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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 ...

A Cosmetic End to Madagascar's Crisis?

"Madagascar is a divided, impoverished, broken democracy that has suffered a “cyclical pattern from crisis to crisis, but the period in between each appears to be getting shorter”. Its latest crisis has proven particularly intense, drawn-out and d...

Quest for Sound Funding Policy Reform in Madagascar's Public Higher Education Sector during the Post-Crisis Years

"Five years after the coup which plunged the country into an unprecedented political and economic crisis, Madagascar is at a watershed in its history with the coming into power of a democratically elected president in February 2014. This is also a...

Madagascar: Une identité africaine encore voilée / Madagascar: Half African, totally Malagasy

Is the Big Red Island part of Africa? Half of the citizens say they're proud to be called "African" but the other half either isn't proud or doesn't care. The results of the survey indicate that more would claim the Malagasy national identity if c...

Les Malgaches deviennent plus critiques vis-à-vis du fonctionnement de leur démocratie / Malagasy grow increasingly critical of how their democracy is working

In Madagascar most citizens support democracy but are dissatisfied with its implementation. A large majority of Madagascans reject undemocratic regimes as an ideal form of government. Most of the Malagasy population prefer free and fair elections ...

Institutional Arrangements and Policy Environment for Managing Risks for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Madagascar

Agriculture forms the livelihood of the overwhelming majority of Malagasy. The main staple crop is rice, occupying about two-thirds of all the available cropland. Producing staples include rice, maize, and cassava. Madagascar’s yields remain low d...

Institutional Arrangements and Policy Environment for Managing Climatic Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster Prone Areas Synthesis Report

The report presents a synthesis of national studies from Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe to determine the institutional arrangements and policy environment for institutional arrangements for managing climatic risk for crop production...

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...

Digging a Future? Citizens see Positive Impact of Mining in Madagascar

"Madagascar is blessed with some of the world’s largest known natural-resource reserves, especially high-grade iron ore and precious stones such as alluvial sapphires. At the same time, its people are among the world’s poorest. Given the wealth of...

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...

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