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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…

A Comparative Analysis of Laws & Institutional Regimes on Public Expenditure Accountability in East Africa

In this study the main aim was to examine the extent to which the existing legal and institutional framework in the four East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania incorporates the notion of accountability in…

The IEA Petroleum Transparency and Accountability Index: The PTRAC Index 2012 Report : Tracking Transparency and Accountability in Ghana's Oil and Gas Industry

The management of natural resources such as petroleum can be a blessing or a curse for developing countries. Ghana is fortunate in the sense that in anticipation of being an oil producer, it has learned lessons from countries that have managed thei…

Mauritians Still Trust their Institutions but Think Corruption is Strongly Affecting Them

"Afrobarometer’s latest survey shows that although Mauritians still trust their political institutions, they are increasingly concerned about corruption. In this context, six in 10 (60%) Mauritians said in the latest report by the Independent Commi…

Namibians See Increased Corruption; Business Executives Now Top List of 'Most Corrupt'

"Corruption has yet to gain prominence as a public policy issue in Namibia. Most respondents to the 2014 Afrobarometer survey in Namibia do not rank corruption among the top priorities that the government needs to address. Other surveys rank Namibia…

Capital Flight and Institutional Frameworks to Promote Transparency

"The paper has three main objectives. First it identifies the kind of institutional frameworks at the global, regional and country level which have evolved to address the issues of illicit financial flows. Second, it analyzes the factors that have …

Social Protection in Africa: A Review of Social Protection Issues in Research: Policy and Programming Trends and Key Governance Issues in Social Protection

"The last decade has seen social protection gaining centrality in the development agenda of many African countries. Several factors explain this heightened interest. Firstly, despite evidence of considerable economic growth across the continent, po…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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