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Governance measurement in Africa gets more refined

Governance measurement in Africa gets more refined

Last month, the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators project released an update of their composite measures of governance performance. There have been more than 20 updates to the project since it began with the entire database stretching back to 1996. The...

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Lesotho Elections Tracker 2022: Pre-election day developments

Lesotho Elections Tracker 2022: Pre-election day developments

Lesotho General Election Quick Facts General elections are scheduled to be held in Lesotho on 7 October 2022 to elect all 120 members of the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament. Members of the national assembly are elected using a Mixed Member...

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Energy crisis plan in action, yet more load-shedding coming  

Energy crisis plan in action, yet more load-shedding coming  

In July 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the much-required energy crisis plan, which aims to increase energy security and end load-shedding. Load-shedding is a euphemism describing rolling blackouts to alleviate pressure on the national transmission grid....

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African Union at 20 – Successes and challenges

African Union at 20 – Successes and challenges

On 9 September 1999, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) adopted the Sirte Declaration calling for the establishment of the African Union (AU). The AU was officially launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa. As former President Thabo Mbeki noted, when the...

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