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South African Government and Civil Society Responses to Zimbabwean Migration

"This policy brief discusses a key paradox in relation to Zimbabwean migration into South Africa. While Zimbabwean migration since 2000 has been the largest concentrated flow in South African history, South Africa’s reaction to this movement has b...

Beyond the barracks: Reflections on the role of the SADF in the region

This paper gives theoretical observations on civil-military relations in South Africa and examines the role of the SADF in the region, with emphasis on Namibia and Angola. There are three patterns of interaction in civil-military relations in S...

SADC Barometer Issue 6

This SADC Barometer focus on the elections in the SADC states and contains the following articles: SA Elections: A Blueprint for SADC? Electoral Norms and Standards. More Women in Politics. Red and Green Cards for SADC.This article explores t...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Botswana Country Report

"This study is aimed at understanding the nature and effectiveness of parliamentary democracy in Botswana with a view to helping improve it. In this respect, it examines a number of issues covering six broad areas, including the role of parliament...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Namibia Country Report

"This report examines how the Namibian parliament engages with the public in its work and, in turn, how civil society actively participates in the legislative process. In order to gain an understanding of these processes, research in Windhoek an...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Malawi Country Report

"The report begins by providing a brief background of Malawi's political history and the main features of parliamentary democracy that have emerged since 1994. In addition, election results, composition of parliament and the electoral and gover...

Human Security in Africa A Conceptual Framework for Review

"This monograph sets out a conceptual framework for the review of selected commitments that African leaders have made at the level of the meetings of the heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) and its predecessor, the Organisation...

South Africa and UNCTAD IX : New Beginnings?

"This paper attempts to reveal some of the key substantive and procedural issues that emerged in the Conference and it provides an insight into the role South Africa played. The paper proceeds as follows :Section two focuses on the historical and ...

Security Sector Reform in Lesotho: Observations from a Three-day Dialogue Series

"The aim of this paper is to highlight the main challenges facing security sector reform in Lesotho, drawing on the key themes that emerged from a three-day dialogue series held in Lesotho in April 2000. The primary aim of the dialogue series is t...

State-Civil Society Interface in Liberia’s Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

"Post-conflict peacebuilding demands concerted efforts from all stakeholders to ensure its success; particularly, civil society must complement the capacity of the conflict-weary state. A successful peace-building, however, requires a harmonious ...

Enhancing the Operationalisation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework: A Study on the State Level Awareness of ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Ghana)

"The study in the four ECOWAS member states (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Liberia) has provided interesting perspectives. The first is the fact that there is interest in the ECPF document and its potential to help in the reduction of conflicts ...

SADC Barometer Issue 4, January 2004

The main focus of this issue is the role of civil society in the European Union and conflict management in Africa and the elections in SADC region. Other articles include Zimbabwe’s resignation from the Commonwealth, the support of the private sec...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, October 2003

The African Peer review Mechanism is the leading subject in this volume. Peer Review may mark the start of a new diplomacy and the success of this will determine the survival of NEPAD. Practical implications for this process are given. A short a...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, November 2003

Examines some crucial issues around constitutional order in Africa: the pitfalls of reform; the potential for peer review to strengthen adherence to principles already enshrined in constitutions; the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipelin...

Security Sector Transformation in North Africa and the Middle East

"As the Arab Spring continues to take root across the Middle East bringing unprecedented democratic change and also a high level of instability, debate has emerged on the role of security sector reform (SSR) in the fledgling transitions. From Jun...

Enduring Political Divides in South Africa

This paper offers an assessment of the foreign policy strategies adopted by both the Mandela and Mbeki administrations in their quest to shed the country’s image as a former defender of racial segregation, largely dislocated from the global econom...

African Civil Society: Prospects for Raising Awareness on Priority Issues

Sub-Saharan Africa is grappling with such severe and recurring economic, political and social crises that some of them, including HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and civil war, have ended up as humanitarian disasters. Making such a statement is not ind...

Between Hope and Scepticism: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism

history. We are currently witnessing major ferment in the development of the poorest continent on the planet. In the wake of the failure of the structural adjustment policies of the Bretton Woods institutions and of the negative effects of natio...

Local Initiatives in the African Great Lakes Region: Community Voices and Sustainable Development

The research for this study was undertaken in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo during the latter part of 1997, three years after the crisis in Rwanda. The study is not an analysis of the crisis of 1994, despite the fact that ...

Land Grabbing and Land Reform

Liberia is a country blessed with natural resources. Its natural endowments include diamonds, gold and iron ore, extensive stands of tropical timber, abundant water and cropland, and a climate and soil conditions conducive to the cultivation o...

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