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The Proposed SADC Parliament Old Wine in New Bottles or an Ideal Whose Time has Come?

"This study explores whether in approving the establishment of the SADC PF as a consultative assembly, the Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government (Summit) consciously envisaged the establishment, in the long term, of a regional parliament wi…

Angola: Parallel Governments, Oil and Neopatrimonial System Reproduction

"This paper discusses several aspects of failure and resilience in the Angolan state. Reforms in Angola are more a reflection of the need to adapt to change as a means to maintain control of the state. Although the MPLA understands that change is in…

South Africa and the United States in a Post-Bush Era

As South Africa faced its own transition of national leadership, its leaders were tasked with dealing with a new administration in Washington, DC, following the United States' national elections due in November 2008.

The Regional Dimension to the United States of Africa ‘Grand Debate’

"Of increasingly pressing importance is the question of the regional or subregional dimensions of building a pan-African continental political community. This question came to a head at the last heads-of-state summit of the African Union (AU) in Ac…

Johannesburg, Africa's World City: A Challenge to action - Executive summary

"The key theme of this series of path-breaking reports has been to focus stake- holders’ attention on the enormous impact of globalisation and the associated challenges facing South African cities. After decades of insular attention to race and apar…

Somalia: The Transitional Government on Life Support

"Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) has squandered the goodwill and support it received and achieved little of significance in the two years it has been in office. It is inept, increasingly corrupt and hobbled by President Sharif’s wea…

Mapping the Road to Peace in Burundi: the Pretoria Sessions

"From 8 October to 2 November 2003 South African peace-brokers finally succeeded in helping the Transitional Government of Burundi (TGoB) and the rebel Forces for the Defence of Democracy- Forces for Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) reach agreement…

Dealing with Winner takes All Politics in Ghana : The Case of National Development Planning

"During 2011, the Constitution Review Commission (CRC), recommended a national development plan that should be entrenched in the constitution and binding on successive governments. While the government accepted the need for a long-term plan, the rec…

Using M&E to Improve Government Performance and Accountability

The policy- and decision-making environment is inherently political – both party political in terms of achieving an electoral mandate, and in terms of organisation politics and the political economy of the country. This leads to webs of power and in…

The Challenge of Prioritisation and Alignment in Public Sector Planning and Implementation - Literature Review

The aim of this research is to undertake a literature review focusing on two areas: Approaches, processes and tools that could support more effective plan prioritisation and budget alignment; and The utilization of monitoring and evaluation systems…

Report from the Scoping Mission by the Twende Mbele Programme to Niger: Scoping Mission Report: Niger

The Twende Mbele program scoping mission in Niger was conducted under favorable conditions and provided a synoptic view of the country's monitoring and evaluation system. It has yielded satisfactory results as relates to the terms of reference, and …

Analytical Capacity for Improved Prioritisation and M&E

This analytical capacity is a function of a range of factors, including the supply of strong technical expertise in various fields in the education and professional system; a function of the extent to which this expertise is then located within th…

Capacité Analytique pour une Priorisation Ameliorée et un S & E / Analytical Capacity for Improved Prioritisation and M & E

This policy brief considers the following questions: (1) What exactly is meant by “improved analytical capacity” in different planning and M&E environments? (2) What kind of capacity to do what kind of analysis is required? (3) How can countries go …

Challenges of Project Implementation in Local Government: The Case of Francistown City Council and Kweneng District Council

Botswana is faced with many challenges of project implementation. Since independence detailed projects and programmes were initiated, with limited and often less developed state capacity to implement them. This study focuses on challenges of project…

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