Africa is rich – in potential mineral wealth, skilled workers, booming new businesses and biodiversity. Its people should thrive, its economies prosper. Yet many people living in Africa’s 47 countries remain trapped in poverty, while much of the continent’s wealth is being extracted by those outside it. Research for this report calculates the movement of financial resources into and out of Africa and some key costs imposed on Africa by the rest of the world.
On 27th June, 2017, the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, released the US’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report. On that occasion he said: “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues in our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But most of all the crime robs human beings of their freedom and dignity. That is why we must put an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”
This report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) examines key developments around civil and political rights (CPR) in South Africa during 2016/2017.
Each year the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report examines the major events that involve and affect civil society around the world. Our report reviews the past year, focusing on the space for civil society - civic space - and the impact of a resurgence of right-wing populist politics; the right to express dissent; protest movements; and civil society’s international-level actions.
There is a growing crisis in the city. Hundreds of poor and working class families living in the inner city are facing rent hikes, evictions and displacement. This is a systemic crises that has been going on for over a decade without recognition or adequate support for families from the City of Cape Town.
According to the results of the General Household Survey, 2016 released by Statistics South Africa today, the percentage of South African households with inadequate or severely inadequate access to food decreased from 23,9% in 2010 to 22,3% in 2016. The percentage of households that experienced hunger decreased from 23,8% to 11,8% while the percentage of individuals who experienced hunger decreased from 29,3% to 13,4% over the same period.
For the past seven years, Bain & Company has researched how and why the career paths of women and men differ. In this report, they examine the lessons learnt from previous studies and look for opportunities to apply them to better address gender parity in the South African workplace. Click here to read the full report.
South Africa is still recovering from the effects of the 2016 drought. Most of us now have a heightened awareness of the impacts of droughts, floods and toxic algal blooms in our dams, which are predicted to get worse with climate change. Was this drought the wake-up call we needed to get us ready for a new normal?
Good Governance Africa (GGA) was established in February 2012 as an independent and registered non-profi t organisation with the aim of promoting better governance in Africa and thereby helping to improve the lives of all citizens. Local government in South Africa has contributed to the achievement of a number of signifi cant social and economic development advances, since the ushering in of the new democratic municipal dispensation in December 2000.
Today, a month after its fifth birthday, Corruption Watch releases its fifth annual report. The report celebrates the almost 15 000 whistle-blowers who have approached us during the last half a decade, and also features highlights of what was a busy year for the organisation. This large volume of reports clearly indicates that the South African public are increasingly intolerant of corruption and the abuse of power by those in positions of leadership and are more willing to hold them to account.
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