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Progress Towards Good Governance and Increased Accountability in Tanzania

"Economic growth, reduction of poverty and improved quality of life all rely upon the fair, effective and transparent use of Tanzania’s resources. Therefore, the success of MKUKUTA’s Clusters I and II relies on achieving the four desired outcomes of…

Mkukuta Cluster III: Governance and Accountability

"MKUKUTA’s third cluster has the following seven supporting goals: 1)Structures and systems of governance as well as the rule of law to be democratic, participatory, representative, accountable and inclusive 2) Equitable allocation of public resour…

Three Months of U.D.I

This article looks at Africa's last three months' activities in terms of Unilateral Declarations of Independence (UDI). It also discusses Mr. Wilson's position on his policy towards Rhodesia and then it focuses on sanctions implemented against Rhode…

France and Algeria Under De Gaulle

The author begins his article with a description of the man De Gaulle. He then turns to the revolution in Algeria and how the French experienced this so called revolution. It also speaks of Algeria as a colonial country of France, its constitutional…

Leadership Required: Drug Trafficking and the Crisis of Statehood in West Africa

"Beginning in the middle of the last decade, the international community was alerted to the fact that drug trafficking in West Africa was in danger of spawning a series of near ‘narco-­‐states’: countries whose economies, politics and social struc…

The Transitional Government in Namibia: The Quest for Legitimacy

"Despite all attempts by the South African Government over the last decade to enhance the legitimacy of the various transitional arrangements, Pretoria cannot on its own transfer legitimacy to a successor government in Windhoek. Namibian independenc…

Investing in the Promise of South Africa: An American Perspective

This discussion was on "the promise of South Africa and about how it can develop a partnership with the United States to assist in accomplishing its objectives." These objectives being "a significantly better life for its citizens, a diversified and…

The Commonwealth After Harare

"The rapidly changing international environment confronts not only governments but international organizations of which they are members with new situations and challenges, and the Commonwealth is certainly no exception. A body whose membership is m…

Burundi: Bye Bye Arusha ?

"This report analyses how the control of the institutions by the ruling party and the boycott of the 2010 elections by the main opposition parties made the power-sharing system defined by the 2000 Arusha agreement irrelevant. This deal was instrumen…

Ghana: A Beacon of Hope in Africa

"Focusing on relative internal peace, this brief starts by analysing key aspects of the Ghanaian constitution, which is the anchor of the country’s democracy. This is followed by an examination of the country’s electoral processes, which have been c…

Prospects for the 1991 Elections in Zambia

"I thought I would start the discussion this evening by a prognosis about what might happen if indeed there is a change of government in Zambia after October this year and what might happen if there is a government led by Frederick Chiluba, the curr…

International Perspectives: Extracts from Addresses by Deputy-President Thabo Mbeki, His Excellency Salim Ahmed Salim, His Excellency Foreign Minister J D Barroso, the Right Honourable Lord Carrington

Thabo Mbeki in his address on Foreign Policy in a new democratic South Africa talks about the Freedom Charter and the principles underlying the country's foreign relations. Salim Salim in his speech highlights the transition to democracy in South Af…

The Rise of the South African Security Establishment: An Essay on the Changing Locus of State Power

'The official vehicle for co-ordinating and expressing views has been, of late, the State Security council and especially its Secretariat. The latter is heavily indebted to the South African Defence Force (SADF) for key personnel. Part of the intell…

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda:Mpigi District Council Score-Card Report 2009/10

"This district report provides evidence-based policy options needed to improve the role of Mpigi District Local Government Council in the delivery of public services and the deepening of democracy and accountability in Uganda. By focusing on the pol…

Local Government Councils' Performance and Public Service Delivery in Uganda Nakapiripirit District Council Score-Card Report 2009/2010

"This district report provides evidence-based policy options needed to improve the role of Nakapiripirit district local government council in the delivery of public services and the deepening of democracy and accountability in Uganda. By focusing on…

Egypt The People's Assembly and Shura Council Elections November 2011 - February 2012

"The elections covered in this report are the first post 'Arab Spring' parliamentary elections in Egypt. The 25 January 2011 'day of rage' protests in Egypt started with young people mobilising to demand the freedom to express their political rights…

Liberia The 23 August 2011 Referendum The 11 October 2011 Presidential, Senate and House of Representatives Elections The 8 November 2011 Presidential Run off Election

"On the basis of its observations and information received from stakeholders in Liberia, and based on the benchmarks provided in the AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the Declaration of Principles on Internat…

Communicating Policy Reforms: Between the Government, the Press and the People

"Communication is critical for successful implementation of policy reforms. It has also been established that although the media is there for government to employ to change the behavior of the people in order to accept and make reforms successful, g…

The Functioning of a Multiparty System in Local Government Challenges of a Transition from the Movement System in Uganda

"The paper argues that since Uganda is grappling with the challenge of deepening democracy under a new multiparty dispensation, the functioning of multi-party in local governments should be given adequate attention. It is important therefore to rais…

Women's Access to Land in the Former Bantustans: Constitutional Conflict, Customary Law, Democratisation and the Role of the State

"The transition to local democratic institutions in the former bantustans of South Africa will not in itself fulfil the constitutional imperative for the promotion of gender equality, specifically in relation to women's access to land. In order for…

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