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G20, Development and Global Governence: An Assessment

In comparison with the G7/G8, ultimately, the ability of the G20, to take decisions by consensus on policies to be implemented collectively indicates that the G20 is more than just a global talking shop, even if not yet equipped with the powers ov...

From Addis Ababa to Paris: Understanding the Complexities of a Negotiated Global Development Agenda

It is imperative for practitioners and non practitioners alike to familiarize themselves with the growing complexities of international diplomacy and negotiations. Especially with 2015 being widely considered a crucial year for international negot...

From the Nakuru County Peace accord (2010-2012) to Lasting Peace

"The case study examines the post-election violence of 2007-2008 within a wider historical context of ethnic-based conflict. It reveals the critical role of four groups – male Elders from the Gikuyu and the Kalenjin communities, the National Cohe...

Mauritius and its First Woman President

The appointment of the first woman president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim marked a momentous occasion in the political history of the island. As president of Mauritius, what is her job description as set out in the Constitution if not to upho...

Africa Mediators’ Retreat 2013

"This meeting report provides a summary of the discussions and highlights the issues which emerged during the retreat. The fourth Africa Mediators’ Retreat, which brings together experienced peacemaking actors to discuss conflict-related issues re...

The Prospects of South Africa’s Engagement with ASEAN Countries

Asia's importance in the South African foreign policy is commonly attributed to the level of bilateral relations and increasing trade relations South Africa has with the Asian emerging powers such as China India and Japan to name a few. However it...

Kenya’s Somali North East: Devolution and Security

There is a worrying loss of faith in the capacity of the state, at the core of the security crisis in the North East – and with Kenya in general, whether in centralized or devolved form, to deliver collective security and find a just solution to l...

Somaliland at the Crossroads Protecting a Fragile Stability

The first section of this report examines Somaliland’s political landscape ahead of the next presidential elections. It is looking at weaknesses in the political system and potential areas of instability. Most pressing is the territory’s failure t...

Africa-Brazil Relations in the Context of Global Changes

Several policy recommendations were made in this document with a view to elevating the strategic posture of the Africa-Brazil relations in the context of changes in the balance of power internationally and Africa’s pursuit of strategic partnership...

BRICS Partnership: A Case of South South Cooperation? Exploring the Roles of South Africa and Africa

Currently the global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialized economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the group, and its individual members, to the forefront of international decision-making. ...

Handbook on Kenya's Electoral Laws and Systems: Highlights of the Electoral Laws and System established by and under the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and other Statutes

"The Handbook on Kenya’s Electoral Laws and System provides timely and invaluable one-stop reference to the electoral reforms recently undertaken in Kenya. By relating to international best practices, Conventions and special interest groups in ele...

EISA Annual Report 2009

"EISA’s interventions for 2009 were undertaken in the context of political developments on the continent. These developments included the realisation that democracy in Africa is still fragile as demonstrated by recent political developments in co...

Zambia Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections 20 September 2011

"The Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation (PEMMO) were used as the basis for the election assessment by the EISA mission.At the time of the drafting of this statement, the tabulation and announcement of results were still...

South Africa National and Provincial Elections 22 April 2009

"This report covers the national and provincial elections on 22 April 2009 taking into account the context within which they were organised, and provides a thorough assessment by the mission which includes the findings and analysis of the elector...

Botswana Parliamentary and Local Government Elections 16 October 2009

"This report provides the assessment of the Technical Team of these elections, and includes its observations and analysis regarding pre-election, election and post-election phases. The report also provides the Team’s conclusions and recommendation...

Namibia Presidential and National Assembly Elections 27 and 28 November 2009

"This report has provided a detailed account of the mission’s observation regarding the critical areas of conduct of the 2009 Namibian presidential and National Assembly elections. The overall conclusion of the EISA election observation mission wa...

Voter Registration in Africa A Comparative Analysis

"This publication provides an overview of the various voter registration systems used in Africa. Its aim is to promote the development and awareness of sustainable and cost-effective voter registration models in the future. The knowledge gathere...

Breaking the Conflict Trap in Uganda: Proposals for Constitutional and Legal Reforms

"This policy briefing paper is aimed at identifying key constitutional issues that would inform the constitutional reform process facilitated by civil society organizations in Uganda. The paper benefited from the input of civil society leaders who...

Nigeria's Democracy and the Crisis of Political Instability : An Audit of the Electrical System

"In this lecture, I have tried to look at Nigeria’s electoral system and the consequences on political stability. Unfortunately, I have only done this superficially for reasons which I believe are quite obvious to this very distinguished gathering...

On South Africa’s Intervention on the African Continent: Utopia and myth distinguished

"This policy brief examines South Africa’s role in resolving some of the intricate crises on the African continent. The focus is on the perceived predatory nature of South Africa’s relations with the rest of the continent, and why such relations a...

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