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.

The 11th Conference of Parties (COP11) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place from 16-27 September in Windhoek, Namibia.

To be held under the theme “A Stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World,” the conference will assess progress made in the implementation of the convention’s 10-Year Strategy (2008-2018) and develop a way forward for the next five years.

Rio+20 will debate sustainable economic path

Nicole Mawazo lives in Ngoyo and has built up a successful business by combining farming with operating a small restaurant. Forced to look after herself and her brothers after Rwandan or Ugandan soldiers killed her parents, Nicole began producing ‘Kindingi’, a home-made, highly alcoholic, corn-banana brew, which she sold to artisanal miners. Eventually, she saved up enough to start farming and running a restaurant. “This has provided well for us,” she explained proudly, adding that her husband contributes almost nothing to the family.

City Press review praises book on Inequality in southern Africa

1.8 million people already affected by worsening crisis

Angola's elections have come and gone but few Angolans have much to celebrate. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos does, as he can now look forward to another 5 years in office - on top of the 33 he has already enjoyed

A third wind of change seems to be blowing across the African continent. According to its chroniclers, it is the wind that is destined, at last, to push Africa into ‘emergence’.

This report is an assessment of crime and violence in Mozambique undertaken between August 2011 and March 2012. The report was commissioned by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Open Society Foundations Crime and Violence Prevention Initiative (OSF CVPI), which are currently supporting violence prevention programs in Kenya, Namibia and Mozambique.

The full report can be downloaded below

This is the truth: this land belongs to the San. History shows that the San of the Kalahari were the first inhabitants of modern-day Botswana and other countries in southern Africa.

And this is another indisputable fact: the San have inhabited this place for more than 40,000 years, long before any other communities migrated to the region.

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