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US Response to African Crises : An Overview and Preliminary Analysis of the ACRI

"Africa does need assistance in the realm of conflict management and peace operations, and the ACRI is no doubt motivated by a well intentioned desire to do something about this. But Africans need to define the type of assistance they require very c…

Early Warning and Conflict in Africa

"This paper has focused on a number of challenges that could be confronted in the project to establish an OAU Early Warning system for the prevention and management of conflict situations. It has also indicated that it is an idea with specific relev…

SADC Barometer Issue 4, January 2004

The main focus of this issue is the role of civil society in the European Union and conflict management in Africa and the elections in SADC region. Other articles include Zimbabwe’s resignation from the Commonwealth, the support of the private secto…

Lesotho's 2007 General Elections Towards a Constructive Management of Post-Election Disputes

"The primary goals of the conference were to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the causes of and sustainable solutions to post-election disputes in Lesotho following its 2007 poll. To provide a regional forum on strategies and methodologies for …

Democratic Consolidation in SADC Botswana's 2004 Elections

"The study of the 2004 general elections in Botswana was aimed at analyzing the process of democratic consolidation in Africa's longest surviving and stable political system. In this respect, the attention falls on six areas : the impact of the elec…

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 6

"This election update comprises several articles, written by several authors. Chris Landsberg wrote about the 2004 Election Campaign. Tito Pitso wrote about the Management of election-related conflicts. Sydney Letsholo discussed political violence,…

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 Orga…

Election Update 2004 Malawi No 3

"The report unequivocally highlights concern on the inadequecy of the MEC’s performance and the lack of public confidence and trust in the body. Among other issues,the report identifies the lack of a level playing field during the campaign period ar…

Political Parties Programme Handbook

"This handbook is intended to provide information about political parties. It aims to enhance political parties’ knowledge and skills on how to participate effectively in the democratisation process. This handbook therefore contains comprehensive a…

Promoting Intra-Party Democracy 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 with…

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 with…

Strengthening Political Party Representatives in Namibia: Training manual

"This manual is meant to facilitate a tailor-made training workshop for political parties in Namibia in their efforts to better understand and appreciate the provisions of the electoral law. It is also meant to assist in unpacking and understanding…

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Political Parties in the SADC Region Through Public Outreach programmes: Focus on Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zambia

"The study seeks to examine whether or not political parties have public outreach programmes and how they develop and implement these programmes. The study also seeks to assess the impact of such public outreach programmes, where these exist, on su…

Election Update 2006 Republique Democratique du Congo No 1

This paper examines the pre electoral political setting of the July 2006 elections in the DRC. Some of the key issues discussed are as follows: Transition to Democracy, The Peace Process,History of Elections,Preparedness of the EMB, Preparedness of…

EISA Annual Report 2005

" The executive director stated that: in 2005 EISA opened a short term field office in Burundi to support the electoral process in this central African country which went through more than a decade long civil war. EISA successfully provided technica…

2004 EISA Annual Report

"The executive director stated: 2004 EISA opened a short term field office in Burundi to support the electoral process in this central African country which went through more than a decade long civil war. EISA successfully provided technical suppor…

EISA Annual Report 2006

This annual report discussed the following issues; Chairperson's message, the section on programme reviews examined the following issues : elections, political processes, conflict management, electoral education, balloting and electoral services, in…

Managing Conflict Over Natural Resources in Greater Kordofan, Sudan: Some Recurrent Patterns and Governance Implications

"Despite the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which brought to an end 20 years of civil war in the Sudan, this country continues to experience smaller-scale conflicts, particularly around access to and control of natural resources. Some observers…

Dangers of splitting a fragile rentier state: Getting it right in Southern Sudan

"The anticipated January 2011 independence referendum in Southern Sudan with its possibility of inaugurating a new state in Africa has engaged and excited local, regional and international attention in recent time. It is not surprising that most co…

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 establ…

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