Governance and democracy

Economics, Governance and Instability in South Africa

‘Economic, Governance and Instability in South Africa’ examines the economic and social underpinnings of rising political instability in South Africa such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. The paper then reviews the patterns of violence across different categories before concluding with a brief analysis of the extent to which corruption, poor governance and lacklustre leadership exacerbate social turbulence.

Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016: Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change

The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016, produced by the World Bank Group in partnership with the International Monetary Fund, comes at an inflection point in both the setting of global development goals and the demographic trends affecting those goals. 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while the World Bank Group has in parallel articulated the twin goals of sustainably ending extreme poverty and sharing prosperity.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Development of a Curriculum and Delivery of Training in Electoral Mediation for Lawyers in Southern Africa

The SADC Lawyers' Association (SADCLA) is calling for expressions of interest from experts in the areas of mediation, elections, electoral dispute resolution and/or electoral law to develop a curriculum and deliver training in the area of electoral mediation in Southern Africa. The training will target 12-20 lawyers from Southern Africa (with the possibility of extending the training to a larger group in future).

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SALC Granted Order to Prevent al-Bashir's Departure

Pretoria High Court Judge Hans Fabricius has granted the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) a temporary order to prevent Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving South Africa until the urgent application to have him arrested has been heard.

The application has been brought by the SALC on behalf of a group of human rights organisations and there are about nine respondents including the Home Affairs Department.

Meanwhile, South Sudanese human rights activist, Hussein Karshoum, says there is a basis for South Africa not arresting al-Bashir.

Vavi Criticises Nhleko’s Report on Nkandla

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, says Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's residence sought to make fools of the whole nation.

Speaking at the announcement of a massive anti-corruption march to the Union Buildings and Parliament in August by civil society movements and labour unions who are concerned about Nkandla, e-tolls and golden handshakes, among other issues, Vavi argues that there is corruption denialism in government and it must be rooted out.

Embassy of France in South Africa - Civil Society Development Fund

The Embassy of France in South Africa allocates project-based grants to South African CSOs implementing projects in the field of access to basic services and promotion of Human rights. The call for applications closes on 13 July 2015.

The Civil Society Development Fund (CSDF), an initiative of the Embassy of France in South Africa, supports the participation of South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local governance.

Master Class in Public Service Excellence

USB-Ed’s Impumelelo: The Stellenbosch Academy for Social Innovations Centre, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, are bringing project presenters in water, sanitation, recycling, and waste management from the e’Thekwini and Drakenstein Municipalities to present to a key group of public managers drawn from the Gauteng municipalities and region. 

South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind: Head of the College of Orientation and Mobility

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind is a fully constituted welfare organisation registered with the Director of Fundraising at the Department of Social Development and approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) that works to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people.

Call for Papers: Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors  in  the  SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

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