All states, democratic or authoritarian, exist and govern by exercising political domination and force over citizens. In functioning democracies, however, the state’s political domination and force is ably regulated by strong and inclusive institutional structures and processes, respect for the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and human rights and a vibrant and independent civil society. Constitutionally, Zimbabwe is a democracy.
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Community Based Technology Solutions: Adapting to Climate Change is a paper which describes discrete steps to help communities cope with the impacts of climate change, some of which will run concurrently and others separately, depending on the specific requirements of each individual project. Authored by Thorne S, the manual is aimed at helping project teams apply Technology Receptivity principles and tools. It also aims to promote ownership of adaptation technologies by communities themselves.
Financial Literacy is a paper that demonstrates widespread financial illiteracy among the United States population, particularly among specific demographic groups. Produced by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the paper shows that most individuals cannot perform simple economic calculations and lack knowledge of basic financial concepts, such as the working of interest compounding, the difference between nominal and real values, and the basics of risk diversification.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has announced the closure of the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) as of 31 December 2008.
According to CCS Director, Prof Patrick Bond, he and his staff were summoned to a meeting on 30 July 2008 and advised the centre was being permanently closed at the end of the year. All CCS staff contracts, besides Bond's, would be terminated, with CCS’s "good" projects moved to the School for Development Studies at UKZN.
The 19-page report, "'They Beat Me like a Dog': Political Persecution of Opposition Activists and Supporters in Zimbabwe," describes ongoing abuses, including killings, beatings and arbitrary arrests, by ZANU-PF and its allies against MDC members of parliament, activists and supporters before and after the June 27 presidential runoff election.
The Guide to the Nonprofit Organisations Act was prepared by the NPO Legal Support Project of the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town. Researched and written by Mary Honey, this publication aims to assist community leaders, NPOs, service providers, paralegals, advice officers and all roleplayers involved in building and strengthening NPOs.
Yearbook of Statistics – Telecommunication Services (Chronological Time Series 1997-2006) is a publication of statistical indicators relating to the development of telecommunications/ICT worldwide is one of the primary functions of International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The 1997-2006 edition of the ITU Yearbook of Statistics (previously referred to as the "Yearbook of Public Telecommunication Statistics" or the "ITU Statistical Yearbook") will be the 34th edition.
Taking the Lead: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories is a booklet tells the stories of seven people who participated in the Institute for Democracy in South Africa’s (IDASA) Citizen Leadership for Democratic Governance training programme in 2003. The booklet contains articles that are remarkable for the strong sense of hope and democratic energy they convey.
The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) in collaboration with the Open Society Foundation of South Africa (OSF-SA), and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, hosted a two-day conference on the future of the Chapter 9 Institutions from 12-13 June 2008 in Johannesburg.
More than 5 000 residents from Khutsong Township in the Merafong Municipality marched to the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters, Luthuli House, on 6 June 2008, to protest against government’s plan to incorporate them into the North West province.
Marching under the umbrella of the Merafong Demarcation Forum (MDF), the protesters asked the new ANC leadership to intervene in their fight against being incorporated into the North West.