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Destructive Storms, Dormant Policies:The Impact of Cyclones on Food Security in Madagascar

"The island nation of Madagascar is hit by an average of 3 to 4 cyclones per year — among the highest rates in Africa. These violent storms compromise the country’s already-tenuous levels of food security and economic growth. The country’s 2009 p...

East African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis - Madagascar

"Madagascar is an island in the southwestern Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique. The topography of the country is varied and uneven, with some regions dominated by plains and plateaus extending into vast delta areas. Only about 5 percent of ...

The Troubled Road to Peace: Reflections on the Complexities of Resolving the Political Impasse in Madagascar

"Madagascar was thrown into political crisis in 2009 by an unconstitutional change in leadership which replaced Marc Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina as head of state. Over the past four years this crisis deteriorated into a firmly-embedded polit...

The Mining-conservation Nexus Rio Tinto, Development 'Gifts' and Contested Compensation in Madagascar

"This paper traces a genealogy of land access and legitimisation strategies culminating in the recent convergence of multinational mining and conservation in southeast Madagascar. Drawing on empirical research carried out on the Rio Tinto/QMM ilme...

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...

A Review of Policies to Combat Deforestation in Madagascar

"In Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of Africa, deforestation has become an issue of concern to policy makers and civil society. Today, less than 10 percent of Madagascar’s original forest cover exists. Unsustainable agricultural and agr...

Impacts of Investment Relations between China and Madagascar

"This study aims at conducting a comprehensive analysis of the main systems and models of the past, present and future development of economic partnerships, based on foreign direct investments, between China and Sub-Saharan African Countries, with...

Madagascar: Anatomy of a Recurrent Crisis

"This paper examines three key issues: firstly, it seeks to answer the question as to why there was an unconstitutional change of government in Madagascar. This is in view of the debate around the appropriate qualification of the way in which Ra...

Madagascar

This article gives background information on the island of Madagascar. It describes the geography and climate, its population, political organization, and history from its discovery by the Portuguese to independence in 1960 under President Tsirane...

Political Change in Madagascar: Populist Democracy or Neopatrimonialism by Another Name?

"This paper examines the formation of the Third Republic in 1992 in a historical context, and the events leading up to the crisis of 2002, before turning to consider the efforts of Marc Ravalomanana and the new government since. This should provi...

Madagascar: Stumbling at the First Hurdle?

"Events in Madagascar after the disputed first round of the presidential election held on 16 December 2001 have taken many by surprise. This paper gives a detailed account of the order of events and explains their significance. The role played by ...

Madagascar and SADC: The 15th member?

"In 1997, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) broke its self-imposed moratorium on membership by inviting the newly-created Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Seychelles as the 13th and 14th members. At the time there was specu...

SADC Barometer Issue 8, March 2005

The focus of this issue is the progress made by the SADC as well as the regional integration of countries like Madagascar and Tanzania. The implications for countries to join the SADC and the achievements of the SADC are also highlighted. However ...

Madagascar avoidable disaster, test case for African diplomacy

"The battle for control of Madagascar underscored the devastating, long-lasting effect that political instability has on economic development. It not only reversed a promising economic turnaround, but, did grave damage to Madagascar's (previously...

International relations in Southern Africa

"The aim of this Symposium on International Relations in Southern Africa was to place in perspective South Africa's relations with those states which can be included within the general geographical area of Southern Africa. The first paper deals w...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Madagascar national assembly elections 23 September 2007

"This report outlines the technical team’s assessment, findings and analysis of the electoral process. The report covers all the phases : the pre-polling, polling, counting and post election phases, including the proclamation of the results. The t...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Madagascar presidential elections 3 December 2006

"EISA deployed a regional observer mission to the presidential elections of 3 December 2006 in Madagascar. The deployment of the mission was in line with EISA’s vision of promoting credible elections and democratic governance in Africa. This repo...

Referenda in Seychelles and Madagascar: The run up to presidential elections

This report discusses the run-up to elections in the Seychelles and Madagascar. By the end of 1992, both states will have new governments where they have to accommodate an opposition movement in contrast to a single ruling party. In the Seychel...

SAIIA Newsletter No. 1, 1972

This newsletter contains four articles on various topics. The article by A.G. Mountain concerns opportunities offered to South Africa by the East Coast islands. Colin Eglin’s article states that it is in the interests of South Africa, Southern...

Think Small: The Example of Small Grants, in Madagascar

"Small grants are out of fashion – in big countries. As G8 industrialised nations move towards their target of doubling foreign aid to Africa by 2010, development policy has been revamped to accommodate a steep increase in aid budgets. Big money ...

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