The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a grantee of the Zim Alliance, filed a joint petition on behalf of civil society organizations in Zimbabwe this weekend during a meeting for the SADC Heads of State Special Sumimt on Zimbabwe.
Download the petition under "Attachments" below.
Over the past decade, governance assessments have become increasingly important tools in Africa for monitoring whether governments are failing or succeeding in their commitments in legislation, government policies and international law. A workshop gathering civil society, development practitioners and research institutes will focus on civil society's involvement in governance assessments and explore how these tools can better influence governance and policy processes, and hold governments accountable.
Post-independence states on the continent and indeed worldwide are increasingly seeing the convening and mobilising power of civil society as a threat to their authority. As pressure has mounted from groups that are tired of being viewed as third-class citizens in their own countries, an increasing number of States are resorting to violent crackdowns, using and mis-using domestic laws and regulations as well as the state security apparatus to assert their authority.
Date: March 13, 2012
Location: Bamako, Dakar, Niamey, Lomé and Ouagadougou
Higher education stakeholders to forge a 'social contract'
by Karen MacGregor
13 January 2013, University World News Global Edition Issue 254
By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja
November 9, 2012 - Academic intellectuals from across West Africa have raised concerns about the decay of education system in Africa.
At a two-day consultative policy dialogue in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, they are specifically reviewing the concept of world class institutions, international cooperation and global networking amongst African universities.
The policy dialogue is jointly organized by TrustAfrica and the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities with the aim of improving the higher education system in Africa.