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Capacity Issues in the Formulation and Implementation of the Next Generation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

Although economic growth is widely acknowledged to be crucial for poverty reduction and for sustaining development, efforts aimed at tackling these challenges in Africa did not, for a long time, yield the desired results. The decade of the 1980s...

Decisions, Decisions South Africa's Foray into Regional Peace Operations

"This paper first provides a brief overview of the most salient aspects of the White Paper on Peace Missions and then examines recent deployments of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in a peace support role, with specific reference ...

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...

Southern African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis - Lesotho

"Lesotho lies on the plateau of the southern African subcontinent. Variations in topography and micro-climate shape the country’s ecological zones—the lowlands, the foothills, the highlands, and the Senqu River Valley. Annual precipitation is high...

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 ...

Lesotho's 2007 General Elections Towards a Constructive Management of Post-Election Disputes

"The primary goals of the conference were to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the causes of and sustainable solutions to post-election disputes in Lesotho following its 2007 poll. To provide a regional forum on strategies and methodologies fo...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Lesotho National Assembly Elections 17 February 2007

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA mission to the Lesotho elections of 17 February 2007, including the mission’s observation and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation...

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 ...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Lesotho

"The overall conclusion drawn from this study is that although gaps and deficits can still be identified – especially in the areas of equity in the distribution of national resources, greater commitment to gender equity and enhanced capacity for s...

Democratic Consolidation and Political Parties in Lesotho

"This paper is an attempt to conceptually clarify the notion of democratic consolidation and assess the character of political parties in relation to their functioning and dynamics in Lesotho’s democratisation process and to make possible recomme...

Investigating Intra-Party Democracy in Lesotho: Focus on Basutoland Congress Party and Basotho National Party

"This paper looks at the role of political parties and the extent to which they have embraced and institutionalized internal democracy. Further more, the paper probes the extent to which parties then promote the consolidation of democracy."

Election Update 2007 Lesotho No 3

"The report accounts for the reaction of political parties and the general public upon the announcement of election results. It is a further analysis of post-election processes compared to the previous elections that Lesotho has held since 1993...

Election Update 2007 Lesotho No 2

"This report gives an overview of the political environment on the polling day and some account of the activities and processes that took place in different polling stations. It offers an analysis of factors that determine whether the elections we...

Decentralisation, Development and Conflict: Challenges Awaiting Local Authorities in Lesotho

"This paper looks at decentralisation policy in the context of Lesotho and the challenges that await local authorities. It should be pointed out that the paper recognizes the fact that there are different forms of decentralisation, namely; deconce...

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...

Promoting Intra-Party Democracy in Lesotho: Training manual

"This manual is meant to ensure that political parties in Lesotho are well equipped with the necessary skills that will enable them to promote democracy effectively. It focuses on the following aspects of party functioning: Leadership qualities wi...

Managing Intra-Party and Inter-Party Conflict in Lesotho: Training manual

"This manual is meant to ensure that political parties in Lesotho are well equipped with the necessary skills that will enable them to promote democracy effectively. It focuses on the following aspects of party functioning: Leadership qualities wi...

The Lesotho election: Action replay or forward wind?

The first free election in Lesotho is scheduled for 27 March 1993, and is arousing considerably more international interest than the significance of the country would normally warrant. This paper examines the concerns and issues which will confron...

Political Integration and Democratisation in Southern Africa: Progress, Problems and Prospects

"This study is concerned with the concept and praxis of regionalism in Southern Africa with a deliberate focus on the deepening of political integration through democratisation. This report is divided into various sections. The second section focu...

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