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Issues in the Economy and Politics of Swaziland since 1968

The first chapter in this publication covers the social welfare provision in Swaziland. Chapter Two titled Economic and social aspects of Farm Squatters in Swaziland since 1982 examines some broad issues which the Droxford incidence highlighted abou…

Are South Africa's Youth Really a 'Ticking Time Bomb'?

"This paper reviews longitudinal survey data on South Africa’s political culture produced by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (1994-1998) and Afrobarometer (2000-2011) and finds that while there are real problems with democratic citizen…

Youth Political Engagement in South Africa: Beyond Student Protests

"Youth political engagement has again come into focus during ongoing nationwide “fallist” protests led by university students demanding change in South African higher education institutions. In January 2016, the Minister of Higher Education and Trai…

Benchmarking the Role of African Youth in Transitional Justice Processes

The increasing role of African youth in political transformations and conflicts in the African continent is inevitably linked to the demographic reality that Africa is a continent of the Youth. This increasing role is also attributable to the capa…

"Being and Becoming a Peacebuilder": Insights from 20,000 Hours of Youth-Led Dialogues in the Horn of Africa

“Being and Becoming a Peacebuilder” puts forward key insights and resultant recommendations inspired from an analysis of a conflict transformation methodology, called Sustained Dialogue. The Life & Peace Institute has been implementing Sustained Dia…

Promoting Community-based Youth Participation in Peace Building in Niger Delta Region and Policy Implication

By the late 1990s, a mosaic of diverse civil groups including: community-based organizations, environmental rights groups, advocacy groups, ethno-cultural and youth groups had emerged which began to champion the cause of the people in the region. …

Why Education is the Key to Improving Financial Inclusion in Uganda

For the financial system in Uganda to become truly inclusive, financial institutions need to encourage those who face the greatest barriers to engaging with them to do so. Removing these obstacles is more important than providing formal financial s…

Horn of Africa Bulletin, November - December 2020, Volume 32, Issue 2

Countries emerging from violent conflicts or repressive authoritarian rule and seeking to transition into a more peaceful and democratic dispensation, face the inevitable challenge of designing and implementing justice, reconciliation and peacebuild…

Strengthening Youth Participation in Climate-related Policymaking

Increasing meaningful youth participation in policy and decision-making processes in Africa is crucial to ensuring more ambitious climate action and implementation. Youth need to be seen as more than simply beneficiaries and rather as key stakeholde…

How Poor Governance and Corruption Affects the Youth in Kenya

The quest for youth participation in governance, politics and other developmental processes is an increasing global concern. To this end, the UN General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth to the year 2000 and beyond to advance …

Youth Climate Advocacy

Climate change is one of the most significant intergenerational equity challenges of our time. Young people – who currently represent over 50% of the global population – are the generation who will not only be most impacted by climate change, but wh…

#EndSARS Protest: Re-thinking Nigerian Youth and Government Policies

If any countries in the world should take youths and youth development seriously, Nigeria should be high on the list of such countries – Nigeria has one of the largest youth populations in the world, with the youth making up almost 34% (33.65%) of t…

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Youth: Lessons for the Lockdown Generation

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is made up of 16 States: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kingdom of Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Ta…

Juventude (des)Interessada? Perspetivas dos Jovens Sobre a Democracia e a Governança em Cabo Verde / Youth (un)Interested? Young People's Perspectives on Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde

According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (2019), trends with regard to promoting youth integration in Africa are worrying. Considering that in 2019, around 60% of the continent's population was under the age of 25, the socio-economic integration of yo…

Youth Participation in Governance and Effects of Corruption: Policy Gaps Analysis

This brief assesses and analyses policy gaps on the youth participation in governance processes as well how corruption affects the participation. In particular, the brief analyses youth participation, political leadership, political parties, as well…

The Threat of Kenyan Al Shabab Recruits and Returnees: Emphasizing the Soft Approach to Managing 'Home-grown Terror'

This brief explores the question of radicalization, recruitment, and involvement of Kenyan youth in al Shabab’s terror. It examines motivations behind these trends and pathways to recruitment of Kenyan youth by foreign terrorist groups. To stop home…

Youth Submission to the APRM in South Africa 2020/2021

South Africa’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) civil society working group identified nine governance issues to be included in this submission: The first is youth political participation. Despite having a youth population of over 60%, young Sou…

Youth Perspectives on South Africa's Governance Challenges

South Africa joined the APRM, Africa’s voluntary self-assessment tool for promoting good governance, in 2003 and has remained committed to the ideals of the continental instrument since undergoing its first country review in 2007. However, young peo…

Conflict Trends, Issue 1, 2021

Insurgency in Mozambique: The role of the Southern African Development Community is covering the escalating insurgency in Mozambique and the far reaching political, security, humanitarian and cross-border implications. It is in the interests of SADC…

Africa's Diverging Approaches to Youth Inclusion and Participation

Discussions about youth have taken various forms in Africa, as this segment of the population grows exponentially, propelling government responses and policy interventions to meet the needs of young people. A coordinated response requires a shared u…

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