submit to review by the APRM, all three countries have devised different working models at the national level...

Kenya's Flying Vegetables: Small Farmers and the 'Food Miles' Debate

"In this highly personal and keenly argued commentary, James Gikunju Muuru makes the first detailed response by an African smallholder to the controversy over ‘food miles’. His account describes the serial feats of coordination, discipline, produc...

Synopsis Policy Studies Bulletin of CPS Vol 8 No 3, December 2006

"The focus of the seminar was on South Africa, whose nature can be characterised as transformed, yet still transforming, but one that has effected shifts from a closed, exclusionary society structurally defined by racial oppression functionally ...

Nursing the Future: e-Learning and Clinical Care, in Kenya

"The Policy Voices Series examines the policy implications arising from the experience of innovators in Africa. This paper considers the work of an organisation, chronicling what must be the ultimate test of any distance-learning programme: to ac...

Women's Engagement with Political Parties in Contemporary Africa: Reflections on Uganda's Experience

"This paper reviews and reflects on the experience of women’s political engagement in contemporary Uganda after the introduction of multiparty competitive elections in 2006. While the paper explores the recent political changes in Uganda and the e...

Agrarian reform, rural development and governance in Africa: A case of eastern and Southern Africa

"This paper broadly explores common themes that underpin the formulation and implementation of land and agrarian policies in four select countries, namely South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Economic, egalitarian, and political motives are...

Informing the Approach of Multilateral Development Banks to Use of Country systems

Most countries consider infrastructure development as a key enabler of development, as it spurs job creation, trade and investment. For many developing countries, multilateral development banks (MDBs) are important in addressing their infrastructu...

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