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SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 14, no. 3, 1990

In this issue of the bulletin, Smuts House Notes look at South Africa’s transformation process and how it played a small part in the world-wide upheavals of 1990. The first article by Simon Baynham describes the impact of security and defence pol...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 18

This issue takes a look at the Rhodesian settlement initiatives through firstly looking at the Constitution of Zimbabwe Rhodesia in 1979. It then goes through statements concerning sanctions by the United States, United Kingdom, the Zimbabwe Rhode...

Namibia since Geneva

"The purpose of this paper is to reflect on diplomatic efforts by the Western powers to reach a negotiated settlement of the Namibian saga. Understandably one can only reflect on the major features of what has become a lengthy diplomatic soap o...

The Rhodesian Constitutional dispute: Black majority rule or meritocracy?

Black Africa’s association of colonial rule with special protection of minorities and with refusal to acknowledge the rightful claims of the majority has had unfortunate long-term consequences for whites in Africa. Constitutional proposals reservi...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Lesotho National Assembly Elections 17 February 2007

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA mission to the Lesotho elections of 17 February 2007, including the mission’s observation and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation...

EISA Regional Observer Mission Report: Mozambique parliamentary and presidential elections 1-2 December 2004

"EISA deployed a regional observer mission to the Mozambique parliamentary and presidential elections, which were held on 1,2 Dec 2004. This report is the mission's assessment of the elections and covers the election period: pre-polling and pollin...

Mozambique - A country in transition

Mozambique is being torn apart by its colonial legacy, external aggression, natural disasters and ill-considered economic policies. The two most crucial issues are the political and economic future of the country. With independence, Frelimo ado...

Swapo and 'Unscientific socialism'

This Brief Report examines SWAPO’s constitutional proposals, which will form the basis of its political campaign for the independence elections in Namibia. If SWAPO wins the elections, this will become the constitution and economic policy of the n...

Ballots in place of bullets? Negotiating Mozambique's future

In 1990 the Mozambique government initiated direct talks with the rebel movement Renamo, and restructured the country’s constitution. Representatives from the government and Renamo met in Rome on 10 July and issued a statement that committed both ...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Namibia Country Report

"This report examines how the Namibian parliament engages with the public in its work and, in turn, how civil society actively participates in the legislative process. In order to gain an understanding of these processes, research in Windhoek an...

The National Security Council Meeting in Mogadishu: The Sisyphean Search for Political Agreement in Somalia

The breakdown of relations between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States has crippled the peace and state building initiatives in the country for the last few years. The National Security Council Meeting in Mogadishu presents...

Protection of Rights of Older Persons in South Sudan: Towards Enactment of Legislative Framework

The proportion of older persons in the world is increasing due to the gradual decline in death rates and rise in life expectancy, catching many governments totally unprepared. In South Sudan, the number of older persons was projected to increase b...

Rule of Law and Development in Ethiopia : Now and Twenty Years from Now

"According to democratic thinking, the basis for the relationship that exists between peoples and governments is the social contract that the two parties [freely] enter into. For, after all, the existence of societies and the individuals who const...

Economic and Administrative Implications of the Devolution Framework Established by the Constitution of Kenya

"Decentralisation, as envisaged in the Constitution of Kenya will entail sharing of political, administrative and fiscal responsibilities between the national and the county governments. Political decentralisation involves the transfer of politica...

Horn of Africa Bulletin November-December 2014

The first article in this issue " Peacebuilding through federalism: a road half-travelled in Ethiopia" attempts to discuss the synergy between Ethiopian federalism and its' peacebuilding projects by reflecting on the 20 years of political praxis....

The Importance of Judicial Independence to the Administration of Justice: The Case of South Sudan

This brief discusses the significance of judicial independence to the administration of justice, particularly in the context of South Sudan. While the brief acknowledges that maladministration is inherent in any system of governance world over, it...

Ghana: A Beacon of Hope in Africa

"Focusing on relative internal peace, this brief starts by analysing key aspects of the Ghanaian constitution, which is the anchor of the country’s democracy. This is followed by an examination of the country’s electoral processes, which have been...

The Foreign Policy of Senegal Since 2000

"After President Abdoulaye Wade became president of Senegal in 2000 some apparent changes in Senegalese foreign policy could be discerned. This paper considers the extent to which that policy changed under his administration. It examines signifi...

Legal and Policy Framework for Children’s Rights in Rwanda

This document comprises a brief guide to the institutional, legal and policy framework for the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Rwanda. A strong commitment to children’s rights, was demonstrated in Rwanda, having ratified the UN C...

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