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The Foreign Policies of African States in the Age of Democracy and Human Rights

"The establishment of the AU in 2002 created opportunities for an ambitious democracy and human rights agenda in the foreign and continental policies of African states. The Constitutive Act of the AU sets the normative basis for integrating variou...

2013 Study to Audit and Monitor Compliance and Implementation of Protocols, Conventions and Decisions of the AU Member States South Africa

"This Report has illustrated that South Africa has developed one of the most progressive legislative frameworks to protect citizens’ rights, in particular political, economic and social rights, as well as the rights of women, people with disabilit...

South Sudan's South : Conflict in the Equatoria's

Following Riek Machar’s return to Juba in April and the formation of a transitional government, marked the most significant milestone of the August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) that ended ...

Regional Integration for Africa: Could Stronger Public Support Turn ' Rhetoric into Reality'?

"Regional integration has been a development strategy for Africa for decades. The African Economic Community’s founding treaty in 1991 provided a framework targeting full political and economic integration by 2019. Many African countries have sign...

Rainbow at Risk Improving South Africa's Prospects

Over many generations, South Africa has proved its resilience and the country should bar unforeseen events, also weather the turbulent years ahead. Its long-term growth prospects remain positive and, with the right confluence of leadership and a f...

South African Scenarios 2024 : Politics, Violence and Growth in the Rainbow Nation

Three different political, economic and social scenarios is presented in this paper for South Africa until the year 2024. This is one of three publications on the future of South Africa released simultaneously by the Institute for Security Studie...

Economics, Governance and Instability in South Africa

This paper analyzes the economic and social underpinnings of rising political instability in South Africa such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. The analysis in this document indicates that the types of violence most feared by people, such ...

In South Africa, Citizen's Trust in President, Political Institutions Drops Sharply

"In assessing the health of democracies, it is impossible to ignore the concept of citizen trust in public institutions. Trust is a cornerstone of democratic legitimacy, triggering citizens’ willingness to contribute to a strong and robust democra...

Swazis Reject Multiparty Politics Amid Decreasing Satisfaction with Democracy

"If supporters of democratic reform in Swaziland see multiparty competition as the path to a more transparent and accountable government, they face an uphill struggle: Almost two-thirds of citizens say multiple political parties are divisive and u...

Transitional Justice in Kenya : How Far Should we go in Defining the Past?

A key dilemma is highlighted in this policy paper which addresses those societies seeking to redress the past through transitional justice measures in determining how to define that past: how far back into history is enough and not too far to trul...

The Growth Agenda Priorities for Mass Employment and Inclusion: Business and Government

"The dysfunctional relationship between business and government is a key reason why the South African economy is in trouble. This document offers an analysis of this failing relationship. Its principal messages are: • A solid business-government...

Democracy Works 2014 The Democratic Alternative from the South India, Brazil, and South Africa

In this report, the achievements of the past twenty-five years were examined, and it looked particularly at the progress made which is often not sufficiently acknowledged either within these countries or by outsiders. The problem of corruption is ...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 4 No 3

In this bulletin the following events were discussed : OSSREA’s Ninth Congress, the Stakeholders Workshop, OSSREA-IDRC and WARF Research Capacity Building Training Workshop, the Grant Awards and training Programmes. Feature articles include the fo...

More Continuity Than Change? Reconfiguring Relations between ANC and Civil Society Post-Polokwane

"The material in this Policy Brief is drawn largely from this research, and opinions cited emanate from the interviews on which the research was based. The discussion interrogates perceptions of the nature and extent to which the ANC has revised i...

Winners and Losers: Thoughts on South Africa's 4th Democratic Elections and future prospects

"A question to ask is: what mistakes can the ANC make that might earn the ire of voters? The unseemly infighting and factions, which were obvious before the elections, would have driven many voters to vote elsewhere. These and further key issues a...

Democratic Consolidation, Substantive uncertainty and institutional certainty: Prospects for the re-alignment of opposition in South Africa

"This Policy Brief seeks to interrogate the following:Conceptual issues, Different conceptions of opposition politics in South Africa, The performance of major opposition political parties since 1994, The possible impact of COPE on opposition poli...

The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance: Declaration vs policy practice

"This Policy Brief unravels the evolution of the African Charter which, if effectively implemented, may radically transform Africa’s governance architecture and in the process improve the livelihoods of ordinary people on the continent. The democr...

The Namibian Dilemma: Factors Preventing a Settlement

This paper is on the course of the SWA/Nambian situation on wanting internationally recognised independence. It reports that the issue has reached a turning point away from the wanted independence. Such a collapse is said to be a setback for the W...

The Developmental State Instrumentalities and Their Relevance to the Discourse on Socio-Economic Challenges in Africa

"As far as the relative autonomy and power of the African post-colonial state to decide the whys and wherefores of economic development is concerned, what colonialism or neocolonialism started, contemporary globalisation has seemingly finished off...

Removing Neo Colonialism's APRM Mask A Critique of the African Peer Review Mechanism

"The arguments made here should suggest a rethink by any community-based organisation, social movement, non-governmental organisation and other progressive body if they are presently legitimating NEPAD policies, Bretton Woods Institution mandates,...

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