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Technology and the Nature of Active Citizenship: The Case of Botswana

The use of technology in citizen participation has grown phenomenally in developed countries, but is emergent in most developing countries. Accessibility and the functionality of information and communication technologies such as telephone, cellul...

Strengthening Local Government Service Delivery Systems Through the Open Government Initiative: The Case of Botswana

The Government of Botswana has, and continues to promote local government as an instrument of decentralization and public participation for local level governance and service delivery. Local authorities (LAs) are at the forefront of the provision ...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Botswana

Botswana’s agriculture sector consists of crops and livestock production, and traditional farming remains the dominant farming system. The principal crops grown are sorghum, maize and millet. Cattle rearing is the main agricultural activity in Bo...

Into Africa: Make Way for A Forceful Lady

British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher will undertake a tour of Four African states, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana. Her tour is significant for the following reasons, it follows in the wake of important diplomatic movement, it build...

The Trade Reform of SACU: Country Case Studies on Regional Integration

This discussion paper draws on the perspectives of business and researchers in the BLNS to identify the main infrastructure and regulatory barriers to the development of intra-SACU value chains, and to assess how the alleviation of these impedimen...

Trade Patterns in the SADC Region: Key Issues for the FTA

"This policy brief examines trade patterns in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) over the period 1980 to 1997. Perhaps the most notable conclusion about trade trends in the region is the rather disturbing lack of trend. Trade patte...

China’s Role in Infrastructure Development in Botswana

"Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is often characterised as a major success story on the continent. Consistent economic growth, effective democratic institutions and strong forward planning contribute to the country’s overall rep...

Managing Resources and the Democratic Order: The Experience of Botswana

"Africa is a potentially rich continent that remains one of the poorest in the world. For most African countries, an abundance of resources has not only contributed to underdevelopment but has undermined democracy. Public office is a major source ...

SACU - One Hundred Not Out: What future for the Customs Union?

This paper is based on research conducted recently in South Africa (SA), Namibia, Angola and Botswana. Policy and decision makers were asked to complete a questionnaire about the future of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Although the re...

What Does the Future Hold for SACU? From Own Goal to Laduma! Scenarios for the Future of the Southern African Customs Union

"A group of Southern African Customs Union (SACU) experts and interested parties recently participated in a scenario-planning exercise on the future of SACU. This paper gives an account of the scenarios developed, which range from SACU collapsing ...

Trends in Southern Africa and the role of Bophuthatswana

In his address President Lucas Mangope stated that the search for freedom, harmony, peace and properity for all is the greatest concern for Southern Africa. The implications of the alternative are loss of freedom and peace. The north-South polarit...

Africa's first welfare state: The experience of South African firms doing business in Botswana

"Botswana has traditionally been a strong economic partner of South Africa. The foundation for this relationship dates back to the establishment of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) in 1910. As former British colonies, both South Africa an...

Investment opportunities in Southern Africa The Business Climate in the SADCC States

"This paper will begin by looking at the reasons why the investor should consider SADCC, and will then go on to discuss the business climate in these countries. There are three appendices, a map to help locate the countries and major trade route...

The economic problems and policies of South Africa's neighbouring black African states

"Westerners tend to assume that the newly independent states of Africa are somehow, morally bound to make economic development their first and foremost priority. However, to Africans, no less than to other people, independence means to be master ...

The Constellation of Southern African States and the Southern African Development Co-Ordination Council: Towards a new regional stalemate?

"The object of this study is to examine some of the implications for Southern Africa of the existence of two separate groupings of states in the region. The origins and development of CONSAS and SADCC will be considered in turn. A comparison will ...

Inter-Party Relations and Democracy in Botswana

"This report is a study on Botswana’s political parties and their relations. Specifically, it seeks to examine inter-party relations in order to assess the prospects for opposition party cooperation that could enhance competition for the governing...

Election Talk [Botswana]

This policy brief comprises several articles written by 4 different authors. Dr Sebudubudu’s article is about the 2004 Botswana election campaign process. He discussed the new electoral system, the main players i.e the political parties and the v...

Can the "Mozambican Miracle" Survive the Scenario of Forced Co-Habitation?

"This policy brief comprises several articles which were all written by different authors. Dr Dr Eduardo Sitoe of the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique wrote about the forced co-habitation the village of Marromeu described as the “MOZAMBIC...

Party Systems in the SADC Region: In Defence of the Dominant Party System

"In short, the paper will demonstrate that a dominant party has both nondemocratic and democratic features in its evolution, although discussion will be limited mostly on the latter. In its deliberations the paper will turn to a few cases of one-...

Political Parties Programme Handbook

"This handbook is intended to provide information about political parties. It aims to enhance political parties’ knowledge and skills on how to participate effectively in the democratisation process. This handbook therefore contains comprehensive...

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