Publications

Towards Democratic Developmental States in Southern Africa
Aug 14th, 2017

Towards Democratic Developmental States in Southern Africa

During the 1980s and 90s – the lost decades of development for Sub-Sahara – African states implemented Structural Adjustment Programmes at the behest of the IMF and World Bank. The new millennium, however, witnessed a change of fortunes, marked by...
Getting it Right: Promoting change through early childhood development and educa
Jul 31st, 2017

Getting it Right: Promoting change through early childhood development and education in southern Africa

Getting it Right captures insights into the changes brought about for children and communities through an initiative to promote access to high-quality early childhood development and education (ECDE) for the poorest and most vulnerable children in six...

Education for Transformative Change: The Education We Need By 2030
Jun 26th, 2017

Education for Transformative Change: The Education We Need By 2030

Articles in the issue assess the existing policy frameworks and the officially stated drivers which are shaping them as well as those which are not stated.

Election Management Bodies in Southern Africa
Apr 20th, 2017

Election Management Bodies in Southern Africa

Over the past two decades, Southern African countries have entrenched the use of elections as the only means and medium for electing governments and representative institutions in governance. Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) are central to the...

Effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Southern Africa
Apr 20th, 2017

Understanding the Complex Nature of Corruption in 21st Century

 

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) in partnership with the Africa Regional Office (AfRO) commissioned a study on anticorruption bodies (ACBs) with the aim to investigate in depth the reasons for the successes and...

BUWA! ISSUE #6: MOVING STORIES
Aug 31st, 2016

BUWA! ISSUE #6: MOVING STORIES

As part of our celebration of International Women’s Day in March this year, OSISA launched the 6th Edition of BUWA! JOURNAL on African Women’s Experiences.
ZEIC Launches Citizens Pre-Election Report
Aug 11th, 2016

Zambia Elections 2016: ZEIC Launches Citizens Pre-Election Report

A pre-election report providing a comprehensive view of events and activities in the run-up to the elections. In this report offered to key stakeholders and the electorate, ZEIC notes a number of key issues that may be determining factors in the...
Botswana’s Diamond Deception - Khadija Sharife
Jul 22nd, 2016

Botswana’s Diamond Deception

Since its independence from Britain in 1966, Botswana has been hailed as Africa’s model nation, a “political diamond.” The country, which is the size of France but with only about 2 million residents, is stable—its democratic elections so peaceful...
Mar 16th, 2016

Land, biodiversity and extractive industries in East Africa

A study in three East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) on the legal and institutional framework governing the social and environmental accountability in the extractive sector. 

Dec 11th, 2015

Abordar os Efeitos Sociais e Ambientais da Exploração Mineira no Gana, Guiné e Níger

A exploração mineira tem sido praticada na África Oriental desde os tempos mais remotos, e a exploração mineira em pequena escala de ouro e ferro tem sido a base da riqueza e do poder de muitos impérios e reinos na região ao longo da história.

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Dec 11th, 2015

Étude des impacts sociaux et environnementaux de l'exploitation minière au Ghana, en Guinée et au Niger

L'exploitation minière dans la région d'Afrique de l'Ouest date depuis des lustres, à travers l'histoire, l'exploitation minière à petite échelle de l'or et du fer constitue la source de la richesse et du pouvoir de nombreux empires et royaumes de la...

Addressing the Social and Environmental Effects of Mining in Ghana, Guinea and N
Dec 10th, 2015

Addressing the Social and Environmental Effects of Mining in Ghana, Guinea and Niger

Mining has been practiced in West Africa since the earliest times and small-scale mining of gold and iron has been the basis of wealth and/or power of many empires and kingdoms in the region throughout history.

Challenging disadvantage in Zambia
Jul 15th, 2015

Challenging disadvantage in Zambia: People with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system

A groundbreaking report which provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by people with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities in the Zambian criminal justice system. The report presents a clear...

Election Situation Room Analysis of the 2014 Tripartite Elections in Malawi
May 19th, 2015

Election Situation Room Analysis of the 2014 Tripartite Elections in Malawi

This document is a report on the Malawi Election Information Centre (MEIC), an Election Situation Room (ESR) and citizen...

Afropolitanism
Apr 07th, 2015

Afropolitanism

Our answer was quite simply that we wanted to help shift the conversation on Africa and offer a space for discussing and showing Africa outside the stereotypical tropes.

BUWA: Women’s Economic Justice
Feb 09th, 2015

Women’s Economic Justice: Putting women at the centre

It is sad to note that there has largely been an understatement – and in some cases total blindness – of how the majority of the world population – women – are agents in this process.

Jan 24th, 2015

A Survey Report on the application of bail and bond in Zambia

Incarceration should be used only as a measure of last resort on the basis of proportionality and reasonableness. Many defendants around the world are unable to secure their right to freedom.  

Concept Note - Equator prize for sustainable land management in Sub-saharan Afri
Jun 20th, 2014

Concept Note - Equator prize for sustainable land management in Sub-saharan Africa award ceremony

As a contribution to the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought and the work of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Equator Initiative/UNDP, OSISA and ENDA will host a high-level event on June 17th 2014 in...
Observation of Media Conduct during the 2014 Malawi Tripartite Elections
Jun 19th, 2014

Observation of Media Conduct during the 2014 Malawi Tripartite Elections

A seven-person Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF) mission comprising editors from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia including the SAEF executive director based in Namibia, travelled to Malawi on 16-23 May 2014 to...

Investigation by civil society into mining investments in the Democratic Republi
Jun 09th, 2014

Enquete de la societe civile sur les investissements miniers de Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) et Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) en RDC

Comment la Gécamines,  Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold et Glencore Xstrata ainsi que les firmes d’audit  Ernst & Young, Deloitte et PricewaterhouseCoopers favorisent des évasions fiscales en République Démocratique du Congo

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Where does Malawi go from here?
Jun 06th, 2014

Where does Malawi go from here?

Quick reflections on the 2014 elections and what they mean for the future of democracy in Malawi 

Investigation by civil society into mining investments in the Democratic Republi
May 22nd, 2014

Investigation by civil society into mining investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo

How the mining companies Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold and GlencoreXstrata and their audit firms Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte favour tax evasion in DRC

Democracy and Public Participation in Malawi
Mar 27th, 2014

Democracy and Public Participation in Malawi

The AfriMAP report finds ample evidence to suggest that democracy in Malawi is working, albeit with some obvious challenges – and makes a series of recommendations to address these.

Pre-trial detention in Zimbabwe
Feb 28th, 2014

Pre-trial detention in Zimbabwe

This analysis of the criminal justice system and conditions of pre-trial detention in Zimbabwe was conducted to better understand the variance between the policy and legislative frameworks that govern pre-trial...

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