Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Climate policy by trade war?

By: Harald Winkler     23rd October 2009 Will climate policy in future be conducted through trade measures? A worrying scenario is that the current approach – negotiating climate change... 

South Africa: Reflecting Confidence 

By: Denis Worrall     22nd October 2009 Since his retirement as president of the country and joint Nobel Peace Prize winner with Nelson Mandela, former president F W de Klerk has very... 

Depressed securitisation markets affect financial recovery

By: Seeraj Mohamed     16th October 2009 A year ago, the British government was faced with the prospect of runs on some of the country’s largest banks and riots in the streets if these... 

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Financial-sector reform is not enough

By: Seeraj Mohamed     8th October 2009 On September 14, the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, US President Barack Obama made a speech on Wall Street promoting his reform of... 

Informed citizens are empowered to participate

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      1st October 2009 Last year, information came to light that the Kenyan parliament, one of the few in Africa that has complete control over its own budget, paid its... 

Job losses, financial 
distress and poor policies

By: Seeraj Mohamed     25th September 2009 South Africa has suffered huge job losses since the beginning of 2008. Many of these job losses may be due to the global financial crisis. 

Considering the framework for policy and delivery in SA - the NPC and more

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      23rd September 2009 Since President Jacob Zuma announced a restructured Cabinet shortly after the April election, the future functions of government have remained... 

Reflections on Green Paper on national strategic planning 

By: Harald Winkler     18th September 2009 National strategic planning holds huge promise. It could unite many parts of South Africa in moving towards a common national vision of... 

Why stake the credibility of Transnet on someone with disciplinary charges? 

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      16th September 2009 There is an ugly spat brewing at Transnet. It's one which is not unlike some of the others taking place in various institutions across the country... 

Give the gift of dignity, not column inches

By: Brandon Hamber     11th September 2009 One of the sad realities of the world is that, once a newspaper story breaks, it is impossible to stop its spread. The story of 18-year-old South... 

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