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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, w...

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 tr...

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: ...

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 th...

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...

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 b...

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 leg...

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 go...

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 c...

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 willing...

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 implement...

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 e...

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 ...

Bridging the Gap between Commitment and Capacity

This paper set out to evaluate the extent to which the APRM has emphasised corruption, transparency and accountability to date by analysing the relative frequency of word clusters related to these concepts in the 16 Country Review Reports that are...

Transparency Deficits in the Disclosure of Oil Sector Information in Nigeria

This Policy Brief presents the findings of the Transparency Building Initiative, a project of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency (FOSTER) in Nigeria, implemented by CSEA. FOSTER is a five-year DFID funded project that aims to improve oil sec...

Linking Beneficial Ownership Transparency to Improved Tax Revenue Collection in Developing Countries

This brief thus begins to explore a critical question for governments and civil society: To what extent are current efforts to expand access to information on beneficial ownership likely, in practice, to enhance the ability of low-income countries...

Government of the Republic of South Sudan: Assessment of Public Financial Management based on the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Framework (PEFA)

This study assesses the economic environment surrounding public finance operations of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GSS); the institutions, laws, regulations, and standards used by the government in the PFM process; the budget p...

Avoiding the Resource Curse Dilemma: The Discovery of Oil and Gas in Uganda

Since 2006, Uganda has made several oil and gas discoveries and the government hopes that the development of the sector will transform Uganda from a low-income into an upper middle-income country by 2040 and from a net importer to a net exporter...

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 ...

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 gov...

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