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José Eduardo dos Santos – a legacy of kleptocracy

José Eduardo dos Santos – a legacy of kleptocracy

After a brief two-year retirement in Barcelona, and a battle with ill health, Angola’s former president – José Eduardo dos Santos – has died at age 79. Dos Santos ruled with an iron fist for 38 years, treating one of Africa’s richest countries as his personal fiefdom....

Surviving childhood in Africa

Surviving childhood in Africa

Policymaking lessons we can learn from Africa’s experience with reducing child mortality A persistent theme within commentary on policymaking across Africa is an emphasis on the “negative lessons” we can draw from policymaking failures. Questions are asked about what...

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Elections 2021: How does your municipality rank?

Elections 2021: How does your municipality rank?

Monday is voting day in South Africa's local government elections. If you're still thinking about where to place your X, take a moment to better inform yourself about your municipality with GGA's Governance Performance Index (GPI), which measures how well, or poorly,...

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Russia in Ukraine: South Africa’s unprincipled stance 

Russia in Ukraine: South Africa’s unprincipled stance 

The South African government’s policy on Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine comes in the context of its record on human rights internationally, which is a sorry tale. In the pursuit of its own agenda internationally over the past 15 years, the ANC has conflated...

New patterns of political violence in SA

New patterns of political violence in SA

The nature of political violence in South Africa has changed over the decades since the first democratic election in 1994, becoming more intense and also concentrated in the local municipal landscape. The assassinations of counsellors in KZN last year show how those...

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