Platform for Alternatives Methodologies
Edited by Mirjam de Bruijn
surprisingly, both were won by the regime in power. All available data on the social situation presented a miserable picture. President Bozizé tried to diversify his international ties, both in the sub-region and beyond.
economic growth, although present gains are threatened by a recent reduction in employment in the textile sector and by long-term threats such as HIV/AIDS.
Hirschler, Kurt and Hofmeier, Rolf
orientation of gradual reform policies remained practically unchanged. Neither the domestic political arena nor the foreign policy field presented any outstanding challenges. Despite the partial effects of drought and recurrent power shortages, economic performance remained satisfactory.
in both the Atlantic archipelagos and Africa. The government successfully presented the country as a reliable and relevant partner in several international forums. The important tourism industry began to recover from its decline in the previous year. New investments were concentrated in banking and
Hahonou, Eric Komlavi
dismissed by the judiciary in both France and Benin. Political debate was dominated by the president’s proposals for a revision of the Constitution, which were widely seen as part of his alleged ambition to go for a third term (the present constitution stipulating a two-term limit). A series of cabinet
Hackenesch, Christine and Keijzer, Niels
epas, which had dragged on for an additional seven years after the passing of the initial negotiations deadline in December 2007. The Ebola crisis presented formidable challenges to Africa that went far beyond the states and people directly affected by the outbreak. Migration continued to be high on
partners, China and India took centre stage in international relations. Given its strategic location, Mauritius was also positioning itself as a gateway to Africa. Growing inequality and poverty presented the potential risk of social explosion. Despite efforts to alleviate poverty, the country experienced
The year 2005 presented the same dreadful scenario for Côte d'Ivoire as the previous two years – deep political crisis and upheaval, punctuated by violent escalations and the ever present risk of deterioration into open war. Politics were focused on the presidential election planned for 31 October
The contest for the up-coming head of state elections emerged as a prominent political feature during the year, which in terms of domestic politics presented no surprises. The results of the 2009 parliamentary elections continued to be contested in a prolonged legal battle. Poverty remained a