Publications

Oshikango Safety Audit Report
Feb 15th, 2013

Oshikango Safety Audit Report

Following its independence in 1990, Namibia has achieved remarkable strides in economic and social reform.  Despite these successes, the country has been plagued with escalating levels of violence that have permeated Namibian homes, schools as...

Pre-trial detention custody time limits: Ensuring compliance in Malawi
Jan 16th, 2013

Pre-trial custody time limits in Malawi

Many pre-trial detainees in Malawi will spend months or even years in detention – without being tried or found guilty. An audti of pre-trial detainees in Malawi, which was undertaken by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) in 2011,...

The long wait for justice in Swaziland - Feminist analysis of Simelane case
Dec 03rd, 2012

The long wait for justice in Swaziland

In Swaziland, the slow pace of the judicial process is a reality that citizens have long since grown accustomed to. The system is riddled with delays and there is always a lengthy backlog of un-heard cases on the High Court roll. However, delays...

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Angola
Nov 28th, 2012

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Angola

In 2011, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) conducted a research study in five of the countries in the region – Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland –  to draw an up-to-date map of the current state of youth and...

Conflict Gold to Criminal Gold: The new face of artisanal gold mining in Congo
Nov 14th, 2012

Conflict Gold to Criminal Gold: The new face of artisanal gold mining in Congo

In 2011, the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) launched a regional monitoring effort to assess the physical, social and economic security risks, as well as the socio-economic, humanitarian and commercial conditions, faced by artisanal gold-mining...

Oil Revenues in Angola: Much more information but not enough transparency
Oct 30th, 2012

Oil Revenues in Angola: Much more information but not enough transparency

As a poor developing country recovering from civil war, Angola relies heavily on revenues from oil which accounts for two-thirds of the government’s income. But civil society groups, the International Monetary Fund and other observers have long...

Angola's Oil Industry Operations
Oct 30th, 2012

Angola's oil industry operations

Angola’s oil production drives an enclave economy that enriches wealthy political elites and leaves the masses in dire poverty, according to Angola's Oil Industry Operations – a research report commissioned by the Open Society Initiative...

Buwa - Sex and Health
Oct 23rd, 2012

Sex and Health

The third issue of Buwa! focusses on sex and health in southern Africa as Alice Kanengoni explains in her editorial.

Open Debate - Historic step towards equality for Swazi women
Oct 11th, 2012

Historic step towards equality for Swazi women

There is nothing extraordinary about Mary-Joyce Doo Aphane. Nor is there anything extraordinary – in most countries – about her desire to register a newly-bought property in both her and her husband’s names. What is extraordinary is that she still...

Palliative Care in Southern Africa - Country Reports
Oct 10th, 2012

Palliative Care in Southern Africa - Country Reports

With the huge burden of cancer, HIV, and other life-limiting illnesses across Africa, a clear public health argument exists for the availability of pain- and symptom-relieving drugs to improve the quality of life of millions of people, to maximise...

Palliative Care in Southern Africa
Oct 10th, 2012

Palliative Care in Southern Africa

In many African countries, palliative care is not yet integrated into national policies so public health access is not available to the majority of those who require palliative care. The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) embarked on a project...

Impact of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) on the Promot
Oct 03rd, 2012

Impact of the EITI on transparency and accountability in southern and East Africa

On 21st May 2012, the first regional conference for southern and East Africa on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was held in Cape Town. Jointly organised by the EITI International Secretariat and the Southern Africa Resource...

Open Debate 5 - Prospects for improved debt management in Zimbabwe’s draft const
Oct 03rd, 2012

Prospects for improved debt management in Zimbabwe draft constitution

The on-going constitutional reform process in Zimbabwe, which was a key component of the 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA), has opened up immense opportunities for the country to create a new framework for sound economic management. An area where...

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Mozambique
Sep 14th, 2012

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Mozambique

In 2011, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) conducted a research study in five of the countries in the region – Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland— to draw an up-to-date map of the current state of youth and adult...

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Swaziland
Sep 10th, 2012

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Swaziland

In 2011, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) conducted a research study in five of the countries in the region – Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland –  to draw an up-to-date map of the current state of youth and...

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Namibia
Sep 10th, 2012

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Namibia

In 2011 the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) conducted a research study in five of the countries in the region – Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland –  to draw an up-to-date map of the current state of youth and...

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Lesotho
Sep 07th, 2012

Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Lesotho

Youth and Adult Education faces great challenges in Lesotho, including the lack of any official, adopted policy for the sector. With a burgeoning youth population, these challenges need to be addressed urgently to ensure that the country starts...

Open Learning - Youth and Adult Learning and Education in Southern Africa
Aug 21st, 2012

Time to focus on youth and adult education

Many countries in southern Africa are facing the critical and growing challenge of how to provide an education that meets the socio-economic needs of their bulging youth populations. Primary school drop-out rates remain high across the region so...

Win win partnership? China, Southern Africa and Extractive Industries
Aug 13th, 2012

Win win partnership?

China has prioritised Africa as a strategic partner at both the political and economic level and already its drive for raw materials has initiated a new scramble for Africa, the long-term implications of which are uncertain – but a new book argues...

Consolidating SADC's regional integration: The governance of the security sector
Aug 06th, 2012

Governance of the Security Sector in SADC

The Southern African region faces the major challenge of combining the principles of democracy and the creation of democratic institutions with the pragmatic decisions required to implement reforms in the security sectors of SADC member countries....

Assessment of crime and violence in Mozambique
Jul 25th, 2012

Assessment of crime and violence in Mozambique

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...

First to Go: How communities are being affected by Global Fund crisis
Jul 24th, 2012

First to Go: How communities are being affected by the Global Fund crisis

In November 2011, facing a deficit of about half a billion dollars due to unfulfilled donor pledges, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was forced to cancel Round 11 of its funding. In March 2012, the Open Society Initiative for Southern...

Southern Africa Disability Rights Country Profile Reports
Jun 05th, 2012

Southern Africa Disability Rights Country Profile Reports

This study is a companion to the status of disability rights in southern Africa report and provides more detailed information on each of the nine countries included in the study. Together they paint a vivid and depressing picture of the...

Status of Disability Rights in Southern Africa
Jun 05th, 2012

Status of Disability Rights in Southern Africa

It often feels as if advocates for different groups are trying to out-do each other in order to claim that their group is the most marginalised. But new research on disability rights in southern Africa should end the argument once and for all – the...

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