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2015: A year of opportunities and threats for women’s rights in Nigeria
The Women for Women International’s parliamentary briefing on women’s rights in Nigeria, which was held at the UK House of Lords in London, on February 25, opened with a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for 2015. While the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and the reviews of international commitments, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, can be seen as major opportunities, the growing insecurity due to the Boko Haram insurgency, as well as new and ongoing governance issues raise serious concerns.

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Do natural resources inhibit transparency?
H. Mohtadi; M. Ross; S. Ruediger / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
Using a new dataset on transparency across 177 countries from 1970 to 2010 and new data on oil values that is measured independently of countries’ reporting mechanisms, this paper examines whether the presence of income derived ...
Access, Technology development and national IPR policy
T.C. James / Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2015
The Government of India is engaged in drafting a new National IPR (Intellectual Property Right) Policy. This is the first time that the Government has undertaken such a task. So far there has been no formal policy statement encompassi...
Unlocking the democratic impasse in the DRC: the role of external actors
F. Nganje / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2012
Almost a decade after the major political forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) agreed to a programme to end years of dictatorship and civil strife, and start working together towards a democratic dispensation, the country ...
United States immigration reform: what does it mean for Africa?
S. Firsing / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2013
Immigration reform is a highly contentious topic in the United States of America (US), a country historically described as a "melting pot" of nations but now seen more as a "salad bowl" because of its diversity. The US, like most coun...
SADC’s 2013 review of its principles and guidelines governing democratic elections: need for civil society inputs?
D. Motsamai / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2013
A highly significant but under profiled review exercise of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections (herein refereed to as the Guidelines) and the development of a SADC...
South Africa: between regional integration and trade multilateralism
S. Walaza / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2014
Global trade is conducted through engagements bilaterally, regionally and inter - regionally and multilaterally. The most widely inclusive process is multilateralism, defined by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a system „to...
Africa-Brazil relations in the context of global changes
S. Oloruntoba / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2014
Relations between Africa and Brazil date back to the era of slave trade in which many African slaves were settled in Brazil and other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean Island. Due to the historical experience of slave trade, th...
Lesotho on the brink: battling embedded fragility
S. Zondi / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2014
Suddenly in June 2014 the small southern country, the Kingdom of Lesotho, precipitated to the brink of anything from a complete collapse of order to an opportunistic coup. Conflict within the governing coalition led to the desolution ...
The G77 + China’s role in trade multilateralism: advocating for South agency
Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2014
Developing countries have for several decades sought to align their aspirations and collectively express their interests in global fora. The largest intergovernmental organisation of developing countries, the Group of 77 and China (he...
Anticipating the South African tenure in the Chair of the G77: the context and contours
S. Zondi / Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa, 2014
South Africa has a precious opportunity to use the chairpersonship of the G77 to help transform the agency of the global south from making lofty undertakings to taking concrete measures to implement what has been agreed. It has the op...
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