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As institutions mature, they should take stock to gear themselves for the future. Led by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, a process is under way at the African Union (AU) to do just that. How might this this reform drive affect the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s voluntary governance promotion and assessment instrument?
Monday, 27 November 2017

An alternative path for Zimbabwe

Our Chief Executive Elizabeth Sidiropolous spoke to China Global Television Network (CGTN) Liu Xin about a possible presidential impeachment process in Zimbabwe and whether SADC-led mediation would be beneficial if civil unrest were to break out.
Days after Zimbabwe was plunged into political crisis, our Deputy Chair Moeletsi Mbeki spoke to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the timing of the military’s intervention and whether South Africa had any muscle to intervene.
As the dust settles on Kenya’s divisive repeat elections, there is an understandable urge to move forward, to return to a sense of normalcy. Kenya is, after all, the most vibrant economy in the East African region and a bulwark against instability issuing from fragile neighbours.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 166, October 2017
Visiting Bradlow Fellow
Do concepts and definitions matter when the work is already under way?
The recent Open Government Partnership (OGP) High Level Event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly brought sad tidings for OGP in Africa.
Tomorrow, Liberia will hold an election marking its first post-war handover of power. Cited by political analysts as ‘highly unpredictable’, the ballot will reshape Liberia’s political landscape and may have an impact on peace and security, governance, development and economic growth.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 270, September 2017
João Lourenço has become Angola’s first new president in 38 years. Dr Alex Vines of Chatham House explains why a stable DRC is a top priority for the new leader: A stable and predictable Congo is Luanda’s most important international objective.
In the age of Western powers reorganising their priorities in the global arena, along with their diminishing relative economic and political weight, BRICS’ growing influence cannot be denied.
''If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu.''
On 8 August Kenyans head to the polls to elect a president, parliament and local officials. The world will be watching closely as the two main candidates face each other for the second time. Uhuru Kenyatta (55) defeated Raila Odinga (72) in 2013 with 50.5% of the vote against 43.7%. Latest opinion polls agree that this contest will be tight, but differ on who is leading. IPSOS Kenya gauges 47% for Kenyatta and 43% for Odinga. Infotrak has Odinga narrowly ahead: 47% vs 46%. However, given the failures of opinion polls during the Brexit vote and the US Presidential elections…
Paul Kagame has been re-elected as president of Rwanda – a position he has held since 2000.
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to the book launch of 'Fate of the Nation: Scenarios for South Africa's Future' by Jakkie Cilliers.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 264, July 2017
In June, South Africa’s public protector announced there would be a new investigation into the #GuptaLeaks allegations of corruption at the highest levels of government. It’s a symptom of South Africa’s broader problems.
G20 leaders will launch a Compact with Africa as the major new initiative of their 7/8 July summit in Hamburg, Germany.
On 30 June South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, kicked off its week-long policy conference in Johannesburg. Party cadres will meet under the (now ironic) call “The year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Let us deepen unity!” in memory of one of the ANC’s most formidable and respected leaders.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 261, June 2017
In 2016, one of the defining terms when it came to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) political situation was 'le glissement'. Meaning 'slippage', this word was popularly used to refer to President Joseph Kabila’s efforts to stay in office by repeatedly delaying elections The strategy worked. Kabila’s mandate officially ended in December 2016, yet he is still president and there are still no signs of an upcoming vote.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 47, June 2017
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) aims to create societies who hold the governments responsible for ensuring effective and responsive governance structures. Civil society engagement on topics surrounding open governance are direly needed, specifically engagement from a youth lens. Being from a founding member country, South African youth are in a special position to hold their government accountable and voice their opinions surrounding the OGP.
In 1979 Iran underwent an Islamic Revolution, surprising ‘experts’ around the world and transforming its country from a United States-supported monarchy to an Islamic Republic. The ideology of the revolution was rooted in teachings spread by Ayatollah Khomeini. His firm belief in the need for jurists who were experts in Islamic law and could act as guardians of the people came to shape not only the revolution but the new constitution, system of government, and the electoral system.
Sonke Gender Justice and SAIIA researchers Matebe Chisiza and Yarik Turianskyi explore how Rwanda has managed to be the world’s leading example in terms of female representation in politics.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 161, May 2017
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