Africa Survey

The Africa Survey is a comprehensive collection of close on 2,000 economic, social and political indicators drawn from over 80 sources for all African countries. Updated annually, with trend analysis and capacity for tailored research, it is an indispensable resource for analysts, investors and business people alike.
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“Rights to Land” – Land restitution, initiated in 1994, was an important response to the injustices of the apartheid era. But it was intended as a limited and short-term process – initially to be completed in five years.
Instead, the process may continue for decades, creating uncertainty and undermining investment in agriculture.
In this GGA publication, William Beinart, Peter Delius and Michelle Hey provide an analysis of what went so badly wrong, and warm that a new phase of restitution may ignite conflicting ethnic claims and facilitate elite capture of land and rural resources.
They argue that while there are no quick fixes, the first phase of restitution should be completed and the policy then curtailed. Land reform urgently needs to prioritize employment creation, production and economic growth.
They also argue for a move away from communalist and traditionalist policies and for a focus on cementing individual and family land rights.
They propose that all South Africans should hold their land in systems that are as secure as ownership and suggest a three-pronged approach: effective implementation of the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act (1996) and similar legislation; clear definition by the courts of the strengths of family and individual rights to customary and informal landholdings; and amended legislation to upgrade existing holdings.
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“Extremisms in Africa” – In 2017, as part of its National Security Programme, GGA commissioned the development of an anthology on extremisms in Africa. The goal of this anthology was to bring together scholars and practitioners from varied backgrounds and disciplines to better understand the challenges posed by extremist organisations in Africa, and what could be done to mitigate their threat to peace and security.
Extremisms in Africa, which we are proud to have published in June 2018, challenges both the efficacy and wisdom of purely militarized responses to exxtremist movements, typified by the Global War on Terror (GWOT), as well as the cursory replication of international counter terrorism frameworks promulgated by the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) in Africa.
Emphasis is given to the importance of understanding local history, culture, and regional geopolitics, among a variety of contest-specific factors, to truly understand and thereby effectively address the emergence and spread of extremisms in Africa.
As such, it draws on contributions from a range of thematic and regional experts, including security-sector specialists, conflict analysts, journalists, international relations and governance specialists, political scientists, social anthropologists, psychologists and theologians, among others.
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