Botswana has long been hailed as a ‘miracle’ of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. In the last ten years however, this gilded reputation earned during 1970’s and 1980’s which reflected high economic growth levels and political stability, has lost much of its lustre.
Today’s governments are challenged with creating new approaches to governance that enable them to better exploit the developmental potential provided by mineral resources. Establishing regulatory frameworks and state capacity to ensure that activities and mining companies are compatible with efforts to promote inclusive and sustainable development are central to this challenge.

In many instances election management resembles crises management. This is simply because of the huge significance of elections as access to national resources and power; the personalization of state powers by elected officials and the reluctance of politicians to play by the rules.

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is a growing African institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region. OSISA's vision is to promote and sustain the ideals, values, institutions and practices of open society, with the aim of establishing vibrant and tolerant southern African democracies in which people, free from material and other deprivation, understand their rights and responsibilities and participate actively in all spheres of life.

The Implications of Expropriatory Land and Natural Resources Commodification for Governance and Local Democracy in Africa

By Pansy Tlakula - As the African Union meets this weekend in Addis Ababa at its 18th Summit, most Member States will be preoccupied with the contest for the next African Union Commission Chairperson. The incumbent Jean Ping faces a challenge from the widely respected South African Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Participants from 5 African countries will discuss governance, rule of law and human rights

Organised by the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) at the Africa University and OSISA, this renowned course in public policy, governance and civil society is designed to provide basic fundamentals of public policy analysis to practitioners working in civil society organisations, public service and the private sector.

SADC-Parliamentary Forum adopts Southern Africa Resource Barometer

OSISA and HBF to host crucial discussion at COP17

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