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Change in Eastern/Central Europe: Some implications for Southern Africa

"The countries of Central and Eastern Europe and also of Southern Africa are in a period of dramatic change. In both regions we are going through a process of transformation. The circumstances in our various countries are very different, but I bel...

Proceedings of the 2006 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"The Proceedings of the 2006 FOPRISA Annual Conference represents the culmination of research activities undertaken during the first year of FOPRISA, from 2005 to 2006. This collection of 15 papers covers four research themes: Democratic Developme...

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 ra...

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 f...

Decentralisation: A Good Thing Being Abused?

"Various official documents enjoin local government units to help enhance effective and transparent governance in Uganda. Decentralisation is the policy under which local governments operate. Local governments here refer to district councils, city...

Politics of Patronage and Religion in Uganda

"The 9th State of the Nation Platform meeting held on June 4, 2010 debated the “ Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting and Sustaining Democracy and Good Governance in Uganda: Towards the 2011 Elections and Beyond.” Bishop Zac Niringiye, the assi...

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

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

Political Parties, Political Change and Environmental Governance in Uganda: A Review of Political Parties Manifestos

"This paper argues that political parties are going to be the main power blockers in the new political dispensation under a multiparty political system including making important decisions over the management and utilization of the environment and...

Deepening Democracy and Enhancing Sustainable Livelihoods in Uganda: An Independent Review of the Performance of Special Interest Groups in Parliament

"In 2006 Uganda was going through a political transition process. To most political commentators, yet another milestone in the democratic development of a country whose 44 years of post-independence period have been marred by political anarchy an...

The Impact of Growth and Redistribution on Poverty and Inequality in South Africa

"This country study evaluates the experience of the South African economy with respect to growth, poverty and inequality trends since the advent of democracy in 1994. The post apartheid government took a definite turn toward greater spending on s...

Conflict Trends Issue 2 2004

"This special edition of Conflict Trends is dedicated to giving an overview of peacekeeping in Africa. It explores peacekeeping from a global United Nations and African perspective, and examines various African case studies. It is our hope that it...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 12, no. 3, 2012

This journal covers several topics in 6 articles. ‘Structural violence and the struggle for state power in Rwanda: What Arusha got wrong’ addresses the failings of the Arusha peace and power sharing process and makes three core arguments. ‘Buildin...

Poverty and the ‘Second Economy’ in South Africa: An Attempt to Clarify Applicable Concepts and Quantify the Extent of Relevant Challenges

"The paper starts off by dealing with the three most common money-metric measures of poverty. It goes on to argue that looking at poverty purely from an income perspective is limiting, as there are other issues that also affect quality of life – s...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 15, no. 2, 1991

In this issue, Smuts House Notes look at how South Africans are trying to identify with Africa because of the long years of isolation. The first article by Weiland addresses democracy issues in Africa. Simpson's article on dissident sub-nationalis...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 1, 1979

The first article focuses on the first elections in Rhodesia that allowed all Africans above the age of 18 to vote. The next article has one premise: the best guide to a government's response to external stimuli, pressures and incentives, lies in...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 2, 1979

Articles in this issue include: Botswana: Democracy under pressure - discussing Botswana’s position with regard to South Africa’s political situation and how it copes with being a landlocked country surviving economically as well as politically; M...

Mercenarism in West Africa: A Threat to Ghana's Democracy?

"The highly destructive nature of contemporary warfare, particularly its impact on lives and property raises concern both in the corridors of power and among civil society. The paper holds that West African Security threats are very real, in terms...

The Power of Oil Charting Uganda's Transition to a Petro-State

"The report investigates the political impacts that oil is likely to have on Uganda. It argues that oil production will have transformative effects on Uganda’s local, national and regional political relations. To better understand these impacts, t...

Resolutions of the Third Conference of Non-Aligned States

“The Third Summit Conference of Non-Aligned States was held in Lusaka, Namibia. A series of resolutions (some in the form of declarations or statements) was issued after the Conference, and the texts of most of these resolutions are reproduced in ...

Making Government Smaller and More Efficient: The Botswana Case

"The report assesses the role, scale and scope of government in Botswana; a maturing mineralled economy. It discusses the development problems commonly found in countries that receive large inflows of foreign exchange from exports of minerals. A m...

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