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This year’s elections in Zimbabwe may well prove to be a watershed for the Southern African country but as the elections move ever closer, the outcome appears less and less certain.
Increasingly assertive in continental politics and highly visible in a number of key global regulatory frameworks for the extractive sector, observers continue to wonder why South Africa (SA) remains conspicuously absent from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). This year marks the tenth anniversary of the framework as it does the Kimberley Process, another high-profile international regulatory scheme in which South Africa plays an instrumental role in preventing conflict minerals from entering the international diamonds supply chains through certification.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -  As the leaders of the African Union gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the continental organisation’s 50th anniversary, more than 46 civil society organisations deliberated on the present state of governance in Africa, by placing the continent’s premier governance mechanism, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), under the microscope.  
Built in 1961 by the Ethiopian government, Africa Hall continues to stand today as a monument of African unity. A stained glass window in the lobby created by Ethiopia’s most well-known artist Afewerk Tekle depicts Africans of yesterday, today and tomorrow in their struggle for freedom and progress. It is in this hall that 32 Heads of State and Government of the newly independent states of Africa met on 25 May 1963 to sign the Organisation of African Unity Charter resulting in the formation of the Organisation African Unity (OAU).
One of the highlights of the upcoming 21st Summit of the African Union (AU) is the 50th anniversary of the founding in 1963 of its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 2013. This occasion will be celebrated under the theme of ‘Pan Africanism and the African Rennaissance’, providing a fitting moment to reflect on Africa’s achievements and shortcomings under the aegis of the OAU since 1963, and the AU since 2002.
The conference report is now available from the Civil Society Colloquium "The APRM +10: Reviewing a decade of Peer Learning and Projecting a Future of Governance in Africa", which took place 17-18 May 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013

Latin America after Chavez

The South African Institute of International Affairs hosts a Speaker’s Meeting addressed by Dr Lyal White, Founding Director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets (CDM) and Senior Lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria on  Latin America after Chavez
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Nadège Compaoré  “Access to Information in the South African Extractive Sector: International Initiatives and National Bills” atThe Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Monday 18th March 2013 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm Light refreshments will be served before the event Please RSVP to or call Pippa on 083 305 2339 Entrance for non-members is R30 or R15 on presentation of a current student identity card. Parking is freely available on Hatfield Street.   Event…
Wireless communication and social media platforms have provided citizens with previously unimaginable possibilities to engage politically. For example, during the 2012 United States presidential elections, the Barack Obama campaign launched a smartphone app so users could register, donate and link up with like-minded supporters.
The presidential elections in Kenya on 4 March will test the progress Kenyan society has made towards peace and stability after the highly contested and violent elections of 2007. The elections are taking place in an environment of uncertainty. A number of key political contenders face International Criminal Court (ICC) charges for their alleged role in the displacement, torture, persecution and killing of civilians in the aftermath of the 2007 elections.
2013 is a landmark year for governance in Africa. The continent’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) marks its 10th anniversary, while the Organisation of African Unity/African Union (OAU/AU) celebrates its 50th birthday.
Event description: The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr Boy Geldenhuys "Inside Syria and Egypt After the Arab Spring" atThe Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Thursday 7 February 2013 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm Light refreshments will be served before the event Entrance for non-members is R30 or R15 on presentation of a current student identity card.  Parking is freely available on Hatfield Street.   Event Background Dr Barend Leendert (Boy) Geldenhuys (D.Litt. et Phil: B.Th) studied at the universities…
On the eve of the 2013 Mining Indaba, resource nationalism remains a serious investment risk which threatens both foreign investors and resource-producing states alike. With growing attention devoted to the subject, it appears that assertive resource-exporting countries in Africa risk alienating international capital. In newly resource-rich states and older producers alike, some proposals ostensibly aimed at maximising society’s benefits from resource extraction have spooked investors. Much discussion at the Indaba this week will touch on the disparate experiences often termed resource nationalism, but it is worth reflecting on what the term really means.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 134, January 2013
In 2013, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) celebrates its 10th 2013. SAIIA's Yarik Turianskyi speaks to Kojo Busia, Chief of UNECA's APRM Support Section, ahead of the January African Union Summit and APRM Forum about the mechanism's past, present and future. Download the podcast [Duration: 11min 40sec]
Volume 19, Issue 3 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.
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.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Roundtable Discussion on Sustainable Prosperity: New Challenges for Natural Resource Governance Theory in Africa Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 Time: 09h00-16h00 (Registration 08h30 to 08h50) Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg Parking: Parking is available on both sides of Jan Smuts House and the surrounding area
SAIIA Western Cape Branch hosts a public seminar to be addressed by Professor Laurie Nathan on  "The Sacking of the SADC Tribunal"Venue: The Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town
How much difference does one year make? In September 2011, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Africa Governance, Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP) jointly launched a report examining governance in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, through the prism of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The report was entitled Implementing the APRM: Views from Civil Society: Lesotho Report. 
Minerals as a catalyst for growth and development was the key focus of the Eighth African Development Forum, 23-25 October 2012. Under the title 'Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development', the meeting sought to highlight the role that Africa’s natural resources can play in the continent’s economic transformation and socio-economic development.
Young Southern African professionals and their institutions were invited to Gauteng from 22 October to 2 November 2012, to participate in an intensive training programme designed to support the development of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Mr Brooks Spector on "The US election -- how the victor won and what it may mean for the US and the world".
7 November 2012: Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney by reassembling the political coalition that boosted him to victory four years ago. By remaking himself from a hopeful united into a determined fighter for middle-class interests. Obama, the nation's first African American president, scored a decisive victory by stringing together a series of narrow ones. Of the election's seven major battlegrounds, he won at least six. Dr Scott Firsing, a SAIIA Bradlow Fellow and a senior lecturer in international studies at Monash University,  discusses the implications of a second term for…
5 November 2012: On the eve of the elections in the United States of America, SAIIA's Dr. Scott Firsing provides some insights on the possible future of US foreign policy, and particularly US relations with Africa, for Voice of Russia. [Duration: 6min 11sec] Watch the video
The African Development Forum (ADF) is a biennial event hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with the AU Commission, the African Development Bank, and other partners. The theme of the eighth ADF, concluded recently in Addis Ababa on 23-25 October 2012, was “Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development.” The forum focussed on key natural resource sectors on the continent, namely mining, forestry, fisheries and land.
Monday, 08 October 2012

The situation in Libya

9 October 2012: Libya's parliament ousted the country's new prime minister in a no-confidence vote on Sunday, the latest blow to hopes that political factions could agree on a government charged with restoring stability after last year's civil war. Mustafa Abushagur was the first prime minister to be elected after the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moammar Gaddafi. Yekaterina Kudashkina from the global broadcaster Voice of Russia speaks to SAIIA researcher Tom Wheeler to hear his analysis of the prospects for Libya's future, in light of these recent developments. [Duration: 9min 14sec] Watch the video