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Analysing and sharing best practice in developing institutions as a means to creating robust and democratic states – covering legal and judicial reform; parliamentary development and the media.

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Emerging trends in Africa’s electoral processes
I. Bukunle Sanusi; R. Nassuna / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
The quest for competitive elections in Africa, with the modest gains made since the 1990s towards deepening democratisation, continues to underpin the continent’s efforts to create stable and growing ...
Africa and external actors
Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town (UCT) 2016
The Cape Town seminar in August 2016 brought together about 30 key scholars, policymakers, and civil society activists to assess bilateral and multilateral relations between Africa’s traditional and non-traditional actors...
Zambia’s constitutional Groundhog Day: why national debate about constitutional reform is not going away anytime soon
G. Masterson / South African Institute of International Affairs 2017
Since independence, Zambia has had five major constitutional amendments (an average of one every 10 years), a fact that has raised concerns about the country’s constitutional foundations. The constitution has been made a ...
Partnering with the New Development Bank: what improved services can it offer Middle-Income Countries?
C. Prinsloo / Global Economic Governance Africa 2016
Multilateral development banks increasingly struggle to respond effectively to the needs of middle-income countries, influencing not only their potential development impact but also their own financial stability. This challenge has be...
Improving infrastructure finance for Low-Income Countries: recommendations for the ADF
C. Markowitz / Global Economic Governance Africa 2016
Low-income countries (LICs) in sub-Saharan Africa face a substantial infrastructure-financing gap. multi-lateral development banks (MLDBs) have traditionally played an important role in mobilising finance for infrastructure in LIcs, b...
A place for subnational governments at the international climate negotiating table
South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
It can be difficult for subnational governments and cities to acquire a place at the negotiating table for international climate events, such as UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gatherings. This is despite the fact t...
Nigeria’s foreign policy before Buhari: global expectations amid domestic and regional challenges
K. Amuwo / South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
A country well-endowed in terms of population, natural resources and geographic size, Nigeria’s post-independence foreign policy has been marked by a near-constant striving for influence within its region and beyond. Th...
Youth-led accountability for the SDGs
Commonwealth Secretariat 2016
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), have set out an ambitious agenda for global development for the next fifteen years, leading up to 2030. Empowering young people to hold governments and duty-bearers accountable is one of t...
Brexit: implications for climate change commitments
Overseas Development Institute 2016
When the UK voted to leave the EU, climate change was far from the minds of both the electorate and politicians. Climate change had scarcely featured in the referendum campaign. Yet, the UK’s decision to exit has conseque...
Election quality, public trust are central issues for Africa’s upcoming contests
Afrobarometer 2016
Nothing kindles democracy’s energies, anxieties, hopes, and frustrations like an election. The quality of an election can spell the difference between a cooking fire and an explosion. If a successful election can calm and focus a...
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