Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

Fiscal conservatism and economic wildfires 

By: Seeraj Mohamed     13th November 2009 Many economic commentators and journalists are raising concerns about South Africa’s growing budget deficit. 

Cope: The need for leadership

By: Denis Worrall     5th November 2009 The Financial Mail in November last year had as a cover story "Can they crack it?". This was a reference to the anticipated establishment of a new... 

Whose Interests drive the Government and Politicians in Tanzania?

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      4th November 2009 As Tanzania approaches its national elections in a years' time, it is worth looking back at what holds our democracy so that moving forward as a... 

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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... 

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... 

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