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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?'
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 122, January 2015
Uncontrolled and often illegal sand mining activities are destroying some of South Africa’s most valuable natural resources at an unprecedented rate.
Happy new year to all our partners and friends! The year that has gone was characterised by South Africa’s fifth democratic elections, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the growing power of Boko Haram and other radical Islamist groups in Africa. Across other parts of the world, old fissures seemed to re-emerge; whether in Europe’s growing right-wing wave, or in Ukraine and in the Middle East.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 120, December 2014
In last October's presidential and legislative election, the fifth round of democratic elections to be held in the country since they first took place in 1994, Mozambicans voted Filipe Nyusi of the governing FRELIMO party into power. The former defence minister will be inaugurated on Thursday 15 January 2015.
Global experience in the last century demonstrated that it is possible for societies to move rapidly from poverty to prosperity. The past decade has seen growing hope that Africa may be on the cusp of emulating these experiences.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 116, November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Getting Down to Business

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) recognises that a well-designed system of corporate governance is essential for creating an environment that at once enables profitable business and keeps business behaviour within responsible boundaries – together, the preconditions for development. To explore this, it devotes an entire thematic area to corporate governance, but to date this topic has tended to attract relatively little attention.
A new report on Corporate Governance in Southern Africa by the South African Institute of International Affairs was launched this week in both Zambia and South Africa.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 114, November 2014
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 203, October 2014
How do emerging democracies act on human rights concerns, particularly in a multipolar international system where most states consistently choose self-interest over values? This question and others were addressed at a public panel and an experts’ seminar, on 12 to 13 May 2014, organised by SAIIA, the Ford Foundation and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre.
Sociologist Robert K Merton’s ‘Law of Unintended Consequences’ is the observable phenomenon of purposeful actions having unexpected results, most often negative ones. Mozambique’s 2014 elections have been characterised by continuing tensions between the Government of Mozambique and the Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (RENAMO) opposition political party, which the latter has sought to escalate in the post-election period, and ahead of the final results.[i]