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Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni has extended his 30-year rule of Uganda by at least another five years as a result of his definitive first round electoral victory over his closest rival, Kizza Besigye, who once served as his medical doctor during the bush war against Idi Amin. Besigye has lost the last three elections to Museveni and in 2011 petitioned the Supreme Court, alleging that the results of the elections were rigged. Museveni’s victory was widely anticipated by most political observers inside and outside the country. These are the undisputed facts of the 2016 elections.
In February 2016, Uganda will go to the polls. It is only the country’s third election held since the constitutional restoration of multi-party democracy in 2005 and it is widely expected to be one of the most contentious. How might Uganda’s participation in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) contribute to better elections?
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 188, June 2014
Fishing in Africa represents a significant source of income, particularly at the local community level. We spoke to SAIIA Senior Researcher, Alex Benkenstein, about the state of fisheries in Africa, and priorities for their management.
Volume 20, Issue 2 of SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs, is now out, featuring articles from leading academics on a range of topics relevant to African interests.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 60, November 2012
‘Cui bono?’ or ‘Who benefits?’ is a question often asked by well-known political economist Susan Strange. This was also the guiding question of a recent SAIIA study on the tropical timber trade in Africa’s Great Lakes region. The report, entitled Timber Trade in Africa’s Great Lakes: The road from Beni, DRC to Kampala, Uganda focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers of tropical timber exports from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda.
SAIIA Report No 11, July 2012  Download - English [.pdf] (2.82 MB) Governance of Africa's Resource Programme The report provides a political economy analysis of the trade in tropical timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda via the Northern Transit Corridor. The study focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers for tropical timber exports from the eastern DRC to and through Uganda.
How do we ensure that Africans benefit maximally, equitably and sustainably from the continent's natural resource riches? This is not a new question. Questions about wise and accountable stewardship of earth's resources have long preoccupied both decision-makers and ordinary citizens the world over.
An event co-hosted by SAIIA and ACODE, members of the Governance of Africa's Resources Research Network (GARN)Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
SAIIA Report No 10, March 2012  Download - English [.pdf] (1.14 MB) The report investigates the political impacts that oil is likely to have on Uganda. It argues that oil production will have transformative effects on Uganda's local, national and regional political relations. To better understand these impacts, the report attempts to contextualise oil developments within a historical perspective. Since gaining independence from colonial rule in 1962, Uganda's military forces have played a significant role in politics. This is evidenced by a history of military-led coups, and by the survival in office of several post-independence presidents being dependent on creating…
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…
SAIIA Research Report No 9, October 2011  Download - English [.pdf] (1.22 MB) Lake Victoria supports one of the largest freshwater fisheries in the world. It is a critical source of food and income for the countries bordering the lake: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. However, like so many fisheries, the sustainability of this resource is threatened by poor governance, a rapid increase in fishing pressure and widespread illegal practices. This study focuses on Uganda’s Lake Victoria Nile perch fishery. Nile perch is a highvalue species that dominates Uganda’s fish exports, which are the country’s second largest foreign-exchange earner after coffee.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Petrus de Kock speaking on 'Upheaval in the Nile Basin: a tour from Lake Albert, through Southern Sudan, to Cairo' at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 28, February 2011
This week the citizens of Uganda prepare to go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections on Friday, February 18. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to win comfortably and the National Resistance Movement is likely to maintain its majority in Uganda’s Parliament. But there are a number of wide-ranging talking points linked to these elections.
As published in The New Age, 7 February 2011 In the run-up to Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections – due to start on 12 February – political party promises ring familiar: economic growth and stability through increased production, universal primary education and improved infrastructure. As the campaigning mercury rises, the already marginalised environmental sector slips even lower on politicians’ agenda. Politicians might consider the environment a “soft” issue, yet for the 88% of Ugandans who live in rural areas and who depend directly on the environment and natural resources for their livelihoods, Uganda’s environmental crisis is of paramount concern.
As published in The New Age, 20 January 2011 Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s state visit to South Africa tomorrow shows that he is already looking ahead to next month’s national election, which he is expected to win comfortably. With Uganda’s first oil exports expected to start flowing next year, as well as a growing service sector and significant agricultural potential, opportunities for economic cooperation between South Africa and Uganda is likely to dominate discussions during the two day state visit.
Next month Ugandans will go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. It is an interesting time for a changing of the guard in Parliament, as Uganda will soon be the latest oil-producing country on the continent. Tullow Oil Plc, the London-based company leading oil development in the country, recently increased its figures for proven reserves to 1 billion barrels, representing billions of dollars in potential government revenue.  Already there are concerns over a lack of transparency and government accountability related to oil agreements and revenues. What role is Parliament expected to play in holding the Executive to account…
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 26, December 2010
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) cordially invite you to a scoping workshop entitled “Developing the Capacity of Civil Society to Track the Implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism”, which will take place on 12-13 October 2010 at SAIIA’s head office at Jan Smuts House, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The keynote address will be given by the Minister of Public Service and Administration and South Africa’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Focal Point, the Honorable Minister Richard Baloyi.
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:
South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) & Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) invite you to a conference on ‘Networking for Natural Resource Governance in Africa: Towards a Regional Approach’Venue: Alisa Hotel
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 Occasional Paper, No 37, June 2009
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 7, July 2008 (English)
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 7, July 2008 (French)
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 2, June 2008 (English)
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