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African Governance Newsletter
Serial, Created By African Union (AU) and Published By African Union (AU) in English language
Between State and Civil Society in Africa: Perspectives on Development
Book/Monograph, Created By Osaghae, Eghosa; Council for the Development of social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Published By CODESRIA in English language
Between Democracy and Terror: The Sierra Leone Civil War
Book/Monograph, Created By Abdullah, Ibrahim; Council for the Development of social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Published By CODESRIA in English language
Building peace from the ground up
Journal article, Created By Harsch, Ernest and Published By United Nations Department of Public Information in English language
Constructing democracy in transitioning societies of Africa: constitutionalism and deliberation in Mali
Book/Monograph, Created By Wing, Susanna D. and Published By Palgrave Macmillan in English language
Forty-one different African states have adopted over fifty-seven new constitutions since 1989; yet few of these have become foundations for democracy. Failed transitions, subsequent instability, and violent conflict make it clear that democracy cannot simply be constructed by holding elections and implementing new constitutions. Unlike other attempts to explain both the frequent failures and the success stories of African constitutionalism by focusing on constitutional outcomes. Wing's study examines the process by which constitutions and democratic institutions are constructed. &...
Conflict, Mediation, and the African State: How Foreign Support and Democracy Lead to Strong Political Order
Journal article, Created By Glawion, Tim and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
Anarchy and war reigning throughout Africa threaten to bring about a “failed” continent. This article, on the contrary, argues that to understand the evolution of African state systems, political order should be defined as a conflict mediation institution and process. Through a quantitative analysis, this paper challenges Charles Tilly's notion that interstate war helps build states and challenges the idea that foreign support retards state building. Democracy, and a complex three-dimensional relationship between intrastate war, political order, and foreign support, on the ...
Coherence and Contrdictions in South Africa's Foreign Policy in Africa
Journal article, Created By Nathan, Laurie and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
During Nelson Mandela's presidency between 1994 and 1999, foreign diplomats noted wryly and South African commentators complained loudly that Pretoria did not have a coherent foreign policy. There were several reasons for the ad hoc and often haphazard approach. The new government was preoccupied with the domestic imperatives of national reconciliation and the transformation of state departments; the Foreign Minister, Alfred Nzo, was sorely lacking in dynamism and vision; and the apartheid-era officials who still dominated the Department of Foreign Affairs were dazzled...
Civil society and the consolidation of democracy in Kenya: an analysis of a Catholic parish's efforts in Kibera slum
Journal article, Created By Bodewes, Christine and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
This article tests the theory of advocates who celebrate the potential of civil society to promote and deepen democracy in Africa, by examining whether the human rights ministry of a Catholic parish in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya was able to consolidate democracy through a civic education programme during 2002?5. It concludes, from an analysis of the social, economic and political environment in Kibera, that parishioners who participated in the programme demonstrated an observable improvement in their democratic values and behaviour at a localised level within...
Bushmen and Diamonds (un) Civil Society in Botswana
Book/Monograph, Created By Good, Kenneth and Published By The Nordic Africa Institute in English language
Building Democracy in Egypt: Women's Political Participation, Political Part Life and Democratic Elections
Book/Monograph, Created By Mustafa, Hala and Published By International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in English language
Internal pressures and advocacy for change have raised awareness and precipitated debates about the nature and need for reform process in many Arab countries. Such debates have drawn in a diverse range of groups articulating interests and defining their own political programmes. In this context, electoral processes, women's participation and political parties have emerged as central issues in political reform agendas in the Arab world. The establishment in the mid-1990s of pan-Arab and transnational satellite television and radio channels widened space for deba...