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Southern Africa

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Augsburg College, Center for Global Education - Study in Southern Africa
For undergraduates they have programs in Namibia and South Africa. The College, in Minneapolis, MN, is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Churcn (US).

Civnet (New York, NY)
In English and French. Civitas is " international, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting civic education and civil society."

Has articles from its Journal such as -
Civil society in Africa: the good, the bad, the ugly. by E. Gyimah-Boadi.
Africa's successful renaissance, by Karl Maier. 
Africa's failed renaissance
, by George Ayittey.
The various states of democracy in Swaziland, South Africa, and Angola by Linda Moscarella (May 1997).
Democracy is developing in Southern Africa through a variety of venues by David Pitts.
Has reports from their 1997 conference, Civitas Africa. Among its historical documents are excerpts from Nelson Mandela's 1991 address on human rights.

Cold War International History Project
Established at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.), supports the release of historical materials by governments, seeks to disseminate new perspectives on Cold War history.

Has full text reports - New Evidence on the Cold War in Southern Africa Havana's Policy in Africa, 1959-76: New Evidence from Cuban Archives, by Piero Gleijeses Fidel Castro's 1977 Southern Africa Tour: A Report to Honecker Moscow and the Angolan Crisis, by Odd Arne Westad Soviet Documents on Angola and Southern Africa, 1975-1979

COMESA, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
"COMESA [formerly the PTA] exists as an organisation of free independent sovereign states which have agreed to co-operate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of all their people'. With its 19 member states and population of 300 million it forms a major integrated trading block." Has information on customs tariffs by country, road/transport including road distances, economic profiles for each country (Angola, Burundi, Comoros, D.R. Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) etc. Has the text of Doing Business with COMESA: the Handbook, legal guides to establishing business, etc.

Foreign relations of the United States, 1964-1968. Volume 24, Africa.
Editors, Nina Davis Howland, David S. Patterson.Washington, D.C. : Office of the Historian, U.S. Dept. of State, 1999. Full text primary documents (letters, telegrams, memoranda, etc.) regarding U.S. relations with Africa. Includes the entire continent plus Ghana, the Horn of Africa, Nigeria, Southern Africa, South Africa, Portuguese Africa, Rhodesia. (Dept. of State Publication 10627). [KF]

Fortune, George - University of Florida, George Fortune Collection
Razia Nanji, formerly Univ. of Florida African Language Selector, has prepared a contents list for the George Fortune collection (language and literature, Xhosa, Swahili, Ndebele, Zulu, Chinyanja. Lozi, Luvale, esp. Shona and other languages):

Howard University - South African Research Archival Project, SARAP
University of Fort Hare and Howard University project to document linkages between Americans and South Africans, principally African Americans, during the anti-apartheid movement. Search the database of collection nventories. Based in Washington, D.C.

Collections include -
African National Congress (Washington DC and U.N. Mission records)
Pan Africanist Congress United Nations Mission Records
Records of the U.S. House Sub-Committee on Africa in the Charles C. Diggs Papers Southern Africa Support Project Collection
Southern African References in the American Society of African Culture Collection The U.S. National Archives United States Economic Files (1945-1973)

International Development Research Centre, Acacia Initiative
IDRC (Ottawa, Canada) initiated project (with international partners) to empower sub-Saharan African communities to apply information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social and economic development. It has reports on rural connectivity, education (distance learning, cellular connectivity, Uninet, SchoolNet), income generation, governance, health, internet access, national strategies for Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa. Has a discussion list, acacia-L; past discussions are on the web site.

International Development Research Centre, Connectivity, Southern Africa  (Ottawa, Canada)
Mainly on school connectivity. Maintained by Chris Geerdts.

International Development Research Centre, South Africa Regional Office
Sponsors a Southern Africa Connectivity Project.

Journal of Southern African Studies.
Information on submitting articles, subscribing, editorial board members and their affiliations.

Journal of Southern African Studies List. jsas-open
A "list for discussion amongst readers of the Journal of Southern African Studies of the Journal's contents and Southern African issues generally." The list owner is Colin Stoneman, email address:
Web site:
To join jsas-open visit:
Leave the Subject area blank. In the Message area put: join jsas-open firstname(s) lastname

Made in SADC News Service
Investment, business news on SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe. For each country has basic information, investment, trade information, useful addresses. Has past news releases.

Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa
"...established in 1997, is an independent institute... on the region of Southern Africa. NiZA also funds projects in the region and mediates for the support of projects by others." Publishes newsletters in Dutch (NIZA Newsletter, Newsletter Amsterdam-Beira, Zuidelijk Afrika magazine), has a list of monographic publications. Its library issues many bibliographies (some free, some for sale).

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, OSISA In English and Portuguese. Non-profit foundation established by George Soros. Provides grants to organizations. Operates in Angola, Mozambique; Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland; Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Programs in Human Rights and Democracy Building; Media; Education; Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); Economic Justice. Has Guidelines for Proposal Writing and Preparing Budgets. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Project on Defense Alternatives, PDA (Cambridge, MA)
The PDA and the Study Group on Alternative Security Policy, (Bonn, Germany) provide the full-text of two reports, "Building Confidence into the Security of Southern Africa" and "Key Issues in Current South African Defense Planning". The reports concern the direction of South African defence planning and the development of regional military co-operation.

SADC Barometer (Johannesburg)
Published by the South African Institute of International Affairs. Full text issues on-line. Topics covered include trade, transport, regional integration, HIV / AIDS, the food crisis, women's empowerment in Southern Africa. Includes maps, charts. Receive issues by email.

SADC Parliamentary Forum
The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum is a regional inter parliamentary body composed of twelve parliaments - Angola Botswana Lesotho Malawi Mauritius Mozambique Namibia South Africa Swaziland Tanzania Zambia and Zimbabwe. It "developed and adopted Electoral Norms and Standards for the SADC region." Full text documents such as "Declaration of Principles FOR International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers" Profiles of member parliaments. Links to related SADC sites. Based in Windhoek, Namibia.

SADC Today (Harare)
Full text articles on economic, political and sporting event in Southern Africa. Published by SARDC, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre on behalf of the SADC Secratariat in Gaborone, Botswana.

SAIMMIG.CALS - Southern African Migration Discussion Group
Discussion email list started by Jonathan Klaaren, while at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Univ. of the Witwatersrand, on legal and policy issues related to Southern African migration/immigration. To subscribe send email to:
In the message area put: subscribe saimmig.cals

Or send email to:

Site for the NGO sector in South Africa. Has an NGO directory, PRODDER. Provides Website Design, Hosting, Database Design for civil society organizations. Offers internet training, information communication technology (ICT) strategic planning, linux local area networks setup. Based in Johannesburg.

The Trust promotes regional scholarship and publications, public debate and policy dialogue on critical political and socio-economic problems which affect the SADC region. Areas of research include peace and security, environment, land reform, economic policy, gender, social policy, governance. Publishes the magazine, Southern Africa Political and Economic Monthly. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

South African Airways
One can get a Personal Aviation Kit (trip planner) giving flight times for certain dates to specific cities, info on weather, sightseeing, business/financial info, transport, immigration. Alot of information here; they even have a mailing list.

Southern Africa Information Access, Inc. - Africa in Washington
SAIA has a directory of U.S. government Africa-related programs and activities, a directory of Africa-related agencies and activities in Washington, D.C., and parliamentary/legislative information, edited by Ray Copson. Maintained by Russell Ayers.

Southern Africa Report (Toronto, Canada)
Long established print magazine, by the editorial collective of the Toronto Committee for Links Between Southern Africa and Canada. Full text articles from July 1992 to October 2000. Find articles by author, country, subject, full text search. Analysis of events in Southern Africa and the policies of Canada and other western governments relevant to Southern African countries.

Southern African Customs Union, SACU
"(SACU) consists of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland...established in 1910..." Text of agreements, press releases, WTO | Trade policy review - Southern African Customs Union reports (1998, 2003), etc. Based in Windhoek, Namibia.

Southern African Development Community (SADC)
In English, French, Portuguese. Members are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Has full text reports, including statistics, on these sectors: Culture, Information and Sport, Regional Drug Control Programme, Gender, Health, Human Resources, Development, Employment and Labour, Transport, Communications, Meteorology, Tourism. Also links to other SADC units/organizations, full text issues (in Adobe pdf) of its magazine, SADC Today. Based in Gaborone, Botswana.

Southern African Development Community, SADC
From MBendi Information Services. Background of SADC, very useful basic and directory information.

Southern African Development Community. Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology SADC-SQAM

Southern African Migration Project
A research programme to facilitate the formulation of new policy initiatives on migration in Southern Africa and to promote awareness of the role/contributions of foreign immigrants of African origin in South Africa. The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA. Partners include Queen's University (Canada) and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, IDASA. Has the full text of some articles and reports.

Southern African Regional Poverty Network
Established by the Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria. Its purpose is "To provide a facility for raising the level and quality of public debate on poverty across the Southern African Development Community - SADC." Has poverty issues by country and poverty indicators by country. [KF]

Southern African Renewable Energy Information Network
Co-operation between the European Union and Southern African countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe).

Southern African Research and Documentation Centre, SARDC
" independent regional information centre involved in the collection, production and dissemination of information about the SADC region." Access is slow. Has a free online database of citations to books, monographs, journal articles, government publications on democracy. Has a directory of experts on the environment. Its Interaise Database has more than 300 citations (with abstracts) on environmental and natural resources assessment reports on southern Africa. Lists their publications including SADC Today. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Southscan (London)

E-version of the respected print bulletin of Southern African affairs. Has the table of contents for issues from 1994+