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AU, NEPAD and the APRM : democratisation efforts explored
Report; report; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Fombad, Charles Manga; Kebonang, Zein; Melber, Henning and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala published in 2006
The African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa s Development (NEPAD) represent an unprecedented collective political effort by African governments at the beginning of the 21st century to address issues of democracy and good governance on a continental scale within an emerging framework of institutions and instruments designed to assist in this effort. The visible commitments to jointly tackle political and socioeconomic challenges in order to overcome the structural legacies that hamper national and social development are reflected in the adoption of a...
Changing of the guard? An anatomy of power within SWAPO of Namibia
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
This article presents an anatomy of power relations and policymaking within the ranks of the former liberation movement South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) in Namibia. It summarizes the features of Namibia's dominant party state and argues that Namibia is a case of competitive authoritarian rule. Our analysis documents how the first generation of SWAPO activists, in exile after the early 1960s, has since independence in 1990 remained the most influential segment of the former anti-colonial movement. This continuity is personified in the country's&...
China in Africa
Report; report; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Lee, Margaret C.; Melber, Henning and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala published in 2007
The contributions to this compilation add in various ways to the ongoing discussion on China’s role in Africa. They offer a blend of general overviews on the new scramble for Africa’s resources, the Chinese expansion into Africa and case studies on Uganda and South Africa. They present reflections on and insights to a current theme, which is widely and controversially debated also within Africa.; CONTENTS -- The (not so) New Kid on the Block: China and the scramble for Africa’s resources: An introductory overview. Henning Melber -- Unpacking China’s&#x...
Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and Africa
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
Faith as politics : reflections in commemoration of Beyers Naudé (1915-2004)
Collection (editor); book; text, Created By Melber, Henning; Nordic Africa Institute and Published By Uppsala published in 2015
Beyers Naudé was in his later life one of the leading Afrikaner anti-apartheid activists. Convinced by the strength of his faith he took a courageous political stand in a time in South African history when it was much needed. In May 2015, Oom Bey's hundredth birthday was reason to remember and celebrate his service to the people. Faith As Politics is an anthology with contributions from researchers, diplomats, activists and clergies who all have one thing in common – they were all engaged in the struggle against apartheid at the same...
Knowledge Production in Africa: -African studies: The ambiguity of ownership and originality - debate
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
.... Arowosegbe's article is a welcome invitation to reconsider African studies by reflecting on the dubious ambiguities of their ownership. While he dismisses Western hegemony, he also demands acknowledgement of the relevance of Western thought to the discipline. The latent tension and challenge to reconcile these demands are underlined by his parallel references to knowledge production in as well as on Africa without a further clarifying distinction......
Media, public discourse and political contestation in Zimbabwe
Report; report; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala published in 2004
The current situation in Zimbabwe under the ZANU-PF government shows increasing signs of abuse of power by those in political control. They also direct their desire to suppress criticism towards the media. Press organs in private ownership have been closed down and journalists have been physically harassed, arrested and expelled. Laws are abused to regulate and manipulate public opinion by a policy of banning. Worldwide condemnation of the growing restrictions upon the freedom of expression goes hand in hand with the protests inside the country against the&...
Media, public discourse and political contestation in Zimbabwe
Book/Monograph, Created By Melber, Henning; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet and Published By The Nordic Africa Institute in English language
Mission Impossible: Hammarskjöld and the UN Mandate for the Congo (1960?1961)
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
The Congo's independence in 1960 was followed by unrest, intervention by Belgian troops, and the secession of the Katanga province. The United Nations Security Council authorized Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld to send a peacekeeping force to support the Congolese government, but with the proviso not to interfere in domestic politics. This contradiction created a mission impossible. Conflicting interpretations of the mandate were complicated by the member states' geostrategic interests at the height of the Cold War. The mandate that Hammarskjöld had boldly secured w...
Namibia?s national assembly and presidential elections 2009: Did democracy win?
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
National Assembly and presidential elections were held in Namibia on 27 and 28 November 2009. The former liberation movement South West Africa People?s Organisation (SWAPO) once again secured an overwhelming majority of votes,which consolidated its de facto one-party rule. But the build up to these elections,the contestation by a newly established party and the disputed election results indicated a growing polarisation and a totalitarian tendency, which dents the positive image hitherto associated with Namibian democracy. This election analysis summarises features before, during&#x...
Peace and Development in Africa.
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
Populism in Southern Africa underLliberation Movements as Governments
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
Anti-colonial movements secured political power as governments in countries of Southern Africa. Populist discourses, which reinforce the patriotic history and heroic narratives of a 'big men' syndrome, are part of their political culture retaining continued legitimacy, not least in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, where national sovereignty was the result of a negotiated transfer of political power. This briefing presents a critical assessment of such populism as an integral part of the repertoire of former liberation movements as governments.
Reviewing China and Africa: Old interests, new trends – or new interests, old trends?
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
Africa was for a long time considered to be Europe's backyard. This situation since the turn of the century has changed considerably. With new actors pursuing their own economic interests, mainly representing the growing influence of so-called emerging economies, new multipolar realities have arrived on the continent. Access to and control over natural resources has entered a new stage of competition among external actors and in their interaction with local elites. Africa has changed as an arena, and realities are increasingly shaped by Chinese influence too...
South Africa's elections 2014: more than more of the same?
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
The African middle class(es) - in the middle of what?
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
This Briefing/Debate article critically engages with the middle class|phenomenon, which emerged as a prominent focus in|Development Studies a decade ago and has more recently also|become the subject of more informed African Studies, adding|necessary and more nuanced analysis.1 It critically examines the|background and assumptions of the debate, pointing out the lack|of class analysis, and suggests that the current focus still partly|distracts from the underlying issues.
The African middle class(es) - in the middle of what?
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
This Briefing/Debate article critically engages with the middle class|phenomenon, which emerged as a prominent focus in|Development Studies a decade ago and has more recently also|become the subject of more informed African Studies, adding|necessary and more nuanced analysis.1 It critically examines the|background and assumptions of the debate, pointing out the lack|of class analysis, and suggests that the current focus still partly|distracts from the underlying issues.
The African middle class(es) - in the middle of what?
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
This Briefing/Debate article critically engages with the middle class|phenomenon, which emerged as a prominent focus in|Development Studies a decade ago and has more recently also|become the subject of more informed African Studies, adding|necessary and more nuanced analysis.1 It critically examines the|background and assumptions of the debate, pointing out the lack|of class analysis, and suggests that the current focus still partly|distracts from the underlying issues.
The African middle class(es) - in the middle of what?
Journal article, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
This Briefing/Debate article critically engages with the middle class|phenomenon, which emerged as a prominent focus in|Development Studies a decade ago and has more recently also|become the subject of more informed African Studies, adding|necessary and more nuanced analysis.1 It critically examines the|background and assumptions of the debate, pointing out the lack|of class analysis, and suggests that the current focus still partly|distracts from the underlying issues.
The new African initiative and the African Union : a preliminary assessment and documentation
Report; report; text, Created By Nordic Africa Institute Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala published in 2001
During the year 2000 an initiative among the African states to transform the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) into the African Union (AU) gained momentum. It resulted in the ratification of the Constitutive Act and its adoption at the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2001 in Lusaka. Parallel to this process of reorganisation towards closer inter-state collaboration on the African continent in the spirit of Pan Africanism emerged the systematic effort to redefine developmental priorities and to claim a&#x...
The New African Initiative and the African Union : A Preliminary assessment and Documentation
Book/Monograph, Created By Melber, Henning and Published By Nordiska Afrikainstitutet in English language