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The struggle for the right to access to information in the region has been long and tedious. This, despite the fact that regional and international instruments, including Goal 16.10 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to which many countries are state party, recognise the centrality...

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Botswana unravels: unmasking Africa’s democracy poster child

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" in_content_menu="" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="1544" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text]Siphosami Malunga, Executive Director, OSISA.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]It seemed too good to be true. A diamond-rich, corruption-free, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful African country with a tradition of peaceful transfer of presidential power (the incumbent president voluntarily...

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VOXPOPS Q&A

What Is Your Take On The Conference Thus Far? Thus far I think the initiative is good, I am just a little bit worried about what the overall take away will be. It is nice to meet in hotels but that doesn’t change the debt...

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Debt, Gender and Power

“Who has power and who doesn’t have it determines what works and what doesn’t”. This powerful remark by activist Nancy Kachingwe captures the essence of the session on the implications of debt for women. Which took place on the second day of OSISA´s regional conference...

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Death by Debt: the human cost of debt in southern Africa

I recently visited a cousin from Swaziland (eSwatini) at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. She was seriously ill with Stage 4 breast cancer, having been diagnosed in 2016. Swaziland does not have an oncology unit. The doctors at Charlotte Maxeke delivered the terrible news that...

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…and now to build a vibrant debt movement

The two-day regional conference on debt came to an end with a commitment to building a vibrant debt movement across southern Africa. In his closing remarks Percy Makombe (Team Leader: Democracy and Governance) at OSISA reiterated the institution’s vision and plan for advancing work on...

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In the fight against debt, is Revolution the solution?

Pursuing reform of existing political and electoral systems will only deal with the symptoms without addressing the fundamental issues that have plunged Africa into a suffocating debt crisis. Only a revolution that will uproot the prevailing governance architecture, which is an extension of colonial legacies,...

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