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Morocco and South Africa globalisation, development and pivotal states

Both Morocco and South Africa are key states in their respective regions in an age when regional integration is both a stepping stone to fuel global participation and competitiveness for African development. This paper then focus on the similarities…

Blame the rulers, not the rain: Democracy and food security in Zambia and Zimbabwe

The Southern African region is threatened by a famine and 5 of the 6 affected countries are democracies. However the current crisis raises serious questions about the strength of their democratic institutions and their ability to provide a basic lev…

In Search of Sustainable Democratic Governance for Africa: does democracy work for developing countries?

"The 2007 symposium built upon the fascinating policy debates that participants started during the inaugural symposium. The main purpose was to deepen the debate and to tease out relevant policy interventions. They focused on how best democratic go…

EISA Technical assessment team report Swaziland House of assembly election 19 September 2008

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA team to the Swaziland elections including the team’s observations and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation and announcement of the el…

Zimbabwe's Democracy: Quantifying the impact of electoral maladministration

"The object of this paper is to measure the extent to which election (mal)administration contributed to the performance of the two main contenders. It thus concentrates on issues that supersede the violence etc. It examines consequences of administ…

Botswana Electoral System Reform Conference Boipuso Hall, Gaborone, Botswana 14-15 March 2006

"OSISA, EISA and the local partners in Botswana , Emang Basadi and Women’s Caucus came together to provide a forum for all stakeholders in Botswana to discuss existing problems with the electoral system and to make specific recommendations for a par…

EISA Observer Mission Report D R Congo The 2005 Constitutional Referendum in the DRC 18-19 December 2005

"This report outlines the EISA Observer Mission's assessment, findings and analysis of the referendum process in all its phases, specifically the pre-polling, polling and counting phases, as well as the post-referendum phase that includes the announ…

Challenges for Democratic Governance and Human Development in Africa - EISA Annual Symposium - Wanderers Club Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa 8-10 November 2006

"The overall goal of the symposium initiative was to provide a dialogue forum from various stakeholders on critical issues that affect Africa's developmental and democratic prospects. The specific goals were to: generate debate around democracy and …

First impressions of a changing South Africa

This paper is based on the text of the speech delivered by Mr. Reeve on the occasion of the Witwatersrand Branch of the Institute’s Annual General Meeting on 27 November 1991. It discusses the recent unexpected changes in South Africa, the process…

EISA Election Observer Mission Report: Zambia Presidential, parliamentary and local government elections 28 September 2006

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA Observer Mission to the Zambian tripartite elections of 28 September 2006, including the mission’s findings, analysis and recommendations on the electoral process in all its phases, especially the i…

The not so brave new world! Problems and prospects of regional integration in Post-Apartheid Southern Africa

This report describes regional economic integration in post-apartheid Southern Africa. Various problems in the SADCC region are evaluated, and assumptions about the South African economy are explored, including future growth and redistribution optio…

What do we think? A survey of white opinion on foreign policy issues no 6

This document describes the results of a survey of white opinion on South African foreign policy issues. The objective was to establish shifts in political views since the last survey two years ago in 1990. It investigated perceptions of domestic co…

Handbook on Legislation and Regulations for South Africa's Local Government Elections 2006

"This handbook is intented to provide clear and accessible information about the laws and regulations which will determine the administration of the 2006 local government elections. The contents should be helpful for electoral administrators and vot…

EISA Regional Observer Mission Report: Botswana parliamentary and local government elections 30 October 2004

"EISA found that in general, the electoral and political environment in Botswana is conducive to the holding of democratic elections. In addition the various election related processes provided for by legislation, such as voter registration and the …

EISA Election Observer Mission Report South Africa National and provincial elections 12-14 April 2004

"This report gives the main findings of the mission and makes recommendations to relevant election stakeholders for future elections. The report will be shared with the Independant Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), political parties that c…

Is Swaziland a Democracy?

"This paper basically focuses on whether or not Swaziland is a democracy. As this question cannot be answered in abstracto, but with due reference to the actual practices and procedures employed by the Swaziland government in the constitutional and…

Peacemaking and democracy in Southern Africa: An American View

This article describes peacemaking and democracy in Southern Africa from an American point of view. It places South Africa into the global context of recent changes in the world, states the grounds for optimism in Southern Africa, and lists dynamic …

South Africa's Political Futures The Positive and Negative Implications of One-Party Dominance

"This article explores how diverse views of South Africa’s future are sustained by genuine imponderables arising from the interaction between politics and policy. The first section draws on recent advances in the local academic literature to investi…

South West Africa - The aftermath of the judgment

This article describes the revocation by the United Nations General Assembly of South Africa’s mandate over South West Africa, and the appointment of a United Nations administration for the territory. This was the culmination of a dispute between th…

West Africa: The silent revolution

This brief report deals with West Africa, which has been plagued by political instability and economic mismanagement. Recent events indicate that the region is undergoing a profound transition, but the process has not been uniform. This report di…

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