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Nigeria - Want in the Midst of Plenty

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation and perhaps also its most poorly understood. It has endured six successful and numerous failed military coups, a civil war that cost well over a million lives, three inconclusive transitions to democrac...

Nigeria’s Faltering Federal Experiment

Nigeria’s federal system and politics are deeply flawed, contributing to rising violence that threatens to destabilise one of Africa’s leading countries. Failing to encourage genuine power sharing, they have sparked dangerous rivalries between the...

Nigeria: Seizing the Moment in the Niger Delta

Excerpt: "The report of the government-constituted Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, submitted to Nigeria’s President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on 1 December 2008, offers an opportunity to reduce violent conflict significantly and begin longer-ter...

China and Africa's Natural Resources: The Challenges and Implications for Development and Governance

"This paper proposes to analyse China’s growing engagement in Africa’s mineral sector and assess its impact on local governance. China’s energy concerns have been playing an increasingly crucial role in its foreign policymaking in the new centur...

China in the African Solar Energy Sector

"Access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical for poverty alleviation and the improvement of livelihoods, including in the areas of education, health, and industrial development in Africa. However, a combination of factors, such as c...

India and Africa: Towards a Sustainable Energy Partnership

"The depletion of hydrocarbon resources, due to unprecedented growth in energy demand from developing countries, concerns over the disruption of energy supplies arising from political instability in the Middle East and the emergence of energy ‘n...

Before and Beyond Energy: Contextualising the India – Africa Partnership

"Although the India–Africa relationship is not new, what is relatively new is the range of areas now covered by the partnership, in particular energy. Energy has played, and will play, a critical role in bringing India and Africa closer together i...

Solar Power Prospects in North Africa's Sahara Desert

"There is significant potential for generating electricity from solar power in the Sahara desert in North Africa for both domestic use and for export to Europe. The successful implementation of projects to harness solar power could improve standa...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record No 30

This document contains articles and statements on the relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa, statements by South African Ministers to the government of Mozambique and Namibia as well as the address at the South African Development Co-ordinat...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, November 2003

Examines some crucial issues around constitutional order in Africa: the pitfalls of reform; the potential for peer review to strengthen adherence to principles already enshrined in constitutions; the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipelin...

An Overview of the Carbon Trading Landscape: Possibilities and Pitfalls for South Africa

"In order to meet its international and domestic carbon emissions requirements, South Africa needs to substantially rethink its current energy and industrial trajectories. This represents a massive challenge for any country with such a high depend...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 7, no. 4, 1975

This newsletter contains eight articles by various authors. Rudolph Gruber’s article concerns West Germany and describes aspects of German life and institutions, including the political structure, the economy, the social security system, and cu...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 6, no. 2, 1974

This newsletter contains articles by various authors. The first article concerns a symposium on South Africa and the future of world energy resources. John Barratt’s article is a brief report following the joint statement released on August 20, 1...

Guidelines for the Selection of Long-Range Energy Systems Modelling Platforms to Support MAPS Processes

"A number of countries in South America, including Peru, Brazil, Chile and Colombia are collaborating on long-term national climate planning through the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) platform. Under MAPS, countries explore different...

The Green Economy in the G-20, Post-Mexico: Implications for Brazil

"The preparations for the 2012 G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, coincided with negotiations around the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20), co-ordinated by Brazil. This coincidence led to a conflict betwe...

Building a Regional Electricity Market: SAPP challenges

"Regional power trade has many potential benefits. Indeed, enlarging national electricity markets beyond borders could help to decrease variable supply and demand issues and stimulate capacity investment. In Southern Africa, the Southern African P...

'Energetic' Dialogues in South Africa: The EU Example

"Since the energy crisis of 2007–2008, investor interest in the South African energy sector has been on the rise. This has drawn more attention to the importance of energy in the South Africa–EU relationship. The introduction of the South African...

Bioenergy Policy Review in Tanzania

"Biofuel is a fast growing sector in Tanzania. some companies are acquiring big tracts of land, some up to 400 000 hectares for growing biofuel crops. It is believed that the country has a reserve of 88 million hectares for agriculture. The govern...

Creating Incentives for Green Economic Growth: Green Energy in South Africa

This occasional paper focus on green economic growth with specific reference to green energy. The threat of climate change has directed attention to the central role that energy plays in future interactions between humans and natural resources. Re...

Workshop Theme: Clean Energy Access towards a Sustainable Society in Kenya

The accessibility of clean energy can reduce costs of living, doing business, improve health, enhance competitiveness and create employment. Kenyans spend approximately US$1 billion on lighting annually with 70% of the population using kerosene fo...

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