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Examining the Relevance of Political Parties in Malawi

"This briefing paper examines the relevance of political parties in Malawi’s democracy. Beyond the functionalist assumption that existence suggests some positive contribution of an organ to the whole, this paper looks at social operational pre-req...

Malawi's 2014 Elections: Amid Concerns about Fairness, Outcome is too Close to Call

"Malawians will go to the polls on 20 May 2014 to select their next leaders. In an Afrobarometer1 poll conducted 6 to 8 weeks before the election, Malawians express strong confidence in their ability to vote as they choose, but also concerns abo...

Changing Attitudes Toward Democracy in Lesotho

"This briefing, describing changes in democratic attitudes in Lesotho, is based on a survey of 1,161 Basotho who are 18 years of age or older, administered between 6 July 2005 and 17 August 2005. The survey was conducted in 145 villages, in census...

Local Government and Democracy in Lesotho

"This briefing, describing changes in democratic attitudes in Lesotho, is based on a survey of 1,161 Basotho who are 18 years of age or older, administered between 6 July 2005 and 17 August 2005. The survey was conducted in 145 villages, in census...

A Fine Balance: Assessing the Quality of Governance in Botswana

"This is the inaugural Democracy Index for Botswana and is intended to set a benchmark for democracy to be measured against in the future. It has several aims, the first of which is to set out evidence affirming Botswana’s credentials as a democra...

Observance of the Rule of Law in Mozambique

The briefing paper examines the extent to which Mozambiqans regard the success of the implementation of the rule of Law in Mozambique. It also analysis the degree to which Mozambicans feel that officials and citizens are punished when they do not ...

Pan-Africanism, the African Peer Review Mechanism and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance: What does the Future Hold?

This paper focuses on two key questions namely the place of the democratisation process in the 50 year celebration of the AU, and secondly what progress has Africa made in institutionalizing democratic governance. To answer these questions the pa...

Perceptions and Realities of Corruption in South Africa

Corruption is a growing concern in South Africa and cases are regularly detailed in the news media. This survey focuses on the importance of corruption among government officials and representatives as perceived by the public. It also compares the...

Angola's Second Post War Elections The Alchemy of Change

"The second post-war elections in Angola, in August 2012, have become a lens through which to observe the political changes this emerging African powerhouse will face in the coming years. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was elected for the firs...

The ANC Polokwane Conference and its Aftermath

"This article seeks to analyse the ANC Polokwane conference and its consequences from a theoretical platform. It utilises the recent history of the ANC and lessons from other political parties to draw evidence of the theoretical hypothesis. Finall...

The Impact of Obama’s Election on Democracy and Governance Discourse in Africa

"This paper argues that the financial crises in the United States and globally have opened up the possibility for thinking quite differently about the role of the state in governance, the role of the state in development, and the interface between...

The Role of Political Parties at the Local Government Level A Reflection on South Africa at the time of the Policy Process of Review on Decentralisation

"The ongoing review of decentralisation in South Africa will definitely affect political parties’ legitimisation mechanisms at the local level. For this reason, one may expect the same actors, together with civil society organisations (CSOs), to b...

The Dynamics of the Ethiopian Politics: Exercising the Soft Power

"Currently, in the Ethiopian political arena many things attributed as the legacy of late Prime Minster Melese Zenawi. It is also believed to be part of the country history and remained to be continued. Similarly many things urge to be changed. Am...

Democratic Peace Theory Vis-a-Vis “Energy Peace Theory”

"In writing this short article the author wanted to show the possibility of making peace among African countries. His argument lies in the concept of "Energy Peace Theory". For the purpose of this article “Energy” is defined as any power (with the...

Turning Points in Transition The Story of South Africa's Road to Peace

"The aim of this book is to learn from the remarkable period in our history – the few years from 1989 to 1998 – during which South Africa experienced a political transition. We will be asking about the lessons that emerged from these years – and w...

BIDPA Newsletter December 2007

"The publication of the newsletter is one of BIDPA’s many efforts to disseminate research finding to its stakeholders and create awareness of critical socio-economic development issues at both the macro and micro levels. In this issue the followi...

Leadership Crisis and the Debacle of Kenya’s 27th December 2007 General Elections

"This brief puts into perspective the 27 December 2007 electoral debacle through an analysis of its causal factors and implications on the country’s multi-party democratic electoral system. The analysis proceeds from the premise that the country h...

The Democratic Alternative from the South - India, Brazil, and South Africa

"In order to understand the new phenomenon of rapidly developing democracies, this project set out to examine the relationship, between political democracy, on the one hand, and inclusive economic growth on the other, in much greater detail than i...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 13, no. 1, 2013

‘The reintegrating role that can be played by a traditional conflict resolving mechanism in the eastern Hararghe zone of Oromiya regional state, Ethiopia’ presents qualitative data on the reintegrating role that can be played by a traditional confli...

The Question of Youth Participation in Peacebuilding Processes in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

"The available body of literature addressing the roles of young people in armed conflict provides evidence of extensive child and youth involvement in warfare. For instance, Ukiwo (2003) draws attention to the role of young people as key actors in...

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