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Perceptions of western attitudes to South Africa three views

"The three articles in this paper are the texts of addresses to three separate meetings of a study group on the politics of perceptions, held at Jan Smuts House on 26 November 1981, 26 January 1981 and 24 March 1982. They present the views of a We…

Local democracy and human security in Ethiopia: structural reasons for the failure of democratisation

"This report builds on the evidence and findings of our book and provides several examples of how elections were manipulated at a local level. It concludes that these examples are not insulated events. They are part of a political structure that al…

Chile and South Africa lessons and opportunities arising from political and economic transition

This report describes parallels of economic and political change in South Africa and Chile, and the development of forward-looking strategies to deal with these. Chile and South Africa have similar pasts. Both countries are ‘middle powers’, loca…

Re-envisioing Gender Justice in African Customary Law through Traditional Institutions

"Securing gender justice – gender equality – between the sexes in a cultural milieu elicits much debate among policymakers, human rights activists and traditional institutions. This paper discusses the attempts that have been made to protect the rig…

Understanding Terrorism in Africa: Building Bridges and Overcoming the Gaps

"The sub-theme of the seminar, ‘building bridges and overcoming gaps in the understanding of terrorism in Africa’, was one of the recommendations reached at the first seminar held in Benoni, South Africa, in November 2006. It posits that, in order…

The Winds of Change Mark II

"State President FW de Klerk's opening address to Parliament is remarkable in several respects- Coming as it did in the wake of breathtaking events in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe it takes on special salience. Perestroika and Glasnost came so…

Security Sector Reform in Zimbabwe What, Why and How?

"The formation of the new inclusive government provides an opportunity for considering fundamental reforms in the provision of security and justice services to the people of Zimbabwe. Over the past ten years, the Zimbabwean security sector has incr…

Assessment of Country Progress in CSO Enabling Environment in Tanzania

The current report is an assessment of the progress made by Tanzania in implementing the Busan Commitments on creating enabling environment for Civil Society Organisations. Specifically, the assessment analyses the extent to which the rights and f…

Civil Society in the Digital Age in Africa: Identifying Threats and Mounting Pushbacks

The digital age has created immense opportunities to enhance civic engagement by creating new frontiers for the exercise of freedom of association and peaceful assembly. These rights are recognised in seminal human rights instruments including artic…

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