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Money and Politics in Nigeria

"This book is a product of two seminars on the theme of ‘money and politics' held by IFES at the University of Jos and the University of Ibadan in May 2006. It addresses the dimensions of political corruption in Nigeria that has begun to attract t...

Elections, Politics and External Involvement in Djibouti

"The first part of this situation report provides a brief overview of the political and electoral history of Djibouti. The second gives the legal framework for the conduct of elections and then examines the preparations for the April 2011 presiden...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 47 and 48

“Southern Africa Record contains the original texts of or extracts from, important statements by political leaders, government representatives and international organisations, concerning international relations in the southern region of Africa. In...

Transformation of the Pan-African Parliament A path to a legislative body?

"The inauguration of the Pan-African Parliament reflects a commitment towards enhancing and deepening democratic values and principles on the continent. The PAP forms part of the ambitious process of deepening the institutional framework for achi...

Another Crossroad for Burundi: From the FNL to Peaceful Elections in 2010

"Following a brief background to place the current state of play in Burundi into context, an overview will be provided of the steps taken in the first half of 2009 to finalise the peace process with the Palipehutu-FNL. This will be followed by an ...

Unpacking the Zimbabwe Crisis

"This situation report focuses on the progress of the IG in fulfilling the terms of the power-sharing agreement signed September 2008, as this is the benchmark by which progress should ultimately be measured. It begins by outlining the political...

Kenya – A Year After The Crisis: The Quest for Electoral Reform and Transitional Justice

"This Situation Report assessess the key issues raised by the Kriegler and Waki Commissions. In specific, it seeks to evaluate the challenges of implementing the recommendations pertaining to electoral reform and transitional justice. There is a...

Angolan Legislative Elections: Analysing the MPLA’s Triumph

"Despite the cloak of legitimacy provided by reforms to improve the country’s international image, including measures concerning fiscal transparency and the rapid rehabilitation of infrastructure,the control and heavy-handedness with which the Ang...

Egypt: The Political Process Between ‘Opening Up’ and ‘Control’

"This Situation Report looked at the political situation in Egypt over the last few years with the 8 April 2008 municipal and local council elections as the entry point. The report reveals that while there have been some positive developments and...

Mozambique's 2004 General Elections

"The period around the turn of the millennium, in particular, indicated that democracy was not yet consolidated in Mozambique. FRELIMO benefited from the disbursement of state funds and other resources for its campaign, as well as from biased r...

Africa in 2004

"This paper comprises a summary of significant milestones in Africa and also viewing new events that lies ahead. Some of the subjects covered in brief are as follows: Elections in Algeria,Mozambique and Malawi, A decade of democracy in South Afri...

An Emerging South African Foreign Policy Identity?

"This paper attempts to provide a broad framework for reviewing South Africa’s emerging foreign policy identity on the eve of the second elections in June 1999, and amidst the turmoil that has come to characterise much of Africa in recent years. I...

Congo: The Electoral Dilemma

"After four years of electoral inertia and in a stalled democratic process, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is preparing its second set of democratic elections in a hurry and on a rolling calendar. Opposition parties are trying to unite, ...

Egypt's Muslim Brothers: Confrontation or Integration?

Excerpt: "The Society of Muslim Brothers’ success in the November-December 2005 elections for the People’s Assembly sent shockwaves through Egypt’s political system. In response, the regime cracked down on the movement, harassed other potential ri...

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 ...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Zimbabwe

"The conceptual point of departure is the problematic question of whether the political and socio-economic processes under way in Zimbabwe amount to a consolidation of democratic governance. In short, to what extent does the country conform to or ...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Botswana

"This research report analyses the consolidation of democratic governance in Botswana. It is part of a larger study on consolidating democratic governance in Southern Africa. The report gives extensive coverage of political representation and acco...

Election Update 2006 South Africa No 3

Several authors have contributed to this Election Update. The issues discussed in the articles focused mainly on the following subjects: Election Observation and Monitoring, Challenges for new Local Authorities, Annoucement of Results, Result Patt...

Election Update 2006 South Africa No 2

"This report deals with the actual election phase. Every stage of this process went fairly smoothly. The IEC therefore achieved its overall goal of effectively implementing a successful election. However there are areas that still need attention. ...

Election Update 2006 South Africa No 1

Several authors have contributed towards this paper. The proceeding of the elections in each province were discussed. The subjects covered in the articles were mainly : Preparedness of the Election Management Body, Preparedness of Civil Society Or...

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