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The 2011 Elections in Nigeria: a New Dawn?

"This situation report follows a three-week visit by the author to Nigeria – principally Abuja (the federal capital) and Lagos (the commercial capital) – in March 2011. 'The 2011 presidential, National Assembly, gubernatorial, and State Assembly ele…

Implementing Financial Disclosure in Local Government Public Access to Information

"This policy brief addresses the issue of public access to financial disclosure information, and discusses why public access is critical to monitoring and oversight of potential conflicts of interests in South Africa. It also outlines the key legis…

Fiscal Transparency and Participation in Botswana's Budgetary Process

"The major objective of this proposal is to look at the budgetary process in Botswana in order to assess how that process fits into the new governance paradigm that encourages transparency and participation. A great part of this new approach to good…

Local Autonomy and Citizen Participation in Tanzania: From a Local Government Reform Perspective

"This report analyses data on local autonomy and citizen participation from six councils for the period 2000-2004. The following themes are discussed in this report: (a) good governance (b) accountability and transparency of local leaders to the com…

Transparency in Local Finances in Tanzania, 2003-2009

"Good governance relies on three interdependent characteristics - transparency, accountability and integrity - and at the centre of this three way relationship is the need for accurate and timely information, which, recursively, requires a willingne…

Implementing Financial Disclosure in Local Government Public Access to Information

"This policy brief is the second in a four-part series designed to assist municipal staff and elected councillors in South Africa manage and detect conflicts of interests in public life. The purpose of the series is to support effective implementat…

Looking Beneath the Cloak An Analysis of Intelligence Governance in South Africa

"The governance of the intelligence sector presents a unique set of challenges to democratic governance and the practice of the principles of transparency, accountability and participation. South Africa has experienced a transition to democracy, whi…

Corruption and the Extractive Industries in Africa Can Combatting Corruption Cure the Resource Curse?

"As this paper will argue, corruption in the extractive industries is open to differing perspectives and isolating its significance is not straightforward. Moreover, despite a great deal of rhetoric in fighting corruption and achieving greater tran…

A Lethal Cocktail Exploring the Impact of Corruption on HIV/Aids Prevention and Treatment Efforts in South Africa

"The report shows that corruption and poor oversight are a potentially lethal cocktail when combined with the rapacious AIDS disease. In doing so, it brings the impact of corruption on the poor and marginalised in our society into sharp focus: ou…

Zambia: A shining example of Privatisation?

This update discusses the privatisation process in Zambia during 1991. This seven year programme is widely hailed as 'the success story of Africa' but this process was not always trasparent and above board. The socio-economic impact was greater than…

Towards Understanding South Africa's Differing Attitudes to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Open Governance Partnership

"The paper undertakes a critical assessment of the various motivations behind South Africa’s active participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), as a contrast to the country’s notable absence from the Extractive Industries Transparency In…

Red Flags Ignored: Governance Values and Practices in Africa

"Values are essential to set up normative standards that are indicative of the qualities of governance. This paper describes and analyses trends of governance values and practices in Africa using secondary data. There are positive and negative gover…

Lifting the veil: Exploring the transparency of Canadian companies

"Improving transparency amongst companies and governments has become an important international issue. Transparency is a critical tool that can reduce corruption and improve revenue governance in countries with abundant resources. Information is n…

Transparency in Trade Policymaking: Lessons for South Africa from Australia’s Experiences

Trade policy reform in the form of trade liberalisation is a very important tool for raising living standards and improving a country’s economy. Such reform on its own, however, is likely to be rejected by the public and those sectors that would be …

Is the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Relevant for Reducing Diversions of Public Revenue? The Mozambican Experience

"The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Mozambique (MEITI) is largely irrelevant in preventing diversions of public funds. In Mozambique, these diversions occur on a much greater scale at stages where both the companies (and their for…

What is the Tanzania Governance Noticeboard?

"The Noticeboard’s overall objective is to collect, process and present information relevant to the strengthening of accountability, transparency and integrity in Tanzania. This should empower stakeholders to participate in governance issues for loc…

Enhancing Public Budget Transparency in Botswana

"This policy brief discusses the need to make Botswana’s budget process more transparent. Transparent or open budgets both facilitate and support timely, relevant public access to budget information, enhancing citizen participation in the budgetary …

Raising Mozambique:Development through coal

"Sixteen years of civil war, which ended in 1992, left Mozambique as one of the poorest countries in the world. Still today Mozambique’s human development index ranks the lowest in Southern Africa, with a life expectancy of 52 years and a literacy …

Other Facets no 31

“In this special edition of Other Facets marks our 31st edition since April 2001. We are breaking with our regular format to present a special issue in advance of the Seventh Annual Plenary Meeting of the Kimberley Process in Namibia, in November. I…

A Critique of the De-listing of ZMDC off the European Union Sanctions List

"On 16 September 2013, the European Union announced that Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) would be removed from its list of sanctioned entities, pending formalization by EU Foreign Ministers. According to the statement ZMDC would be al…

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