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SAIIA Occasional Paper No 239, September 2016
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to proclaim independence in 1957, and also the first to complete a governance review in 2005 under the APRM (African Peer Review Mechanism). Ghana ran one of the most transparent and inclusive processes on the continent, and this has spurred important reforms. As South Africa prepares to embark on its second review, it can learn important lessons from the Ghanaian experience.
The South African Institute of International Affairs was proud to host a public lecture with Prominent Ghanaian academic Professor SKB Asante and Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, deputy chairperson of the APRM Panel of Eminent Persons, on 8 September 2014. A video interview with the experts present is now available.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 194, July 2014
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 188, June 2014
The governance of Africa's natural resources continues to be a heatedly discussed topic. Alex Benkenstein, a senior researcher with SAIIA, speaks with leading researchers about their views on the key issues that need to be addressed to achieve effective governance of Africa’s natural resources. Watch the video [Duration: 8min 16sec] Download the podcast [Duration: 9min 41sec]
The nationalisation of resources has been the subject of heated debate in recent months, both within Africa and beyond. Abroad, the Canadian government’s recent refusal to accept a foreign buy-out of a locally-owned gas exploration company has raised eyebrows. At home, emotive exchanges over the possible nationalisation of the mining sector have dominated the public discourse in the run-up to Mangaung.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 55, August 2012
An event co-hosted by SAIIA and ACODE, members of the Governance of Africa's Resources Research Network (GARN)Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
A new book released by the South African Institute of International Affairs and published by Jacana Media examines the governance success stories of a number of African states. Entitled "African Solutions: Best Practices from the African Peer Review Mechanism", the book is the outcome of research into the policies, programmes and experiences identified as "best practices" from the first 12 countries that published Country Review Reports (CRRs) under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). These countries are Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. The APRM was conceived as a voluntary mechanism…
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a seminar organised by the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme on “From Global Energy Dependence to Local Economic Independence” Date:        21 September 2010 Time:       08h30 (Registration), for 09h15 Venue:     Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand RSVP:      Nosiphiwo Msitweni, by 15 September 2010  Tel:          021 422 0717 Email:
As Ghanaians prepare in excitement for the breaking ground of their first oilfield, the Jubilee oilfield, concerns are raised over how well poised it is to harness the development that will accrue from oil revenues. The Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel, dubbed the “Kwame Nkrumah” in honour of the renowned Ghanaian politician and thinker, began its six week voyage from Singapore last week.
The conference will bring together participants from local and regional think tanks, academics, MPs, government, corporate and international experts to present comparative perspectives on natural resource governance in Africa. Lessons may be learned from the governance of oil and other extractive industries, such as mining and timber, from Ghana, South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan.
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 14, January 2010
Will commercial oil production (due to begin later this year) build or break the back of Ghana’s democracy? This may seem an unnecessarily inflammatory question, but history demonstrates that healthy caution is necessary in managing oil revenues. Ghana, however, has made history by hosting a series of free and fair elections in recent years. Twice the opposition party has won and the incumbent has stepped down in a display of due respect for democracy. This is groundbreaking progress as less than a handful of African countries have attained such a benchmark of democratic consolidation.
South African Institute of International Affairs invites you to a workshop on ‘Is effective political opposition emerging in Africa?’ Encouraging signs of democratic consolidation can be seen across the African continent. This is particularly evident in the raft of peaceful, free, fair and legitimate elections that are increasingly the norm. Moreover, a key test of democratic consolidation has been passed in that a number of African governments have been peacefully and legitimately elected out of power, or have been forced to share power via the ballot box.Venue: Jan Smuts House
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 34, June 2009 (English)
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) aims to promote 'good governance' in Africa, through systematic reviews of a state's governance practices and subsequent recommendations, made by the APRM's Panel of Eminent Persons in each report, on how to improve them. Deliberately styled as a 'peer review', it encourages representatives from different African countries (and ultimately an assembly of the participating Heads of State - the APR Forum), to interrogate each country's problems and to propose solutions.
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 28, March 2009 (English)
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 19, February 2009
Two weeks ago, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi announced, out of the blue, that the drafting phase in the South Africa process for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) would start this coming Wednesday and end in November.
The SAIIA Country Report series, published in 2001 and 2002, includes a detailed look at various countries in Africa and beyond.  In exploring the political economies of these countries, the report series touches on many critical issues relating to international relations, including conflict and security and international diplomacy.
On 12-13 September 2006, SAIIA hosted a major international conference on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg. The conference – entitled APRM Lessons Learned: A Workshop for Civil Society, Practitioners and Researchers – assessed how the APRM has unfolded in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritius and South Africa.
eAfrica, Volume 2, April 2004 AT LEAST 10 African countries are scheduled to hold presidential or parliamentary elections between April and December — ballots that could affirm the maturing of democratic practice on the continent and mark a critical turning point in the political evolution of key states.
eAfrica, Volume 2, April 2004 WITH a stroke of chutzpah or very bad timing, the government of Ghana has provoked a feud with civil society organisations just as Accra becomes the first to fall under the lens of the African Peer Review Mechanism.
Friday, 25 April 2008

Development Diaries

eAfrica, May 2005MOROCCO, 1960s. The four-year-old US Agency for International Development is aggressively promoting a chicken improvement project in central Morocco. It has determined that Moroccan chickens (like Moroccan cows, goats, and sheep) are scrawny, under-nourished, and under-productive. If Moroccan chickens were to be improved, more chicken meat and more eggs would be available for less money; people would eat more healthily and producers would make more money. All of this makes sense, and everyone, including the Moroccan government approves of the project. Thousands of baby chicks (Rhode Island Reds, I recall), along with a number of poultry experts are…
Ghana's New National Patriotic Party government is facing a keenly awaited political contest in December when Ghanaians go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament. But Ghana's robust economic growth over the past four years under President John Kufuor's leadership is the government's trump card.
Ghana has emerged as the hub for SA companies seeking to do business in West Africa. This is at the expense of the larger Nigeria, which is still seen as a risky investment destination, and Côte d'Ivoire, which descended into civil war two years ago.
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