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eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2, May 2004

Reports on the second meeting of the African Partnership Forum which was held from 16-17 April 2011 to discuss issues such as peace and security, HIV/AIDS, food security, education and poverty alleviation. Reflects on some of the issues Zimbabwe h...

Malawi: Off the Southern African Map?

Since South Africa’s political transition, Malawi appears to have dropped off Pretoria’s political map; under Banda it was South Africa’s closest African ally. Earlier this year, Malawi staged its second democratic election, amidst allegations of ...

Namibia elections and conflict management

"In November 2004, Namibia conducted its third generation of elections at the presidential, parliamentary and regional levels, since it became independent from apartheid South Africa in 1990. After fourteen years of independence, Namibia has esta...

Is Botswana advancing or regressing in its democracy?

"There is wide consensus among academics and political analysts that Botswana has been hailed as one of the “old democracies” in Africa, but that there have been reports of political wrangling in the country. Landsberg maintains that the southern ...

Women Transforming Conflicts in Africa: Descriptive Studies from Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Sudan

"There is evidence of successful efforts to constructively respond to conflict and to undertake transformation, reconstruction and reconciliation in Africa. The inclusion of women as a strategic constituency is central to sustaining and consolidat...

Explaining African Economic Growth Performance: The Case of Ethiopia

"This paper attempts to unravel the factors behind the growth performance in Ethiopia. This is done first by attempting to place growth in Ethiopia in its political economy and historical context. This historical review helped to categorize the gr...

Explaining African Economic Growth Performance : The Case of Mauritius

"The success story of Mauritius is considered a model of economic development that has the potential of changing the destiny of many developing countries. The plan of this research work is to critically analyse the factors underlying this growth. ...

Explaining Sudan’s Economic Growth Performance

"The paper is composed of twelve sections. Section 2 gives a quick historical background to the economy of the country, while Section 3 looks at the growth record of the country in terms of the chosen periods as well as in terms of the half-decade...

Rhodesia - The British Commonwealth conference

This document concerns the relevance of the September Commonwealth Conference to the conflict between Britain and Rhodesia. The African members made clear their intention to discuss Rhodesia and the subject came close to wrecking the Commonwealth....

Interdependence in Southern Africa

"All around us are the signs of the technological revolution - in communications, transport, industry, weapons and much else. But there have also been vast changes in the international political and economic order, especially since the Second Wor...

Madagascar: Paradise Lost?

Madagascar acceded to autonomous statehood in October 1958 and has since been known for its conflict between the coastal people and the traditional ruling group, the Merina. However the economy went into a deep decline after 1967 and the crisis w...

Linking Economic Research and Policy-Making: The Role of the AERC

"This synthesis paper deals with findings of these two “policy” studies. Each study looked at the current relationship between research and policy in countries where AERC has been involved with local researchers or policy makers to varying degree...

Talking Gender to Africa

"International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. This donor-driven strategy is failing. The jargon of gender programmes is ambiguous and easily misu...

Liberia: How Sustainable is the Recovery?

"Liberia’s October 2011 general and presidential elections, the second since civil war ended in 2003, are an opportunity to consolidate its fragile peace and nascent democracy. Peaceful, free and fair elections depend on how well the National Ele...

Uganda: Developments since Amin

This background briefing examines the political development in Uganda after the defeat of General Idi Amin in April 1979. President Lule was appointed by the UNLF but he resigned after 69 days in office due to conflict in the Parliament. Binaisa w...

Zimbabwe: Eleven years after

This brief report looks at what Zimbabwe had achieved eleven years after independence. First of all it takes a closer look at the Constitutional changes that were implemented after Independence and then it examines the economic development and gro...

South Africa and the Commonwealth: Return of the Prodigal?

Peter Henshaw takes a critical look at the reasons for South Africa’s return to the Commonwealth. South Africa was excluded from the Commonwealth in 1961 and treated with hostility since then. He also continues to describe the expansion of the Com...

Lessons from Nigeria’s 2011 Elections

"With the April 2011 general elections, Nigeria may have taken steps towards reversing the degeneration of its previous elections, but the work is not finished. Despite some progress, early and intensive preparations for the 2015 elections need t...

The Political Outlook in Southern Africa: some current considerations

This paper looks at how the Portuguese collapse in April 1974 dramtically changed the situation and critically affected the outlook for Southern Africa in four major ways. It removed not only the physical, but also the psychological, barriers whic...

Conflict Trends Issue 2 2007

"This issue of Conflict Trends focuses on leadership in Africa, since leadership is one of the many factors that influence conflicts. This is even more significant in Africa and other parts of the developing world, where broad-based governance wi...

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