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Energy and the World Summit on Sustainable Development: What Next?

"Given the importance of energy issues to sustainable development, energy was a priority issue at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August 2002. The objective of this paper is to examine the outcomes of the Summit on energy, and to as…

BRICS Summit 2013: Strategies for South Africa's Engagement

"As host of the fifth BRICS Summit in 2013, South Africa’s summit theme resonates with African development priorities. The theme, ‘BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation’, corresponds with South Africa’s…

The Evolution of Organised Crime in Africa Towards a New Response

"This paper attempts to better understand the drivers behind the growth of organised crime in Africa by examining its evolution over time. It finds that organised crime is inextricably linked to the development and changing nature of the African st…

China’s Path to Sustainable Economic Development Through Democracy and Peaceful Coexistence: Any Lessons for Africa?

"This paper is based on a trip made to China by African delegates from nine African countries, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria), the African Union(AU) and inter-region economic network institutions. The…

“Building Fair and Inclusive Societies after Conflict: A Focus on Civil Society”

"Civil society initiatives are being undertaken in a number of countries in transition to contribute to the building of sustainable peace processes. Recognising that governments may face challenges in terms of implementing capacity and political wil…

Regional Implications of the AGF Recommendations: Africa

The key messages reflected in this document are as follows: The Advisory Group on Climate Finance (AGF) report presents many opportunities for climate compatible development in Africa – development that minimises the harm caused by climate impacts…

The ICC and Community-Level Reconciliation: In-Country Perspectives Regional Consultation Report

"The discussions at the Regional Consultation focused on three themes: peace and justice; cooperation and complementarity; as well as the rights of victims. The theme on peace and justice examined the evident tension between peace initiatives in t…

African Human Rights Law Journal Volume 11 No 2

"The content of this issue is divided into three parts. In the first part, special attention is given to the commemoration of 25 years since the entry into force of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter) on 21 October 198…

Is it Time for African Countries to Harmonise their Intellectual Property Management and Development –Reference to TRIPS Agreement?

"Africa’s continued dependency on foreign medicines and intellectual property (IP) is increasingly becoming a serious concern. This is compounded by an upsurge in drug resisting diseases like N1H1 and Tuberculosis that have been witnessed in the pas…

The 13th Ordinary Session of the African Union and the Question of a United States of Africa

"This paper is primarily concerned with the decision which seeks to transform the AU Commission into the AU Authority as an important step towards continental political unification. It analyses the rationale behind and approach towards political un…

Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa: An Assessment of the Relevance of the Constitutive Act of the African Union

"The Constitutive Act of the African Union marks a new era in institution-building in post-colonial Africa. It is conceived as an aspect of Africa’s response to the challenges of globalisation and regional integration. The Constitutive Act, amended …

Issues of Increasing Levels of Poverty and Hunger in Africa, with Specific Reference to South Africa

"The majority of people in African countries, especially in South Africa, live subsistence livelihoods below the poverty line. Poverty is a condition characterised by a lack of basic needs such as water, health care, foods, sufficient access to soci…

The International Criminal Court and the Indictment of President Omar al-Bashir Implications for Sudan and Africa

"This policy brief provides a synopsis of the Darfur crisis; analyses of the implications of the indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir on peace, security and stability in Sudan, and Darfur in particular; and addresses the impa…

AIDS in Southern Africa Thoughts About its Possible Origins

"The truth about the origins of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be evasive. While hope is growing that the world might one day conquer this deadly virus, as evidence points to a declining trend in new infections, the question tha…

The Future of Intrastate Conflict in Africa More Violence or Greater Peace?

"This paper analyses future trends for intrastate conflict in Africa up to 2050 using the International Futures (IFs) model. After reviewing the main post-Cold War patterns of conflict and instability on the continent, the paper discusses seven key…

The Impact of Obama’s Election on Democracy and Governance Discourse in Africa

"This paper argues that the financial crises in the United States and globally have opened up the possibility for thinking quite differently about the role of the state in governance, the role of the state in development, and the interface between t…

Overcoming Africa's Health Burden: Challenges and Prospects

"Africa shoulders the world’s burden of disease. It is the epicentre of the global resurgence of infectious epidemics and pandemics. Africans remain troubled by diseases like diarrhoea, measles, cholera and tuberculosis that have long been overcome …

African Enfranchisement in Global Climate Change Negotiations

"African states are likely to be severely affected by climate change and have a major stake in the development of a fair, effective and accountable system of climate governance. Historically, delegations from Africa have faced challenges to partici…

Building Effective Drinking Water Management Policies in Rural Africa: Lessons from Northern Uganda

"National governments should develop strong rural drinking water quality monitoring and surveillance programs to ensure that uncontaminated water is available in rural Sub-Saharan African communities. Governments and non-governmental organizations (…

Global Problems, African Solutions: African Climate Scientists' Perspectives on Climate Change

"This paper offers a preliminary survey of Africa’s climate scientists’ views on the critical problem of climate change, which has been described as an “out of Africa” problem crying out for “made in Africa” solutions. Based on interviews with these…

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