accountability

Kader Asmal Speaks on Ethics

Former Minister of Education and Water Affairs and Forestry Kader Asmal, delivered the Helen Joseph Memorial Lecture on 28 October 2008 at the University of Johannesburg. His lecture was entitled ‘Law, morality and ethics in public life in South Africa’.

His address came just days after former African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Mosiuoa Lekota wrote an open letter to the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, criticising the newly-elected leadership for forsaking values of the Freedom Charter.

The African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers

The “African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers” is an innovative approach to improving African governance. Produced by the South African Institute for International Affairs, the book offers important opportunities for public dialogue. An invaluable resource for civil society and governments, this volume includes an interactive APRM Toolkit CD-ROM with the official APRM guidelines, final country reports, survey instruments, academic papers, video testimonials and a comprehensive collection of the governance codes and standards embraced by the APRM.

The African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers

The “African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from the Pioneers” is an innovative approach to improving African governance. Produced by the South African Institute for International Affairs, the book offers important opportunities for public dialogue. An invaluable resource for civil society and governments, this volume includes an interactive APRM Toolkit CD-ROM with the official APRM guidelines, final country reports, survey instruments, academic papers, video testimonials and a comprehensive collection of the governance codes and standards embraced by the APRM.

Amnesty International Criticises Nigeria Over Executions

Amnesty International (AI) says death row inmates in Nigeria witness the execution of fellow prisoners and are forced to clean their gallows.

AI researcher in Nigeria, Aster van Kregten points out that up to 763 people are on death row, there are no fair trials, and hundreds of such convicts could be innocent. Kregten maintains that appeals are often abandoned due to lost case files, noting that the criminal justice system is riddled with corruption, negligence and a lack of resources.

SABC annual report raises more questions than it answers

After months of media reports about crises at the SABC and stories detailing feuds between the Board (or sections of it) and senior management (or certain members of the executive), media activists eagerly awaited the release of the public broadcaster’s annual report and financial statements. We wanted to see if the Corporation’s claims that the public has no need to worry are indeed true.

The report, released on 10 October 2008, certainly does not alleviate concerns about the health of our public broadcaster. Rather it raises even more alarm bells.

SABC Report is Vague and Contradictory – Civil Society

Civil society activists have strongly criticised the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) latest annual report for its apparent vagueness on crucial detail.

Spokesperson for the Save Our SABC coalition, Kate Skinner, has been quoted as saying that the most glaring omission of the report is the lack of detail on how it is fulfilling its public mandate, its day-to-day obligations to the public and its central objective as a public broadcaster. 

Sierra Leone Tightens Controls over NGOs

Officials in Sierra Leone are drafting a new law that will tighten controls on NGOs working in the country, joining other governments demanding more accountability from their donors.

The move follows an announcement by the Deputy Finance Minister, Richard Contenh, that the NGO sector has largely escaped government oversight.

"We don't know how much is being spent and what they are doing", says Contenh.

To read the article titled, “Government tightens control of NGOs,” click here.

2008 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance is a new, comprehensive ranking of sub-Saharan African nations according to governance quality. The Index has been created in recognition of the need for a more comprehensive, objective and quantifiable method of measuring governance quality in sub-Saharan Africa. It assesses national progress in five key areas, which together constitute a holistic definition of good governance.

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Ending Aid Dependence

“Ending Aid Dependence” is a book which shows how developing countries can liberate themselves from the aid that pretends to be developmental but is not. Authored by Yash Tandon, the book argues that exiting aid dependence should be at the top of the political agenda of all countries.

For more information, click here.

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