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A Contracorriente     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acciones e Investigaciones Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ACME : An International Journal for Critical Geographies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Acta Borealia: A Nordic Journal of Circumpolar Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Acta Politica Estica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, European and Regional Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 234)
AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Africa Conflict Monitor     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Africa Insight     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Africa Institute Occasional Paper     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Africa Intelligence     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Africa Renewal     Free   (Followers: 13)
Africa Review : Journal of the African Studies Association of India     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Africa Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 74)
African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
African Diaspora     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
African East-Asian Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
African Identities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
African Journal of Democracy and Governance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Journal of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
African Yearbook of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Africanus     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Afrika Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Afrique contemporaine : La revue de l'Afrique et du développement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Agenda Internacional     Open Access  
Agenda Política     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Agrarian South : Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Akademik Hassasiyetler     Open Access  
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademik Yaklaşımlar Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Alternatives : Global, Local, Political     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
América Latina Hoy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
American Enterprise Institute     Free   (Followers: 4)
American Foreign Policy Interests: The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
American Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 411)
American Political Science Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 347)
American Political Thought     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
American Politics Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
American Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Anacronismo e Irrupción     Open Access  
Anais de Constitucionalismo, Transnacionalidade e Sustentabilidade     Open Access  
Anais Eletrônicos do Congresso Epistemologias do Sul     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Analecta política     Open Access  
Análise Social     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Analysis of Current Trends in Antisemitism     Open Access  
Andalas Journal of International Studies     Open Access  
Ankara University SBF Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Sklodowska, sectio M – Balcaniensis et Carpathiensis     Open Access  
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Annuaire suisse de politique de développement     Open Access  
Annual Review of Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 49)
Annual Review of Political Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 233)
Anuario Latinoamericano : Ciencias Políticas y Relaciones Internacionales     Open Access  
AQ - Australian Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription  
Arabian Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Arctic Review on Law and Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arena Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Armed Conflict Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Asia Minor Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Asia Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Asia-Pacific Journal : Japan Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science     Hybrid Journal  
Asia-Pacific Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Asian Affairs: An American Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Asian Journal of Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Asian Journal of German and European Studies     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Asian Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti - Classe di Scienze Giuridiche, Economiche e Politiche     Open Access  
AUDEM : The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Audens : revista estudiantil d'anàlisi interdisciplinària     Open Access  
Aurora. Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Journal of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Australian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Balcanica Posnaniensia Acta et studia     Open Access  
Baltic Journal of European Studies     Open Access  
Baltic Journal of Political Science     Open Access  
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Beleid en Maatschappij     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BMC International Health and Human Rights     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Bohemistyka     Open Access  
Boletim Meridiano 47 : Journal of Global Studies     Open Access  
Brazilian Political Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Brésil(s)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
British Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 235)
British Journal of Politics and International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
British Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 72)
Bulletin d'histoire politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Bustan     Hybrid Journal  
Cadernos de Estudos Sociais e Políticos     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cadernos de Ética e Filosofia Política     Open Access  
CADUS - Revista de Estudos de Política, História e Cultura     Open Access  
Cahiers de l'Urmis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cahiers de Sciences politiques de l'ULg     Open Access  
California Journal of Politics and Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cambio 16     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cambio : Rivista sulle Trasformazioni Sociali     Open Access  
Cambridge Review of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Canadian Foreign Policy Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Canadian Journal of European and Russian Studies     Open Access  
Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Çanakkale Araştırmaları Türk Yıllığı     Open Access  
Caucasus Survey     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Central and Eastern European Review     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Central Asian Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Central Banking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Central European Journal of Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
China : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
China International Strategy Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
China perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
China Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
China Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
China Review International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
China-EU Law Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Chinese Journal of Global Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Chinese Journal of International Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Chinese Political Science Review     Hybrid Journal  
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Citizenship Education Research Journal (CERJ)     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cittadinanza Europea (LA)     Full-text available via subscription  
Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union     Open Access  
Class, Race and Corporate Power     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cold War History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Colección     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Commonwealth & Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Communist and Post-Communist Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Comparative Cultural Studies : European and Latin American Perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comparative Political Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 257)
Comparative Politics (Russia)     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Comparative Strategy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Competition & Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Complexity, Governance & Networks     Open Access  
Confines     Open Access  
Conflict and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Conflict Management and Peace Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Conflict Trends     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 422)
Conflicto Social     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conhecer : Debate entre o Público e o Privado     Open Access  
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Connexe : Questioning Post-Communist Spaces     Open Access  
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Contemporary Italian Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Levant     Hybrid Journal  
Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Contemporary Security Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
CosmoGov : Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan     Open Access  
Counterculture Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
Criterios     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46)
Critical Studies on Security     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Cuadernos de Coyuntura     Open Access  
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cuestiones Políticas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cultura de Paz     Open Access  
Cultura Latinoamericana     Open Access  
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Cultural Logic : A Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cywilizacja i Polityka     Open Access  
Debater a Europa     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Defence Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)

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  • China-Africa trade and investment cooperation - the forum on China-Africa
           cooperation in focus
    • Authors: Mesafint Tarekegn Yalew
      Abstract: This paper analyses the China-Africa trade and investment cooperation. It mainly focuses on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Both primary and secondary data are deployed to solicit viable information. The findings indicate that the China-African cooperation can be traced back to the Bandung Conference and was primarily focused on building ideological solidarity to enhance the Chinese model of communism. However, after the introduction of FOCAC, China-African cooperation was transformed at all level of cooperation, including trade, investment and other related areas of cooperation. China becomes one of the biggest trading partner in Africa and also a huge business and investment opportunities in the continent.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Investing for resources' Comparison of Chinese outward foreign direct
           investment in Africa with the rest of the world
    • Authors: Okoye Obiora Jude
      Abstract: The increase in Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in Africa over the last decade has met with concern and criticism, especially with respect to its resource-seeking motive. Though few studies have done so, this paper aims to evaluate the role of natural resources in Chinese OFDI in Africa with the aim of ascertaining whether this resource role in Africa is different for the rest of the world. This paper uses a different methodology and measure of natural resources: Employing an investment gravity model and Generalised Method of Moments (GMM), we estimated the effect of natural resources on Chinese OFDI in Africa. The study finds Chinese investment to be natural-resource seeking in both the African and non-African sample. Also both the foreign direct investment (FDI) source and host countries gross domestic product (GDP) are found to have a significant positive effect on Chinese OFDI in both study samples. The results also illustrate the importance of institutional and political factors in Chinese OFDI and suggest policies to boost Chinese OFDI in Africa.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Islamism and social movement framework in global politics
    • Authors: Yusuf Abubakar Mamud; Oboshi Agyeno
      Abstract: With an interdisciplinary approach, this paper reviews Islamism within the social movement theoretical framework. The paper attempts a conceptual clarification of the concept of Islamism and uses it to interpret collective behaviour within Muslim groups. It argues that Islamism is a consciousness created by Islamic ideology and principles, used by Muslim adherents as an ‘identity’ under the pseudonym Ummah (community) for collective action. The paper finds that within the framework of the social movement, Islamism has been used to spread the religion of Islam across the globe, but it has also become the tool some Muslims use manipulatively to promote personal agendas that could undermine security. Drawing from observation of unfolding events within global politics, the paper suggests that Ummah should be quick to repudiate Muslims who cast the religion of Islam in a bad light in the eyes of the general public. The paper finally posits that media categorisation of Islamists as terrorists will continue to create grievances that will further lay the foundation for violent collective action across the world. The paper suggests that mainstream media must desist from categorising all Islamists as terrorists.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Good governance-mediation interactions - an unexplored imperative
           contribution to peace and security
    • Authors: Eric Blanco Niyitunga
      Abstract: This article examines good governance-mediation nexus in peace processes and its role in leading to the creation of a peaceful society and sustainable peace. After defining the concepts of mediation, governance and good governance, and examining their interaction, the article critically assesses the African Union’s (AU’s) peace agreement for Burundi to explain that the failure of good democratic governance in the country is actually resulting from the failure of African mediators to understand the role of good governance when conducting the mediation process. The article shows that post-mediation phases in Africa are characterised by the recurrence of armed conflicts and electoral violence because of the failure to bring principles of good governance to the negotiation table. It proves that African mediators are former African leaders whose democratic good governance while in power was lacking; therefore, they are unable to understand the interaction between good governance and mediation when involved in the mediation process. Hence, deploying such leaders to conduct a mediation process is a fatal mistake amounting to burying a conflict alive. The article shows that African conflicts are intrastate in nature, and are triggered by the presence of uneven institutions that protracted bad governance and by the rebels who fight the governments, which state of affairs is exacerbated by a lack of understanding of what good governance means. The article concludes by asserting that it is vital for the deployed mediators to understand the interaction between good governance and mediation, and to teach the parties to understand the principles of good governance, and persuade them to be bound by those principles. Unless this interaction is understood and brought on-board at the negotiation table, conflicts in Africa will remain an unfinished business.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Trauma and memory - explaining the longevity of the Biafra secessionist
           movement in Nigeria
    • Authors: Michael I. Ugwueze
      Abstract: The last four decades have witnessed a growing literature on the Biafra question in Nigeria. Still, the trauma of the Nigerian Civil War continues to spill over into contemporary Nigerian politics. No ethnic group feels this trauma more than the Igbo. Although the accounts of the war are well documented, the link between the traumas of the time vis-à-vis the prolonged Biafra secessionism remains underexplored in literature. Building on the theory of trauma as memory retrieval, this article argues that Biafra secessionist agitations persist because the federal government of Nigeria continues to resonate the experiences of the Civil War through some calculated actions. The findings of this article have implications for both the progress of the Igbo people and the stability of the Nigerian state.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Cybercrime preparedness - a critical snapshot of BRICS countries
    • Authors: Nirmala Gopal; Vuyelwa Maweni
      Abstract: As the global stage prepares for the many benefits and new opportunities brought about by the advances in information and communications technology (ICT), particularly in the context of the fourth industrial revolution, there is little doubt that these new opportunities will usher in new challenges and threats deriving from the growing misuse of ICTs for criminal activities and the increasing malicious use of ICTs by state and non-state actors. Against this backdrop this paper provides a snapshot of cybersecurity ‘preparedness’ on the part of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, (BRICS) countries, to mitigate these challenges. This has been obtained through discussion of literature and media reports written on the topic and through content analysis of some critical policy documents that govern cybersecurity frameworks in the BRICS countries. The paper makes recommendations for the BRICS Think Tanks Council (BTTC) to play a more significant role in shaping policy initiatives collectively, while maintaining sovereignty, should it see a role for itself in shaping a new world order.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Sustainable development goals in Lesotho - prospects and constraints
    • Authors: Vusi Mashinini
      Abstract: Lesotho, like other members of the United Nations, is committed to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its post 2015 development agenda up to 2030. The objective of this paper is to assess Lesotho’s experience with the SDGs through an analysis of the prospects and constraints it encounters in their implementation in the country, using desktop methodology. The paper argues that the SDGs have, inter alia, enabled Lesotho to strengthen its development planning through the alignment and integration of the National Strategic Development Plan II 2018/2019–2022/2023 with the SDGs framework. The SDGs have also facilitated a participatory stakeholder engagement in the conduct of the voluntary national review of 2019, which was done in a bottom-up process from community to national level. Moreover, the SDGs have made it easier for the country to promote economic and social inclusion and environmental integration in a more articulate manner than before. However, the paper also notes that more success is hindered by challenges of poor governance, led by weak economic management, corrupt financial management, social exclusion, and unstable as well as non-accountable political governance. The paper recommends that transformative, comprehensive, and inclusive national reforms have to be put in place and practiced in order to facilitate the successful implementation of the SDGs in Lesotho en route to 2030.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Divergent federal language discourses in Ethiopia - conflict over the use
           of ‘Amharic only’
    • Authors: Yonattan Araya Zemaryam
      Abstract: The use of Amharic as a sole federal language has been a debatable issue from the start. The main objective of this study is thus to reveal divergent views of federal language use in Ethiopia. To this end, qualitative data was gathered through interviews from 28 purposefully selected key informants and analysed through thematic analysis. Results indicate that the use of Amharic as a single federal language encompasses divergent discourses. It has become a source of conflict, in which the proponents of ‘Amharic only’ are seeking to preserve its status, whereas its opponents are pressing for change. Controversies over the use of one federal language in Ethiopia might, therefore, lead to fierce conflict if a well-designed solution is not provided.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Reawakening and Shaping Africa’s Future in a Globalised World, Vusi
           Gumede, Alinah Segobye, Shadrack Gutto and Serges Djoyou Kamga (Eds.)
    • Authors: Marianne Séverin
      Abstract: To talk globally about the African continent, as it was articulated during the Conference of Intellectuals of Africa and the Diaspora of 2004 and in the second conference in 2006, Africa will not be able to find its salvation in terms of political, economic, and social development if it does not gather all her living forces around African governments. Thus, intellectuals and academics of Africa must be at the forefront of African political, social, and economic debates to make a real contribution to building a strong African continent in a globalised world. Wherever they come from, intellectuals and academics of the diaspora are also expected to contribute, alongside their colleagues in Africa, to the continent’s influence, while promoting the African renaissance.
      PubDate: 2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Solving local needs through innovation
    • Authors: Tarisai Kudakwashe Manyati; Morgen Mutsau
      Abstract: There is inadequate information with respect to the impact of innovations developed in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and how they benefit specific population segments in Zimbabwe. A study was conducted among purposively selected informal innovators to explore the benefits of their SMEs to some social groups in Zimbabwe. In-depth interviews and observation methods were used in the collection of primary data. The study findings indicated that informal innovations eased inefficiencies in crop threshing, unemployment and labour shortages through the development of affordable and efficient technologies. This study concluded that informal innovations resulted in improved income and productivity among small-scale farmers and informal innovators. The significance of the study lies in its contribution to the field of informal innovations in SMEs.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Decreasing reliance of indigenous knowledge systems in rural households -
           the case of Khambashe, Eastern Cape, South Africa
    • Authors: Tendayi C. Garutsa; Fhulu Nekhwevha
      Abstract: The gradual waning of indigenous knowledge systems represents the basis for major rethinking towards harnessing indigenous epistemology that can potentially alleviate food shortages in rural households. This article seeks to determine the factors, if any, accounting for the attrition of the gendered indigenous knowledge in food production systems in Khambashe rural households. The Foucauldian postmodern theory extended by African feminism was utilised to explore the patterns of power between gender and knowledge systems. Gender and knowledge in food production processes are embedded in systematised knowledge and gender relations. A mixed-method approach combining qualitative and quantitative research design was used in order to gain a full grasp of the various constraints that hinder utilisation of indigenous knowledge in preventing or reducing the impact of food scarcity in rural households. Chief among the identified constraints in Khambashe are the marginalisation of local knowledge by hegemonic Western science and discriminatory traditional practices. African epistemologies with the potential of improving the lives of Africans should be revisited and rebuilt.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The exclusion of black men in South African gender discourses rethinking
           gender, patriarchy and male privilege
    • Authors: Beatrice Dube
      Abstract: Gender discourses have systematically excluded black men to the extent where it becomes difficult to speak or write about them as beings that experience development and poverty in the same space and time as their female counterparts. The article examines some of the discourses on gender within South Africa and brings to the fore how the exclusive focus on women calls for a rethinking of gender, patriarchy and male privilege. While gender is now a widely recognised term and concept, the article argues that the origins of the concept still have to be taken cognisance of as they get applied in specific contexts. It argues that in South Africa the experience of apartheid and colonialism disrupted existent gender relations, rendering both black men and women disempowered beings. The article uses document analysis, the deconstruction tool, and the Marxist and socialist feminism approach to argue that capitalism, colonialism and other social aspects of the country’s development contributed to the shaping of present gender relations. The article recommends that gender discourses in South Africa should build on both black men and women’s historical experiences and identities to avoid furthering the male-female divide.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Proud to be an African
    • Authors: Erna Oliver; Willem Oliver
      Abstract: The current situation in which Africa finds herself can hardly be described and evaluated positively. The reason is to be found in the past two centuries, when this continent was colonised, enslaved and exploited. The consequences of these atrocities still have a negative effect on most of the inhabitants and governments of Africa. The environment created by these consequences tends to overshadow the illustrious past of Africa. An Akan proverb states: Se wo werefi na wo sankofa a yenkyi. In line with this, the authors suggest that the people of Africa should be taught about Africa’s past, in order to empower them and give them new hope for the future and so that Africa can claim back its rightful place in the world.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The turbulent political history of Zanzibar and its impact on contemporary
           conflict and reconciliation
    • Authors: Nicodemus Minde; Sterling Roop Kjetil Tronvoll
      Abstract: Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous state under the United Republic of Tanzania, has a long history of political conflicts since the colonial days, which also continued after the introduction of multiparty democracy in Tanzania in 1992. This article examines Zanzibar’s politics, historically defined on the basis of identity and shaped by the 1964 revolution and its union with Tanganyika. The article explores how identity, the revolution and the Union have contributed to the conflict witnessed before, during and after the introduction of multiparty elections. Through a blend of semi-structured interviews with Zanzibari leaders and actors in the reconciliation process, together with secondary literature, this article contributes to our understanding of conflict dynamics and electoral transitions in Africa. In particular, this article looks at the first multiparty elections in Zanzibar in 1995 and the first reconciliation attempts, known as Muafaka I, brokered by the Commonwealth in 1999.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Criminalisation of adultery in Cameroon - evaluation from group rights
           perspective
    • Authors: Mikano Emmanuel Kiye
      Abstract: Although Cameroonian law advocates the protection of human rights, numerous provisions are inconsistent with these values. Prior to its amendment by an egalitarian provision, Section 361 of the Penal Code, which criminalises adultery, was discriminatory. The euphoria that greeted the amendment is questionable given that, in practice, the anti-adultery law disproportionately affects women. An egalitarian adultery law cannot advance the interests of women if its underlying premise is flawed. Social stereotypes and the language of the provision have rendered its application ineffective. In the rare but unlikely event of a conviction for adultery women are disproportionately affected. The paper advocates for either the decriminalisation of adultery or for the adoption of measures aimed at mitigating the negative consequences of criminalisation.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Revisiting regional integration in Africa - towards a pan-African
           developmental regional integration
    • Authors: Vusi Gumede
      Abstract: So much has been said and written about regional integration in Africa. And there have been many efforts and initiatives towards regionally integrating Africa. While acknowledging all the valuable attempts made towards achieving the regional integration agenda, this article problematises the efforts undertaken so far and points to what have been the missing links in the successful pursuit of regional integration in Africa. Indeed, there have been different schools of thoughts (originally the Casablanca, Brazzaville and Monrovia ‘perspectives’). Hence the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) wrestled with regional integration from these different perspectives. The African Union (AU) has also had to confront more directly which approach is ideal for ‘one Africa’: one big government or a geographically united continent of Africa versus the co-existence of the diverse peoples of Africa. The article makes a case for a pan-African developmental regional integration as a political agenda grounded in African nationalism, not an economistic affair aimed at increasing market access and associated factors. The pan-African developmental regional integration agenda has to do with regional integration for the political unification of Africa. In the main, people-to-people relations should be prioritised. The article also makes the point that the various imperialisms have to be confronted if true regional integration is to become a reality. Essentially, building infrastructure, improving capacity and ensuring market access are economistic issues that do not deal with the fundamental challenges faced by the African continent, although these factors can, to some extent, assist in dealing with unemployment and poverty. It is in this context that a pan-African developmental regional integration agenda is advanced.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Phallocentrism versus feminism - a (re)-conceptualisation of Afrocentrism
           in African subjectivity
    • Authors: Christopher Babatunde Ogunyemi
      Abstract: This article reconceptualises and reappraises different perspectives and ‘gender performativity’ in the light of gender and feminist interpretation for the African woman. It clearly opines that it is expedient for different feminists to distinguish between theories so that there will be clearer focus on the subject in order to clarify and not complicate issues. For instance, some feminist critics see history as the measure for analysis of women and gender, while some will not accept history because of rigid periodisation. Deconstruction displaces the question of history because it embraces a ‘textual fidelity’ and ‘ethical concern for reading’ as its major preoccupation. Performativity places priority on ‘being’ and not the sex. With reference to Patricia McFadden, Nawal el Saadawi, Chinyere Okafor and other critics of feminism in Africa, the article makes a drastic reinterpretation of contemporary African feminism: it articulates and enthusiastically redefines the concept of Afrocentrism with reference to the African woman in order to develop new awareness for the family and marriage in order to be ‘performative’. This ostensibly valorises African subjectivities, sexualities and identities for proper articulation of concepts in African literature. This article uses the radical feminist theory expatiated by McFadden in contemporary discourse. It portends a feminist consciousness in Africa that resists the epistemologies of patriarchy, masculinities, misogyny and neo-colonialist assumptions of women suppression and relegation. The radical feminist theory provides a new theoretical framework for considering prejudice against women in African cosmology.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Accountability of non-governmental organisations in poverty alleviation
           programmes
    • Authors: Elvin Shava
      Abstract: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Zimbabwe have been widely regarded as drivers of socio-economic transformation in many poor rural communities. Their contribution has long been questioned by the government, as they were accused of being ‘agents’ of Western imperialism hiding under the ‘mask’ of development aid. This paper interrogates the aspect of accountability, which is a good-governance imperative, to assess if NGOs are transparent and accountable in managing donor funds in their poverty alleviation programmes in Mwenezi District, Zimbabwe. The paper employs a qualitative research approach that draws its data from four NGOs that were purposively selected as case studies due to their roles in poverty alleviation in the district. Data for the paper was collected using semi-structured interviews and documents: NGO staff were interviewed as key informants based on their knowledge and participation in poverty alleviation programmes. Findings of this paper revealed that NGOs struggled to uphold accountability in poverty alleviation programmes due to poor governance structures, limited skills, political interference, and poor monitoring and evaluation techniques. The implications of this paper are that for NGOs to be sustainable in the highly politicised environment in Zimbabwe, they need to effectively uphold accountability to the government and communities they serve. Whereas decentralising services is of paramount importance to increased decision making, NGOs need to portray innovative leadership, which is key to attracting donor funding.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Perspectives on the Right to Development, Carol C. Ngang, Serges Djoyou
           Kamga & Vusi Gumede (Eds.)
    • Authors: Isaac Shai
      Abstract: This book can without a doubt claim to be a complete cartographical representation of different African perspectives on the two ostensibly distinct notions of development and human rights. The book furnishes yet another invaluable contribution to these two notions, whose contours are deeply contested. For some, the notion of development as a form of social change is contingent on ‘biologism’ and as such imbricated in ‘naturalist ideology’. For others, the notion of development is attributable to ‘Marxian and Hegelian traditions in Western thought and the concept of modernity’. In this sense, ‘its emergence was a direct consequence of trying to conceptualise and mediate the appropriate relationship between Europe and its former colonies in the wake of decolonisation’. In terms of this view, the notion of development is imbricated in the historicist Hegelian theodicy which subscribes to a view of history where freedom is progressively achieved and all that is evil fades away. Yet, the notion of development continues to suffuse popular imagination as a key ontological and epistemological lodestar that influences how we conceive of our spatiotemporal positionality.
      PubDate: 2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • BRICS and Africa in perspective
    • Authors: Siphamandla Zondi
      Abstract: The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) platform has passed the ten-year mark. In the process, it has also managed to expand its presence beyond the five founding countries by reaching out to African, Euro-Asian, South-east Asian, South Asian and Latin American countries. This expansion began when South Africa hosted the BRICS summit in 2013, the first summit to take place on African soil. South Africa wisely invited a number of key African countries – representing various regions and types and sizes of economies – to an outreach meeting with BRICS leaders on the sidelines to discuss BRICS’ cooperation with Africa. This was used to firm up the process of making Africa’s interests a key part of the BRICS strategic agenda, which now includes Africa’s economic renewal, peace and security, social and human development. At both the 2013 and 2018 BRICS outreach to African countries, the leaders of African countries unanimously indicated that Africa was ready to become a key factor in the global economy, especially in relation to investment and trade that is meaningful for their peoples and the world.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • BRICS and regional industrialisation in Southern Africa - partner or
           spoiler' The case of China
    • Authors: David Monyae; Fritz Nganje
      Abstract: This paper argues that the evolution of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was marred by the fundamental question of the regional development. Since its inception, the SADC sought development by pursuing different models of industrialisation. The bold move by the SADC to launch an industrialisation strategy begged many questions. Among these lie the lessons the SADC could learn from China as a long-term strategic partner in the liberation struggle against colonialism and apartheid. However, the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), and particularly China, presents the region with a Janus-faced scenario; while it plays a positive role in constructing a win-win solution in matters of trade, peace and security in its interaction with the region, it also erodes the region’s infant sectors such as textiles. China’s attempts to consult new trading routes, through its famous One Belt One Road, represents a great opportunity for the SADC’s quest for regional integration, development, peace and security.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Exploring the political economy of water and food security nexus in BRICS
    • Authors: Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie; Thulisile Numisile Mphambukeli Samuel Olalere Amusan
      Abstract: Access to water and food remains critical to the survival and stability of any nation. Insecurity of food and unequal distribution of water rights are active drivers of instability and violent conflicts. These crises are no less evident in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Studies addressing the crises in BRICS are localised, making the articulation of water and food policy for BRICS as a body a necessity. This paper therefore undertakes a review of the political economy of the water and food security nexus in BRICS. In doing so, the paper identifies areas of cooperation and collaboration, such as virtual water importation and reduction of the water footprint, among BRICS. The paper also offers policy options in the context of the BRICS long-term strategy.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • South Africa and BRICS in a multipolar world - towards a diffusion of
           power and ideas'
    • Authors: Philani Mthembu
      Abstract: The following article outlines the various changes taking place at the global level, involving the role of both state and non-state actors. It argues that multipolarity will lead not only to a diffusion of material power, but also to a diffusion of ideas as Southern powers are increasingly called upon to contribute as norm entrepreneurs and problem solvers in the international development landscape. In order to position themselves to contribute not only in the realm of material power, but also in the realm of ideas, Southern powers will be tested to reconfigure themselves internally towards more inclusive decision making at home, which extends beyond state actors. In South Africa, the full operationalisation of structures such as the South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR) and the Association of Former Ambassadors could allow the country to contribute to inclusive foreign policy making at home, and towards inclusive decision making in various global governance institutions. It is argued that the operationalisation of these, or similar types of institutions has the potential to boost institutional memory within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and to promote South Africa’s role as a norm entrepreneur and source of ideas for the various challenges confronting the global political and economic landscape. Institutions that reflect the ethos of SACOIR and the Association of Former Ambassadors are thus more likely to ensure greater coordination between the various diplomatic tracks and foster more buy in for the country’s engagements at the global level.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • South Africa’s image in Africa and the impact on its BRICS-Africa
           relationships
    • Authors: Arina Muresan
      Abstract: It is important to use South Africa’s image through public diplomacy and nation branding as a litmus test in order to determine how its actions may impact on the message that it desires to communicate. South African leaders have said repeatedly that Africa is pivotal to its foreign policy and engagement in international relations; moreover, it is anticipated that South Africa’s positioning in Africa and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) may provide the continent with a different angle to exercise agency. Therefore, this paper asks how South Africa may learn to use its desired image and credibility to remain a strategic role player in the BRICS-Africa geopolitical landscape. This is particularly important, as Brazil, Russia, India and China have illustrated through their interactions in Africa that they do not need South Africa to sustain successful partnerships in Africa.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The BRICS and the transformation of global governance - a decolonial
           perspective
    • Authors: Siphamandla Zondi
      Abstract: What is the agenda of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) platform' And what is its potential for transforming global governance towards one that works for all, especially in the developing world' In response to these questions, this paper suggests that we place BRICS within the context of debates in the global South about global alternatives, including critical perspectives on globalisation, which is the context that shapes our perspective on global governance. The paper uses a decolonial analytic lens, which privileges historical continuity and structural-agency analysis, to identify key nodes of the South ideal for alternative globalisation to guide our analysis in response to the question: Does BRICS have the potential to contribute to transforming the system of global governance' After suggesting ways of understanding the problems of global governance and globalisation, the paper presents four critical steps towards a new global governance system that BRICS might consider in catalysing the global reforms expected.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01T00:00:00Z
       
 
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