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Madagascar and SADC: The 15th member?

"In 1997, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) broke its self-imposed moratorium on membership by inviting the newly-created Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Seychelles as the 13th and 14th members. At the time there was specula…

Current trade negotiations and Southern Africa

The trade relationship between SADC member states and SADC’s relationship with the European Union is the focus of this update. A number of Trade negotiations are in progress between southern Africa and its major trading partners. The implementation …

SADC organ: Up for reform

The Southern African Development Community is being restructured into a more cohesive instrument of regional consensus. This reform was mostly driven by Thabo Mbeki who wanted more stability for the region and in that regard trying to salvage the Zi…

Towards the Free Movement of People in Southern Africa

"The purpose of this paper is to seek to analyse the 1995 and 1997 protocols with a view to examine the feasibility of the free movement of people at this juncture of SADC's development. The paper also raises broader questions related to the issue …

SADC Barometer Issue 5 April 2004

This issue focus on food security and agriculture with the following articles: Zambia: Food, agriculture and natural resources; Zimbabwe’s Commercial farming expertise; SADC needs a common land reform policy; The nexus between water security and pov…

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…

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2, September 2004

This volume of eAfrica focuses on AIDS and HIV testing and the risks involved for persons in Africa where HIV status decides the matrimonial status. It also describes new guidelines and standards for campaigns and elections. The last page has an art…

Regional integration in Southern Africa: Comparative International perspectives

"This volume traces the process of Southern African integration, comparing it with international experiences in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Integration in Southern Africa is made difficult not only because of economic differences, but also becau…

New Thinking on the Governance of Water and River Basins in Africa: Lessons from the SADC Region

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region offers useful lessons about governance in transboundary river basins. Given the high number of rivers that cross international political boundaries in the region, combined with the fact that …

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 …

Botswana Electoral System Reform Conference Boipuso Hall, Gaborone, Botswana 14-15 March 2006

"OSISA, EISA and the local partners in Botswana , Emang Basadi and Women’s Caucus came together to provide a forum for all stakeholders in Botswana to discuss existing problems with the electoral system and to make specific recommendations for a par…

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 and …

Managing Democracy: A Review of SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections

"According to this report, democratization in Africa has spurred substantial progress in the electoral process. Party registration laws have been reformed to allow for the registration of more political parties. Electoral institutions are being over…

Election Talk [Zimbabwe]

This newsletter has 3 articles by different authors. Grant Masterson discusses the announcement of interim results and irregularities of the 2005 parliamentary elections. The final results were based on postal returns from all 120 constituencies. Ma…

South Africa in a Southern African context

This document examines future economic co-operation in the Southern Africa region, the impact of the new domestic political dispensation in South Africa on political and economic developments in the sub-continent, and how this process can be managed…

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 de…

Political Parties and Democratisation in the Southern African Development Community Region: The Weakest Link?

"This report sketches out historical and contemporary trends in respect of the internal functioning of political parties in Southern Africa. There is no doubt that political parties play a key role in the democratization process. Furthermore, politi…

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. It also seeks to assess the impact of such public outreach programmes, where these exist, on sustaining…

Summary Paper on Democratic Assistance

"This debate is started off with the examining of the causal relation between political aid and the transition to democracy in Africa. It systematically draws out other arguments on the issue of foreign assistance, democratization and elections. Th…

'The Thought is Father to the Deed' : Questioning the Administration of Elections in SADC

"Two variables shape Electoral Commissions’ health and the contribution they make to deepen democracy : the effectiveness with which they organize elections and help people to make informed choices (the active and responsible participation of ordin…

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