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Thursday, 17 April 2008

SADC Barometer

THIS PROJECT IS NOW CLOSED.This two-year SAIIA project, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), produced a quarterly publication, the SADC Barometer, which monitored regional integration in Southern Africa.
Edited by Richard Gibb, Tim Hughes, Greg Mills & Tapani VaahtorantaSAIIA: 2002ISBN: 1-919810-44-7 Pages: 214The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has, in the few short months since its drafting in Abuja in October 2001, become the accepted blueprint for the recovery of a continent dismissed by The Economist as ‘hopeless’. The ambitious programme has been adopted by the African Union and is supported by the G-8, thus establishing, in principle, the basis for the ‘partnership’ that conceptually sets NEPAD apart from the 18 African recovery plans that have preceded it.
By Neuma Grobbelaar, Greg Mills and Elizabeth SidiropoulosSAIIA: 2003ISBN: 1-919810-50-1Pages: 112The end of Angola’s decades-long civil war in April 2002 has provided Angolans with an opportunity to rebuild their war-ravaged country. As Africa’s second-largest oil producer and the world’s fourth largest producer of diamonds, Angola has the potential to be a powerful economic force in Southern Africa. It has long been a military power, not shy in using its martial abilities both within and outside its borders.
By Mark ShawSAIIA: 2002ISBN: 1-919810-50-1 Pages: 70A number of countries in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe which have undergone a transition from authoritarian rule to democracy in the last two decades have experienced similar problems of lawlessness. Not only have levels of crime increased but comparable problems of policing and law enforcement exist, such as the spread of corruption within law enforcement agencies, excessive levels of police brutality, the loss of public confidence in the police and the growth of non-state forms of policing.
The 15th AU Summit The theme of the 15th African Union Summit in Kampala, Uganda (19-27 July 2010) is “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”, but Africa’s ongoing conflicts and challenges will also be discussed. The 13th African Peer Review Mechanism Forum meets on 24 July – observers expect some indication of the future direction of Africa’s main governance monitoring process.
The Minister of Public Service and Administration, Richard Baloyi,addressing the audience at a scoping workshop held at SAIIA, ‘Developing the Capacity of Civil Society to Track the Implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).’ on 12 October 2010  See his speech here.
In this report, the second in the NEPAD POLICY FOCUS series published by SAIIA's Nepad and Governance Project, Peter Farlam draws lessons from the experience of implementing public-private partnerships.
Reality is a hard taskmaster. It can be the spoiler of grand ideals, but also the voice of reason. Within two weeks of each other, the European Union and the African Union held their mid-year summits: the former hoped to save some elements of its stalled constitutional process; the latter envisaged the edifice of continental government. The outcomes of both were compromises ... as is the habit of summits.
STRONG CRITICISM of the methods used by South Africa in implementing the African Union's Peer Review Mechanism processes as part of the ambitious Nepad (New Partnership for Africa's Democracy) initiative was voiced at a workshop which discussed the "lessons learned" during the APRM reviews of the first four countries. The workshop, conducted by the South African Institute of International Affairs, one of the technical research organisations engaged by the SA government for the country's APRM process, at Muldersdrift near Johannesburg in September.
SAIIA's Global Best Practice report series, produced in 2005 and 2006, offers case studies of various sectors and issues, with the aim of assessing their potential applicability in the African developmental context.
IN THEIR first referendum since 1963, Kenyans took to the polling booth in November to vote on a new constitution. The result was a resounding 'no' vote that was both stinging rebuke to incumbent president Mwai Kibaki and a sign of intensifying political conflict.
In her inaugural address, Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos looked at how Africa is evolving and how the continent needs to have an open and frank self-assessment to meet its challenges head-on.TAKING AFRICA SERIOUSLY FROM WITHIN AND WITHOUTElizabeth SidiropoulosInaugural Address, SAIIA20 October 2005
As published in Business Day WHILE there was great anticipation about the results for Africa at the Gleneagles summit, perhaps the release of Ghana and Rwanda’s African peer review reports will prove more significant. If the deficiencies highlighted are addressed, this will hold greater promise for African accession to the global economy.
By Phillip Armstrong with Nick Segal and Ben Davis SAIIA: 2005 ISBN: 1-919969-26-8 Published by SAIIA and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Series editor: Elizabeth Sidiropoulos The Global Best Practice series examines a number of case studies in various sectors, with the aim of assessing their potential applicability in the Africa developmental context.
Monday, 14 February 2005

Nepad Policy Focus

The Nepad Policy Focus report series, launched in December 2004, identifies key priorities for Africa, stimulates innovative thinking, and tackles critical elements of the Nepad agenda to promote public debate about the continent's future.
Business Day, 21 October 2004British-based human rights interest group Amnesty International has accused Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu (PF) party of exploiting the current food insecurity to its advantage. In its report, Zimbabwe: Power and Hunger Violations of the right to food, Amnesty International is arguing that a large part of the Zimbabwean population has gone hungry due to 'discrimination and corruption'.
Business Day, 12 October 2004Interest groups can act as opposition agents when influencing government. Hence, political parties practise opposition politics, but interest groups do, too. This is happening in Zambia, where interest groups are questioning the current constitutional review process the fourth since independence from the UK in October 1964.
Thursday, 29 April 2004

The Tswalu Dialogue

Date: Thursday, 29 April, 2004Venue: South African Institute of International Affairs By invitation only. The Tswalu Dialogue commenced in 2002 as an initiative of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) sponsored by Jennifer and Jonathan Oppenheimer. The Tswalu Dialogue was founded on the broad aim of providing a forum on issues of concern to Africa and its multiple constituencies, sharing ideas, offering fresh thinking and building consensus through debate and a network of interested Africanists.
by Dianna Games Business in Africa Report, No 3, 2004Business in Africa Project SAIIA: 2004ISBN: 1-919969-28-4Published by SAIIA & funded by the Royal Danish Embassy, Pretoria.     In the rush for markets into the rest of Africa after the country's 1994 democratic elections, South African companies did not regard Nigeria as a most favoured destination. However, it was not long before South African companies recognised that despite the perceived difficulties of the country, Nigeria was a market to be reckoned with. This report is based on a series of interviews conducted both in Nigeria and South Africa over several…
Head: Governance and APRM Programme
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