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Do Citizens Reward Good Service? Voter Responses to Basic Service Provision in Southern Africa

"Theories of democratic governance posit that citizens should reward politicians for good service and punish them for bad. But does electoral accountability work as theorized, especially in developing country contexts? Studying southern African demo…

When Does the State Listen?

In this article, the author looked at four cases of key historical policies in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania to examine how states engage with citizen voices. The policies all took place in contexts of political change and major junctures…

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 unn…

The Nigerian Economy Reforms, Emerging Trends and Prospects

This paper sought to provide some understanding of the Nigerian economy in a clear, simple and concise form. Though the Nigerian economy has a complex history that can hardly be exhausted in a monograph, the authors attempted to have a comprehensiv…

Towards Greater Representation of Women in National Governance

"The importance of women's participation in national governance has been established at the highest level of international policy on human rights, equality and equity. In African democracies, the case for women's participation has gained further mom…

Are South Africa's Youth Really a 'Ticking Time Bomb'?

"This paper reviews longitudinal survey data on South Africa’s political culture produced by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (1994-1998) and Afrobarometer (2000-2011) and finds that while there are real problems with democratic citizen…

Maintaining Momentum? Civil Society and the APRM in Zambia

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is intended to assist member states to identify and eradicate governance problems. The review of Zambia found positives as well as negatives in the country’s governance practices. Without the participation o…

Will Rising Democracies Adopt Pro-Human Rights Foreign Policies?

"Democratic governments worldwide behave hypocritically when it comes to human rights and foreign policy. The international community should hold them accountable and help them to close the gap between rhetoric and practice. As democratisation unfol…

2013 Elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe: Lessons for Africa and Beyond

"The 2013 elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe took place in the context of both optimism and fear. Held under new constitutional dispensations that promised democratic progress, these were ‘first-generation’ elections that followed the gruesome electora…

Strengthening Ghana's Electoral System : A Precondition for Stability and Development

Inextricably interwoven with elections, is the democratization process. Political party engagement stems from the aggregation of political ideas through political parties so that a meaningful political competition can take place. Hence, to rig an el…

Zimbabwe and South Africa: Security Takes Precedence Over Economy

"South Africa and its partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) removed Zimbabwe from its agenda following the July 2013 elections in Zimbabwe, which saw Zanu-PF return to power. The decision by SADC to end regional monitoring fo…

Learning from the Latins: Political and economic transition in Latin America and South Africa

"While no one country ever provides a perfect model for another, it is nonetheless valuable to contrast the experiences and expectations of South Africa with those of various Latin American countries. The diversity among these states provides an op…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 7

The contents include an address by the South African Minister of Foreign Affairs (Dr. Hilgard Muller), an address to the Nation by the Rhodesian Prime Minister (Ian D. Smith), a speech by H.E. Sir Seretse Khama (President of Botswana), and an interv…

Proceedings of the 2009 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"This is the eighth and last of the FOPRISA research reports between the Norwegian MFA and BIDPA. The papers discuss the political and economic dimensions of regional cooperation and integration, and the monitoring of SADC. The papers in this volume…

Towards Political and Economic Integration in Southern Africa Proceedings of the 2007 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"The papers assembled in this volume were presented at the 2007 FOPRISA Annual Conference in Durban. The main purpose of this conference was to report on and discuss the research findings from activities undertaken from 2006 to 2007. This volume is …

Encouraging Political Participation in Africa The Potential of Social Media Platforms

"The ‘Arab Spring’ developments have led to debate as to whether an ‘African Spring’ facilitated through the use of social-media-based tools is possible. This report argues that social media have the potential to facilitate the active citizen polit…

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 5, Issue 7, January - March 2012

The following articles are contained in this newsletter. The articles are entitled as follows: Echoes from the Field. 7th KAIPTC/ZIF Lessons Learnt Seminar Held. KAIPTC holds Joint Retreat. Promoting French at the KAIPTC. KAIPTC Wins Peace Ambassad…

African Futures 2050 The Next Forty Years

"With this monograph the ISS and the Pardee Center for International Futures combines the deep and wide knowledge of Africa within the ISS with extensive use of the IFs modelling system, this discussion looks across most major issue arenas:demograp…

The Security Sector in Southern Africa

"The case studies in this monograph begin to close the gap by sketching the political environments that are operative in the selected countries; outlining the constitutional clauses and policy and legal frameworks that govern the security sector; p…

Political Violence in North Africa: The Perils of Incomplete Liberalization

"After the attacks of September 11, 2001, a growing number of analysts and policymakers drew a link between the dramatic rise of terrorism in the Middle East and the region’s lack of democracy. The question of whether levels of political rights an…

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