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SAIIA Occasional Paper No 218, June 2015
A few weeks ago, forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza stymied a coup d’état in Burundi. A few months earlier, last October to be precise, the exact opposite occurred when an army officer in Burkina Faso, Lt Col. Isaac Zida, dislodged in a bloodless coup d’état West Africa’s former strong-man and president of that country, Blaise Compaoré.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Special Focus on Nigeria

Following peaceful national elections in March, General Muhammadu Buhari will this week be inaugurated as Nigeria’s new president. On 29 May 2015 Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation will formally have a new leader.
Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, and one of the 12 fastest growing economies in the world is heading to a general election on 24 May 2015. There is very little to suggest that the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which came to power after a bloody civil war in 1991 should have much to worry about.
A special workshop for regional stakeholders, ‘The African Peer Review Mechanism in Southern Africa: Exploring Synergies with the Southern African Development Community,’ was held on 20-21 May 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana.
The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Academic Forum in Moscow took place from 21-23 May 2015. SAIIA's chief executive Elizabeth Sidiropoulos was invited to take part as a member of the South African delegation.
On 19 May 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch, in partnership with the Conservation Action Trust, invites you to a breakfast seminar on 'The international politics of illegal trade in wildlife.'  This seminar will be addressed by a panel of speakers.
This year’s Africa Day commemorations on 25 May – celebrating the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in Ethiopia in 1963 – occur against the backdrop of deadly xenophobic attacks in South Africa. A governance assessment of South Africa under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in 2007 emphasised these underlying tensions with foreign nationals.
‘Isaac, we can no longer go to the movie today. We have a curfew,’ my late dad told me. ‘I understand, dad,’ I responded – and I genuinely did. This was a conversation taking place on a Saturday at home in Ibex Hill, in my hometown of Lusaka in 1978.
In tandem with the steep fall in global commodity prices, demands for a stronger sustainability focus in Africa's extractives industry is on the rise. This shift is leading communities, industry, government and civil society actors to reassess emerging governance challenges in a low commodity price environment.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 212, March 2015
History is likely to regard Nigeria's just-concluded election as the defining one that finally put the country on an irreversible course of democratic maturation.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and officially its largest economy as of April 2014, is holding presidential and legislative elections on 28 March 2015, which bear in equal measure the hallmarks of continuity and potential ruptures.
The Sharpeville Massacre is deeply engrained in the pages of South African history. The events of 21 March 1960 are now commemorated on Human Rights Day.
The Eastern Cape Branch of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Mr. Moeletsi Mbeki, SAIIA Deputy Chairman, on “Leadership and Parliament in South Africa – the way forward”.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 130, March 2015
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) – the continent’s governance assessment and monitoring tool – turns 12 on 9 March 2015. This anniversary commemorates the meeting in Abuja, Nigeria in 2003 that officially inaugurated the APRM, and saw the voluntary accession of the first member states.
SAIIA Report No 18, January 2015  Download - English (401.27 kB) Governance and APRM ProgrammeRegional integration has long been recognised as an important vehicle for Africa’s development; currently, the African Union (AU) officially intends achieving a continent-wide common market by 2023 and a currency union by 2018. One of the goals of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s indigenous governance assessment system, is to promote regional integration. The enquiries it has made into the integration attempts and experiences of the 19 countries that have undergone review so far provide valuable new insights.
South Africa’s soft power and its influence in the region and beyond are intrinsically linked to the example it sets at home, cautions SAIIA National Chairman, Mr Fred T. Phaswana, on the occasion of the annual meeting of the National Council on 16 February 2015.
Friday, 13 February 2015

SAIIA 2015 Change-Makers Forum

SAIIA is convenening its third annual high-level dialogue forum for ‘Change-Makers’ in the African extractive sector. This event will be held on on Friday, 13 February 2015, on the sidelines of the 2015 Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa.
On 9 February 2015, SAIIA's Governance of Africa's Resources Programme hosted a Mining Indaba Roundtable on 'From Acid Mine Drainage to Fracking? South Africa’s capacity for environmental oversight of extractive industries'.
On 26 January 2015, President Jacob Zuma provided reasons for referring the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill (MPRD-AB 2014) back to Parliament. The Bill had been shepherded through parliament shortly before the 2014 national elections, and has been on the President's desk since then.
Africa may be rising, but its success is primarily measured by economic growth and development, while discourse on democratisation is far less prominent than at the onset of the new millennium. At the same time, many African states are forging ever-deeper ties with emerging powers that seem to place little value on democracy and human rights.
On Friday 30 January, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe was appointed the new chair of the African Union. His appointment was made during the annual two-day heads of state summit at the African Union's headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 209, January 2015
In the latest in SAIIA's series of briefings exclusively for our diplomatic members and funding partners, we were pleased to host Dr Mzukisi Qobo, SAIIA Research Associate, on 'Prospects for 2015: the South African political landscape and its international repercussions'.  
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 123, January 2015
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Eastern Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr. Greg Mills, Director of The Brenthurst Foundation, on 'Why do States recover – relevance to South Africa?'