8 December 2008
In October, grantees researching the impact of HIV/AIDS in the security sector – from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal – discussed the difficulties they encountered working with sensitive data and dealing with institutions that d. [...] It is the responsibility of the AU, SADC and the international community – but it is also the task of the people of Swaziland themselves – to put pressure on the monarchy to transform into a modern democracy. [...] During an election campaign the people are the masters with the power to decide who should represent them and the candidates promise to be the servants of the people. [...] The aims of these workshops were to enable participants to track spending against policy declarations; to assert citizens’ demands and priorities in the budget decision-making process; and to build the skills of members of the legislatures to participate effectively and fully in these decision-making procedures. [...] Focusing on applied budget capacity-building within parliament, it was conducted in response to a request by the National Assembly of Chad, under the sponsorship of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to provide critical thinking about the role that the legislature can play in the budget process in Chad, as well as in the broad economic management of the country.