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Guinea: The Main Challenges of the New President

"The aim of this policy brief is to draw attention to some of the main challenges that the newly elected president of Guinea will face, and to formulate policy recommendations in view of addressing these challenges. For the first time since it...

SADC Barometer Issue 6

This SADC Barometer focus on the elections in the SADC states and contains the following articles: SA Elections: A Blueprint for SADC? Electoral Norms and Standards. More Women in Politics. Red and Green Cards for SADC.This article explores t...

The New Partnership for Four Years of a Promising Attempt or Hollow Optimism?

"This paper provides an overview of development programmes that have been experimented with on the African continent, and aims to identify the differences between such programmes and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The paper ...

Peace and Security through Good Governance A Guide to the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism

"This paper is focused on the political and governance component of NEPAD peer review. Hunger, poverty, HIV/AIDS and lack of development in Africa are in the first instance political and governance issues. Both economic and corporate governance t...

AIDS, Security and Governance in Southern Africa Exploring the Impact

"By undermining health and the development of human capital, it is widely acknowledged that HIV/AIDS will increasingly undermine the foundations of human and economic development, although the details of this impact are as yet poorly understood....

Local Government Finances and Financial Management in Tanzania Empirical Evidence of Trends 2000 - 2007

"The main objective of this paper is to document and analyse the impacts of Tanzanian local government reforms. This paper examines the capacity of local government authorities in Tanzania with respect to financial management and revenue enhanceme...

The African Peer Review Mechanism at country level: Views from Kenya

"In Kenya, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) began well. In 2006 the country became the third African state to be peer reviewed and thus one of the APRM pioneers. But neither government nor civil society championed the implementation of t...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 6 No 1

This paper features 4 articles. The first article attempts to assess the universal theme of 'confession' as it appears in two Anglo-Indian novels, namely A.K. Naryan's The Guide and B.Bhattacharya's He Who Rides a Tiger. In the second article the ...

Socio-economic Problems Facing Africa: Insights from six APRM Country Review Reports

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) tries to identify both problems facing participating countries and solutions to these problems. This paper seeks to identify common socio-economic development problems revealed in six African countries th...

Natural Resource Governance, Boom and Bust: The Case of Kolwezi in the DRC

"This paper considers the effects of the successive booms and busts in the mining industry and the commodity markets on the management of natural resources in Kolwezi. It focus on the commodities boom that ran from 2004–2008, and the bust that beg...

China and Africa's Natural Resources: The Challenges and Implications for Development and Governance

"This paper proposes to analyse China’s growing engagement in Africa’s mineral sector and assess its impact on local governance. China’s energy concerns have been playing an increasingly crucial role in its foreign policymaking in the new centur...

Digging Deep for Profits and Development? Reflections on Enhancing the Governance of Africa’s Mining Sector

"Africa’s wealth in mineral resources has seldom been used to the benefit of the inhabitants of the countries concerned. More often it has provided an area of contestation between governments, multinational mining companies, local communities and ...

Forest Governance in Africa

"This paper sets out to provide an overview of key forest governance issues across the African continent. Due to limitations of length, it focuses particularly on the experiences in western, central and, to a lesser extent, eastern subregions of t...

The APRM's Economic Governance and Management Standards: What Civil Society Should Look For

Civil society research and advocacy groups dedicated to safeguarding the rights of citizens, may find an unexpected opportunity to monitor their own governments through the APRM process. This paper argues that, in a democratic state, citizens have...

What's Urdu for Biltong? Can South Africa Help Pakistan?

"Following its democratic turn in 1994, Nelson Mandela wrote the year previously, the second pillar of South African foreign policy would be the principle ‘that just and lasting solutions to the problems of humankind can only come through the prom...

Strategies for Effective Policy Advocacy: Demanding Good Governance in Africa

"This study is based on a research project carried out as part of the Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). This study attempts to distil lessons learned by a...

External engagement experiences from Ghana and Mozambique

"The two case studies in this report, Ghana and Mozambique, are poor countries with low human development indicators, who have experienced substantial political turmoil since their independence. Ghana witnessed a number of military coups, while M...

Dialogue on Political Parties and Governance in the SADC region: Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland and Zimbabwe

"The workshop had an impact on two levels, first it allowed parties with different origins and capacities,levels of development and political cultures to exchange experiences and to share the challenges they face in their respective countries. Th...

Challenges for Democratic Governance and Human Development in Africa - EISA Annual Symposium - Wanderers Club Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa 8-10 November 2006

"The overall goal of the symposium initiative was to provide a dialogue forum from various stakeholders on critical issues that affect Africa's developmental and democratic prospects. The specific goals were to: generate debate around democracy an...

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The discussion begins with a fairly comprehensive survey of electoral democracy in the region with special reference to the selected countries. Section 2 chronicles the workings of various electoral systems in these countries and their impact on ...

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