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The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul General,Mr Chris Trott and Dr Ola Bello, Head of SAIIA's Governance of Africa's Resources Programme, Cape Town  on'Crucibles of Instability: Mali and Guinea Bissau in the context of evolving insecurities in the SAHEL region' atThe Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm     Light refreshments will be served before the event Please RSVP to saiia.admin@telkomsa.net or call Pippa on 083 305 2339…
31 January 2013: Islamist insurgents retreating from Timbuktu recently set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, according to the Saharan town's mayor, in an incident he described as a "devastating blow" to world heritage. SAIIA's Dr. Oladiran (Ola) Bello speaks with Voice of Russia's Yekaterina Kudashkina on why the insurgents have burnt these ancient Muslim manuscripts. Listen to the interview [Duration: 5min 45sec]
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 Arab Spring brought about regime change in three African states – Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Popular uprisings in other states — Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Morocco and Swaziland — underscored growing public dissatisfaction about the state of governance in their countries. These events served as a re-confirmation that African citizens will not tolerate oppressive and authoritarian rule. However, short of taking to the streets, when societies believe that the ballot box will serve to subvert rather than validate their concerns, does Africa have other tools to advance governance reforms in the region, hold politicians accountable and…