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Burkina Faso: Land of the Incorruptible Men

This article takes a look at Burkina Faso, the country profile and its people, its recent history as a Frmech colony, the Sankara Regime, its defence, economy, economic planning, social welfare, prospects and problems.

Structural Adjustment in Africa

"Structural adjustment of the economies of tropical African countries was triggered by debt crisis in the early 1980s.Governments had borrowed heavily abroad, and had followed expansionary fiscal policies, on the strength of easy credit terms and...

Ticking Time Bomb or Demographic Dividend ? Youth and Reconciliation in South Africa

"This year’s Reconciliation Barometer report focuses on youth attitudes emerging from round 12 of this nationally representative public opinion survey, conducted annually by the IJR since 2003. Until recently, it has been a challenge to measure an...

Dependency Theory in Southern Africa: Some Aspects of Migrant Labour

“This paper is not an exhaustive discussion of dependency theory as applied to Southern Africa. It is intended to be mainly illustrative of certain theoretical principles and their application in concrete situations and to complement the more pure...

The horn of Africa - old problems and new opportunities

"This Paper attempts to explain the historical, political and economic framework within which the states operate in the Horn of Africa, to identify Superpower involvement there and to shed some light on the region's refugee and other problems. It...

Mozambique: rise of the phoenix?

This brief report describes recent events in Mozambique. The war that erupted in 1980 wrecked the country’s infrastructure and economy. Combined with natural disasters, declining food production, and Renamo’s destruction of the infrastructure, the...

Repercussions: Zambia, Rhodesia and South West Africa

In this report the author is discussing the problems of 3 different countries, namely Zambia, Rhodesia and South West Africa. The slow deterioration of Zambia's economy after their decision to move against Rhodesia is not at an end. Numerous probl...

The Commonwealth in the 21st Century

"The Commonwealth has a number of strengths, among them the very fact that its varied membership, commodities and trans-regional nature prevent it from becoming a vehicle for any narrow interest or fleetingly fashionable ideology. Nevertheless, a ...

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 ...

Malawi: The beginning of the post-Banda era

"Two issues dominate any current debate on Malawi: the question of who is to succeed the octogenarian Life President, Dr Hastings Banda and a fear that further regional instability may cause greater harm to Malawi's already ailing, landlocked eco...

Zambia's diplomacy in disarray

Zambia’s President Chiluba was expected to make positive changes for the good of Zambia. However he has antagonised virtually all of Zambia’s partners and his conduct with regard to foreign affairs can only be described as disastrous. This report ...

Botswana after Sir Seretse Khama

Since Botswana became independent 1966, it enjoyed political stability and adhered to its democratic constitution. No matter who succeeds Sir Seretse, a smooth transition is expected and the new president will probably continue his policies. Du...

Mozambique: a success story continues?

During Mozambique’s multiparty elections in December 1999, FRELIMO won against RENAMO-UE in the presidential and parliamentary elections. RENAMO refused to accept the results, but the Supreme Court declared them valid. Economically, at the end...

Transition in South Africa: The global context and the international role

This paper looks first at the impact which the dramatic changes in the international environment have had on the Southern African region and particularly on the South African political scene in the past few years. It attempts to identify some of t...

The Rhodesian agreement: Aspects and prospects

This document describes aspects and prospects of the Agreement signed in Salisbury on 3 March, 1978, which marked a milestone towards majority rule in Rhodesia. The Agreement was a remarkable achievement, because the negotiating parties succeeded ...

Zimbabwe's Turmoil. Problems and prospects

"Chapter 1 by Brian Kagoro analyses the emergence of effective opposition politics within Zimbabwe against a background of deepening crisis. He identifies the continuity of the themes of violence and fraud that have been endemic to the country’s p...

Southern Africa's economies: Figures and trends

With a backdrop of growing regional instability and the ongoing threat of a violent change of leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe and Lesotho, questions have been posed about the economic fundamentals in South and South...

Angola's Pathology

"Africa's arc of crisis, a string of contiguous conflicts from the Horn to the Atlantic, is a serious obstacle to the continent's renaissance. While Sierra Leone and Liberia illustrate the destructive effects of external economic rivalries in acce...

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