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African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 7, no. 2, 2007

"This issue is the second special edition. What readers will find in this issue, are frank descriptions and discussions of the divisiveness and belligerency that may be caused or propagated by any obsession with identity. When leaders and follower...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008

"In the first article, Ibaba Ibaba discusses the protracted conflict in the Niger Delta, where immense profits from oil production and sale are channelled to oil companies and politicians, but away from the frustrated indigenous population as they...

Participatory Approaches to Local Government Planning in Tanzania: The Limits to Local Participation

"This brief is a summary of the tracer study published by REPOA as Special Paper 17: “When bottom-up meets top-down: The limits of local participation in local government planning in Tanzania”. District planning combines district-based, participa...

EISA Annual Report 2010

"While there have been advances in the delivery of free, fair and credible elections in many countries on our continent, the challenge to ensure ongoing consistency of the quality of elections in accordance with best electoral practice is ongoing....

Reconciling Living Customary Law and Democratic Decentralisation to Ensure Women's Land Rights Security

"The recent Constitutional Court judgment rendering the Communal Land Rights Act (CLARA) unconstitutional must not be allowed to throw decentralisation policy making into disarray. Decentralisation holds much potential for lively, participatory de...

Tunisia: Confronting Social and Economic Challenges

"Eighteen months after initiating the Arab spring, Tunisia still can boast of an ongoing, successful transition. The former regime, which came to symbolise corruption and social injustice, is gone and democratic gains are palpable. Yet, formidable...

Tunisia: Combatting Impunity, Restoring Security

"Since January 2011, not only has the former leader, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, fallen from power, but an entire system has been overwhelmed, if not overhauled, relatively peacefully and with the support of a fairly broad consensus. The co...

The Changing Nature of Large-Scale Commercial Farming and Implications for Agrarian Reform: Evidence from Limpopo, Western Cape and Northern Cape

"The privileged position of white commercial farmers in South Africa came to an end by the early 1990s, when political and policy changes removed the certainty provided by controlled marketing, protective tariffs and weak legislation regulating r...

SA Reconciliation Barometer Report 2010

"Section II analyses survey results related to human security, and finds that despite moderate recent improvements in perceptions of physical security, positive evaluations of economic security have declined between 2009 and 2010, and since the ou...

Intricacies of Land Restitution in Africa The Case of the Mkambati Community, South Africa

"This study illustrates the benefit of distinguishing between bonding and bridging social capital. It also shows that collective action reinforces bonding social capital, but that to attain large-scale goals commonly requires both bonding and bri...

The Collapse of Gbagbo’s Regime and Ouattara’s Ascension Prospects and Challenges Ahead for Côte d’Ivoire

"Since December 2010, Côte d’Ivoire has witnessed the recurrence of a political crisis which was triggered by disputed presidential elections. This political crisis was a brutal assault on the country’s hopes and aspirations for peace. It also ch...

Ethnicity and Arms Proliferation in the Great Lakes Region Challenges to Peace and Democracy

"It would be difficult to assume that the Rwandan genocide of 1994 was not predicted and far less difficult to think it could have been prevented. The genocide represents a high point of a diabolic pseudo-Fascist plan by the majority Hutu to estab...

Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa: An Assessment of the Relevance of the Constitutive Act of the African Union

"The Constitutive Act of the African Union marks a new era in institution-building in post-colonial Africa. It is conceived as an aspect of Africa’s response to the challenges of globalisation and regional integration. The Constitutive Act, amende...

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:demogr...

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;...

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 ...

Leadership, ‘Political Comebacks’ and Succession in Southern Africa - Abstracts

"Cheryl Hendricks introduced the topic of debate by stating that the question of leadership has increasingly become critical in Africa especially with the advent of the ‘new wave of democratization.’ She observed that the first generation leaders ...

The Challenges of Regional Integration in Africa In the Context of Globalisation and the Prospects for a United States of Africa

"In the paper the theme of regional economic integration within the AU’s notion of building a United States of Africa is explored. The validity of the proposition that political integration is a desirable strategy for overcoming Africa’s deep-sea...

The APRM A Case Study in Democratic Institution Building?

"This paper uses an institutional approach in analysing the progress made by the APRM across the currently signed up countries. It argues that the African leadership/government(s) is in the position of gate-keeper in this review exercise, hence, m...

Wading Through a Domestic Political Crisis in a Turbulent Region

"This paper highlights the structural causes of conflict in Chad, and argues that the success of any external intervention in the region will depend on the capacity of the international community to look beyond the narrow lens of the Darfur questi...

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