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Title:Governance and State delivery in southern Africa: examples from Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe
Editor:Melber, HenningISNI
Series:Discussion paper
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
Geographic terms:Botswana
External link:http://nai.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:240868
Abstract:This discussion paper highlights problems and challenges for governance in three southern African countries. It is a result of the project 'Liberation and democracy in southern Africa', which was undertaken at the Nordic Africa Institute between 2001 and 2006. In his contribution 'Time for renewal? The Namibian State and its governance', Gerhard Tötemeyer, former Deputy Minister for Regional and Local Government and Housing in Namibia, emphasizes the need for parliamentary and administrative reform in the country in order to improve the efficiency of lawmakers. Christian John Makgala in his paper ''A home town decision'? The location of Botswana's second university', explores the politics behind the decision on the location of Botswana's second university from the perspective of a scholar based at the Gaborone campus of the University of Botswana. He sees the decision as a striking example of patrimonial rule, which taints the rosy picture of Botswana's state of democracy. In the last contribution, 'Bob is peerless: Zimbabwe and the quest for an African Peer Review Mechanism', Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni argues that the Zimbabwean crisis constitutes 'grave circumstances' requiring the intervention of the AU through its African Peer Review mechanism (APRM). [ASC Leiden abstract]