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Electoral accountability in Africa: Adding nuance to the debate

By: In On Africa IOA     4th March 2013 At the onset of 2013, the occurrence of presidential and parliamentary elections was widespread across the African continent. Indeed, Afrobarometer... 

Mamphela Ramphele, the Budget & food security 

By: Denis Worrall     1st March 2013 We will come back to the 2013 Budget in a moment but there are a couple of items that deserve priority.  First of all, Mamphela Ramphele and her... 

Nigeria’s nightmare: A tale of two terrorist organisations

By: In On Africa IOA     1st March 2013 On 29 January 2013, a Boko Haram commander claimed a ceasefire with the government in Nigeria. Sheik Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulazeez, a man local... 

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Big oil, socio-economic rights and sustainable development in Africa: Implications of SERAP vs. Federal Republic of Nigeria (ECOWAS Court) 2012

28th February 2013 As new discoveries of minerals, oil and gas spring out throughout Africa, mixed feelings of jubilation and caution fill the air. Will Africa, by... 

Post-election reflection: Burkina Faso’s December 2012 parliamentary and municipal elections

By: In On Africa IOA     28th February 2013 On 2 December 2012, the Burkinabe people took to the polls to vote for their parliamentary and municipal representatives. Elections in Burkina... 

Saving in a constrained global and local environment

28th February 2013 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s pulled a rabbit out of the hat once again and delivered a Budget Speech that left most fairly relieved. The... 

Poor South Africans More Active, but Less Well Served by Government

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      28th February 2013 Most South Africans looked forward to the State of the Nation Address (SONA), with anticipation that President Jacob Zuma would provide more... 

Demystifying Tariff Setting: The tariff conundrum – Lower rates now, blackouts later? 

27th February 2013 For years, low electricity costs have been a driver behind South Africa’s economic growth and our competitiveness as a nation. Now, sharply rising... 

A perspective on economic integration in Africa - Part 1

By: In On Africa IOA     27th February 2013 Regional integration has received much support from African governments. Many African countries, since independence, have adopted regional... 

Ready or Not? Elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe in 2013

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      27th February 2013 This paper focuses on a comparison of the GNU’s of Kenya and Zimbabwe and their ability to implement reform in preparation for elections. This... 

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