In 2007 Transformation Audit – Leadership and Legitimacy, we see a paradox: normally in democracies, economic and employment growth see higher ratings for government. But public confidence seems to be severely shaken. Confidence in leaders, and above all in reprensentative instituitions, has dropped sharply. Government and the ruling party face the imperative of healing the rifts opened by the protracted leadership battle, and regaining the trust both have lost. Over all, our scorecards show policy inroads into crucial areas of concern for the poor, but increasingly it is the hearts of South Africans that are disaffected.
South Africans are struggling to characterise the times we are living through. Is this a time of deepening grievance, of political patronage and plunder – or a season of hope and previously unimaginable opportunity for most?
The 2006 Transformation Audit – Money and Morality focuses on accountability, corruption and its costs.
Economic Transformation Audit 2005 – Conflict and Governance interrogates the manner in which South Africa’s economy is transforming the country’s political and social landscape. It scrutinises the data for directions of development and pointers for future policy.
This edition mobilises acknowledged experts in these areas to apply high-calibre political and statistical analysis to the existing data, in order to analyse and quantify economic transformation.
An Audit of Police Oversight in Africa is a comprehensive audit of police oversight in every country on the African continent. The audit provides insight into the diversity of police oversight in Africa and the challenges it faces. Through this publication APCOF also seeks to highlight the importance of policing oversight in its ongoing efforts to promote reform or transform police agencies into organisations that are effective and efficient but also respectful of peoples’ and human rights.
Released in December of 2010, the tenth round of the SA Reconciliation Barometer found notable improvements in evaluations of reconciliation across many of the six key indicators tested by the survey. However, since the first round which was conducted in 2003, perceptions related to human security have declined overall, with potential consequences for social relations.
In recent years, joint policing operations between countries and the development of regional organisations such as the SA Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) have resulted in increasing regionalisation and transnationalisation of policing. Just as the increasing privatisation of security has highlighted new challenges for issues of accountability, so too has the regionalisation and transnationalisation of policing taken the debate on police accountability into different spheres, and introduced new questions on who needs to hold whom accountable and by what means. The papers presented in this publication address these emerging issues as well as cross-border policing in general.
The utility of a better understanding of the challenges and issues for policing in new regional and transnational settings are similar to those of policing anywhere. It has value in the broader issues of governance accountability and in the more practical issues of police effectiveness and efficiency.