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Burundi: Overview of the 2010 Elections and Observations on the Way Forward

"This situation report provides an overview of the main developments in Burundi’s 2010 electoral process. Following a short section to provide the context in which the 2010 elections took place,the report will briefly discuss the pre-electoral cli...

The Coup d'etat in Liberia

Liberia achieved independence in 1847, and the coup d’etat of 12 April 1980 which deposed President William Tolbert upset a tradition of political stability. However, the coup was not unexpected. Disaffection with the regime had led to confrontati...

Lesotho's troubled road

This brief reports describes the reasons and consequences of the coup d’etat in Lesotho on 20 January this year. The government of Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan and his ruling party faced two interrelated problems before the coup: waning domestic...

The implications for Southern Africa of a conservative government in the United Kingdom

This report assumes that the Conservative Party will win the British general election of 3 May 1979. Recent Tory pronouncements on Rhodesia, South West Africa/Namibia and South Africa have created hopes of a more sympathetic British attitude towa...

Decentralisation, Development and Conflict: Challenges Awaiting Local Authorities in Lesotho

"This paper looks at decentralisation policy in the context of Lesotho and the challenges that await local authorities. It should be pointed out that the paper recognizes the fact that there are different forms of decentralisation, namely; deconce...

Managing Intra-Party and Inter-Party Conflict in Lesotho: Training manual

"This manual is meant to ensure that political parties in Lesotho are well equipped with the necessary skills that will enable them to promote democracy effectively. It focuses on the following aspects of party functioning: Leadership qualities wi...

Local Governance in Lesotho: In Search of an Appropriate Format

"Lesotho has recently undertaken a series of measures to establish local governments, known as Local Authorities. The move is acclaimed as a “measure to increase democracy in government by giving power to the people. This paper attempts to review,...

Demarcating Local Authorities' Boundaries for Good Governance versus the People-to-People Relations: the Case Study of Lesotho

"This paper looks at the local authorities’ boundaries demarcation process in Lesotho as a pre-requisite for the holding of local government elections and the implementation of local government. It also looks at the implications of such an exer...

Election Update 2004 Malawi No 1

This paper examined the 2004 Malawi elections. The following key issues were discussed : the Challenge to Judicial Independence, The Electoral System, the Malawi Electoral Commission(MEC), Status and Composition of the Commission Functions and Po...

Local government in South Africa: Priorities for action

"The Round Table indicates that there is a high level of consensus among government officials, local councillors, members of parliament, and private sector figures about the nature of the challenges facing local government. However, this consens...

Local Government Reforms: What's happening and who is in charge?

"The discussion was designed to stimulate debate and encourage a frank exchange of views. Senior government officials spoke on three major elements of local government reform: the demarcation process; who is in charge of reforming local governmen...

Post Apartheid Local Government reforms: A small town perspective

"This CDE Focus confirms many of the shortcomings in South Africa’s small towns. There is a lack of crucial municipal staff, management capacity, and resources necessary to sustain new infrastructure projects. Substantial unresolved issues have ar...

Malawi's Referendum on Multi-Party Politics: Banda's Battle of Hastings?

"This paper discusses the 1992 referendum held under the regime of President Banda, the demands made by the opposition as well as UN election monitoring and concludes that Pres Banda will not be the power behind the throne indefinitely. Especiall...

Assessing the role of councillors in service delivery at local government level in South Africa: Research Report No 125

"This research report presents the findings of a study that explores the role of elected public representatives (local councillors) in service delivery. According to the Handbook for Municipal Councillors, the broad mandate of local government off...

Municipal Responses to Climate Change in South Africa: The case of eThekwini, the City of Cape Town, and the City of Johannesburg

"This study assesses the extent of progress made in institutionalising climate change policy responses within three metropolitan municipalities in South Africa – Cape Town, eThekwini (Durban) and Johannesburg. By focusing on the progress in some o...

A Future in Dispute: Political perspectives on South Africa's provincial system

"This study examines this renewed debate mainly, from the perspectives of the major political parties in the country. It seeks to understand what views and ideas these parties hold in the wake of the renewed vigour in South Africa’s perennial deba...

Reflections on Zimbabwe's Past as Building Blocks for its Future

"This paper seeks to reflect on the situation in Zimbabwe through the last two decades and to conclude by suggesting some policy directions for the way forward. The reflection focuses largely on local government, land, health and education sector...

Equatorial Guinea

The following review of past and present developments in this small West African state is inspired by recent South African interest manifested in the area. This paper discusses the history and physical feautures of the country and continue to disc...

Election Talk [Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia]

This brief consists of several articles which was written by 4 different authors. Kenneth Good discusses the background to the 2004 elections in Botswana. Rafiq Hajat discusses the 2004 general election in Malawi and focus on the registration proc...

Namibia: Return to home rule

This brief report describes the establishment of the Transitional Government in Namibia on 17 June 1985 scheduled to be in office for two years. It will be composed of the National Assembly, Ministers’ Council, Constitutional Council and Constitut...

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