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Problems of Southern Africa

These four lectures were given by Professor Cockram in 1963. The topic for these lectures were the Southern African region namely Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland, South West Africa and South Africa. For every state the…

EISA Technical assessment team report Swaziland House of assembly election 19 September 2008

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA team to the Swaziland elections including the team’s observations and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation and announcement of the el…

Is Swaziland a Democracy?

"This paper basically focuses on whether or not Swaziland is a democracy. As this question cannot be answered in abstracto, but with due reference to the actual practices and procedures employed by the Swaziland government in the constitutional and…

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The discussion begins with a fairly comprehensive survey of electoral democracy in the region with special reference to the selected countries. Section 2 chronicles the workings of various electoral systems in these countries and their impact on de…

Political Parties and Democratisation in the Southern African Development Community Region: The Weakest Link?

"This report sketches out historical and contemporary trends in respect of the internal functioning of political parties in Southern Africa. There is no doubt that political parties play a key role in the democratization process. Furthermore, politi…

Political Movements and the Challenges for Democracy in Swaziland

"The present report investigates the operations of 3 major political organizations in Swaziland : the NNLC, the People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), and Sive Siyinqabaj(SS). SS calls itself a cultural group. Due to the interest SS has shown…

Election Update 2003 Swaziland No 2

This election update comprises several articles, written by different authors. The heading of Khabele Matlosa's article : Legal and institutional architecture for the Swaziland Election 2003. This article reviews the legal and institutional architec…

Election Update 2003 Swaziland No 1

This press release has several articles which was written by different authors. Jackie Kalley discussed the historical background of Swaziland – how the country came into being. Wole Olaleye discussed the Geography, population and the Economic Struc…

Taiwanese development aid in Africa

"Information on Taiwan's aid to Africa has not been systematically documented, nor has it been placed in the public domain. Taipei considers information on foreign aid and the accompanying statistics confidential. This report aims to examine Taiwan…

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 a…

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region: Swaziland

"This research report aims to investigate the state of democracy and governance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, posing a key question as to whether or not the region has undergone democratic transition and, if so, posing…

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The methodology used in this study revolves around a comparative analysis of existing electoral models in the seven selected countries. This report chronicles the workings of various electoral systems or models in place in these countries and their…

Swaziland's Struggle with Political Liberalisation

"The research critically evaluates six key determinants in Swaziland’s political landscape, namely: the electoral system; electoral administration; the nonexistence of political parties; and constitutionalism and democratic assistance. Gender is s…

Swaziland at a crossroad

"On August 21, 1982 King Sobhuza II died at the age of 83. His sixty-one years of continuous rule, unparalleled in modern history, ensured Swaziland political stability and economic prosperity. However, the very length of the reign now presents th…

Swaziland: The current state of play

"The March dismissal of Prime Minister Mabandla Dlamini(53) and the appointment of Bhekimpi Dlamini (57) as the new Prime Minister, reveals, ongoing tensions in Swazi politics. This Brief Report examines the leadership change and assesses its signi…

Regional integration in Southern Africa: The SACU states

The second in the series of papers on regional integration in Southern Africa deals with those states which, along with South Africa, have reached a high level of integration and interdependence in the region. These states, consisting of the Souther…

The Reed that Lies Low in a Flooded River: The Case of Swazi Resistance to South African Reform Diplomacy

This policy brief traces how post apartheid South Africa has sought to engage Swaziland. South Africa has used its economic clout to influence political developments in Swaziland since 1994. However Swaziland has been reluctant to accept reform init…

South Africa's Economic Statecraft in Southern Africa: Non-existent or Nascent? An Examination of Relations with Zimbabwe and Swaziland

This occasional paper is concerned with the success of South Africa’s engagement with Zimbabwe and Swaziland in support of a normative and progressive agenda by means of economic incentives and other tools favouring the promotion of democracy and it…

One in Two Swazis Believe Swaziland is not Democratic

This press release is a result of a survey to determine the citizens' opinion of democracy in Swaziland. Several questions where asked to judge the validity of the survey with the result that one in two Swazis believed that democracy has major prob…

Gender Equality and the Participation of Women in Public Office in Swaziland

Despite major efforts over the past two decades to create equal opportunities for women to participate in politics and to increase female representation in government leadership in subSaharan Africa, women's inclusion continues to be a major challe…

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