Teaching journalists to cover HIV and AIDS in a way that focuses on the broader question of their role in democracy-building

Marietjie Oelofsen of Idasa-GAP says the curriculum development project with UNESCO is a continuation of Idasa-GAP’s consideration of the role of journalists in unlocking resources across communities to deal with the challenges of HIV and AIDS. “It will look at the potential of journalism education to prepare journalists to generate a public conversation about citizens’ common concerns around HIV and AIDS and how the media can become a catalytic force to enable citizens to become co-creators in developing solutions to address HIV and AIDS and other developmental concerns.” Click here for more information.


Malawi hopes to boost agriculture with CAADP

Malawi’s celebrated agriculture input subsidy programme has transformed the country from a recipient of food aid into a net exporter of maize. To sustain this high level of agricultural productivity, the country is aligning its policy with an Africa-wide programme for agriculture – the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Through Malawi’s CAADP Compact, Agricultural Sector Wide Approach, Malawi is expecting to get more resources from donors to complement government’s resources to improve productivity in the farming sector, which is led by smallholder farmers. Read more here.

Join network of Democracy Practitioners and Scholars working in Africa

Join Idasa’s network of Democracy Practitioners and Scholars working in Africa.

Network with others on the Continent, working on democracy and governance.


Make Decentralization Integral to Development

Local government functionaries are important to pursue socio-economic development agenda through effective decentralization. Government of Ghana is focusing on improving the revenue ability of local government authority and pursuing the socio-economic development agenda through effective decentralization. Allocation of resources, transferred from the central administration to the districts, is important to improve the agriculture sector of the country.

UGANDA: Pressure Mounts to Make Public Oil Agreements

Uganda’s members of parliament (MPs) are pressurizing government to make public details of oil production-sharing agreements it signed with various international oil companies. Concerns have been raised by various government officials and civil society organizations (CSOs) over the fairness of the deal. There is a major concern if the revenue from oil going to be used unfairly; rather than in improving important sectors such as agriculture and education, according to most analysts. Read this story here.

Oil and Governance in Africa

A Case Study of Chad, Angola, Gabon, and Sao Tome é Principe

This report describes the context in which political power is exercised in the four countries that are the subject of the study. It will show how policies are shaped and how one might engage with – and perhaps change – the political processes at work. It is hoped that by isolating these socio-political forces, avenues for public participation, effective advocacy and positive engagement may be found. The focus is on what can be done to change the political process. The audience for this report is not limited to civil society actors. Civil society on its own will not be able to confront and resolve the challenges faced in oil-rich countries. The main actors in this arena are governments, MNCs, international funding agencies, donors, local and international NGOs, and, of course, the people. All face constraints and challenges that are unique to their domain. It is hoped that this report will resonate with all these stakeholders.

Download the electronic copy here or contact Shahieda on shendricks@idasa.org.za to order a hardcopy of this book.


The Backpack Farm Program contains all the necessary materials to get started in farming, including seeds of drought resistant and local crop varieties, a drip Irrigation Kit, a 500 litre collapsible water tank, plant nutrition, pesticides, and tools. The program aims to help Kenyans feed themselves through eco-friendly farming. Read the story here.