Trying to bury Zambia's new Constitution

For ten years while in opposition, Michael Sata talked about a Constitution that would be enduring, people-driven and would meet the aspirations of all Zambians. In 2011, his Patriotic Front (PF) party won the elections partly because of a campaign promise to enact a new Constitution within 90 days of taking office – a pledge that was enshrined in its manifesto.


Selling out Angola's street vendors

The announcement that Angola plans to enforce laws banning street trading is another example of ham-fisted policy application by a government that has lost touch with its people and their basic needs.

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Elephants vs Gas in Botswana

In a recent column entitled , Don Pinnock paints an alarming picture of the threats facing Botswana’s huge elephant herds: how hordes of hunters and poachers are lining up to gun them down, and how thousands of hungry elephants are now trapped south of the Chobe river unable to head north to colonise the vast empty parks in Zambia and Angola.


A continental strategy at risk

The 2007  (JAES) is one of the main frameworks for Africa-European Union (EU) relations. It was intended to end the unbalanced donor-recipient relationship typical of past relations between Africa and the EU, and to be a truly diverse and people-focused initiative, where civil society had a key place alongside institutions and member governments.


Rethinking the Enemy

In societies across the world, men are the overwhelming perpetrators of violence. Owing to this reality, and its horrific consequences for victims, there has been a collectivisation of men as agents of havoc. The brutality of their conduct has created a strong – and rightful – emphasis on the needs and narratives of their victims. Relatedly, the urgency of responding to male violence frequently forms the paramount objective of many organisations and institutions concerned with conflict stabilisation.


Angola Needs Oil Transparency

However, if a powerful and coordinated push by some major oil companies to exclude Angola from the US law is successful then citizens, parliamentarians, civil society groups, anti-corruption agencies, tax authorities, journalists and the government in Angola will be denied the benefits that greater transparency and accountability will bring.


Namibia failing to end forced sterilisation

On 4 November the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights passed a resolution condemning the practice of coerced sterilisation of marginalised women, including women living with HIV. The reaffirmed that sterilisation can only be done with the full, free an


Angola's anarchic security sector

The leaking of a confidential dossier detailing the kidnapping, torture and murder of two Angolan activists, who have been missing since May 2012, has confirmed our worst fears about the barbarity and inhumane nature of a government that will stop at nothing to repress and silence any citizens´ demands and criticisms.


Effective leaders should be unreasonable

OSISA and the African Leadership Centre have just run a course in Lusaka on Leadership and Society. We asked the participants to send us their thoughts


Malawi's corrupt blame game

Malawians should brace themselves for even tougher times ahead after donors under the Common Approach to Budgetary Support (Cabs) decided to suspend budgetary aid to the government estimated at K160 billion (US$400 million) until they got assurances from independent sources that their money would be used for its intended purposes if channelled through the government system.



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