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Ebrahim Fakir

Ebrahim Fakir is currently Manager of Governance Institutions and Processes at the Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa (EISA). He is also Research Associate of the African Legislatures Project at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Social Science Research and was formerly Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg (2003-2009), and at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) [1998-2003]. He writes on politics, the state, governance, democracy and development and is used as an analyst, commentator and facilitator by the national and international media, business and other organisations. He read for a degree in English Literature at the University Witwatersrand; Johannesburg where he was elected on to the Students Representative Council and was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex. 




  • Political Analysis
  • Policy Processes
  • Political Parties
  • Elections
  • Local Governance
  • Legislative Institutional Rules and Process Development
  • Oversight and Accountability
  • Media and Society

Library Articles

Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Political Party Performance for Democratic Governance in Africa

"The main premise for the fifth symposium was the acknowledgement that political parties are the cornerstones of representative democracy. Political parties and party systems are necessary for functioning democratic governance systems, and appropriately designed political systems that are free, open and rights-based help to enhance effective democratic governance. Political parties are one...

The Impact of Democracy in Botswana: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the Dawn of Democracy

Published: 2009
"Botswana achieved independence from Britain more than 40 years ago and much has changed in Botswana since that time. This paper reports on the state of development in Botswana over the past 10 to 15 years, and looks at whether democracy has led to improvements in people’s lives. The paper also investigates the views of ordinary citizens on development and democracy in Botswana. The paper...

Democratic Decision-Making and Development at the Local Level: Lessons from rural Botswana

"This paper attempts to understand the relationship between deliberative democracy, on the one hand, and local or community-level development on the other, with specific reference to Botswana. In essence, the paper seeks to answer the following two questions: 1. Can deliberative democracy and participation make development projects more community-oriented and community-based? 2. To what...

Election Update South Africa 2009 No 1

"The update provides relevant information around the electoral process and in that way promotes political dialogue among key actors, including civil society organisations, political parties, the election management body and monitors and observers. The overall goal of the Election Update project is to provide useful information on elections regarding numerous issues emanating from the 2009...

Advancing South Africa's Agenda through the 'African Agenda'

Published: 2007
"This policy brief seeks to explore the strategic significance for South Africa of pursuing its ‘African Agenda’ through engagement within the affairs of the African continent. It argues that South Africa’s advancement of the ‘African Agenda’ and its programme of action, serve the multiple role of: promoting the continentalist orientation of the country’s post-apartheid leadership; promoting...

Public Service Delivery in a Democratic, Developmental State

Published: 2007
"This paper focuses on the notion of service delivery by the public service in a democratic developmental state. The public service in a democratic developmental state essentially focuses not only on the delivery of services, but it is also crucial for economic and social development. It contributes to development by providing the essential services and basic infrastructure necessary to help...

Synopsis Policy Studies Bulletin of CPS Vol 8 No 3, December 2006

"The focus of the seminar was on South Africa, whose nature can be characterised as transformed, yet still transforming, but one that has effected shifts from a closed, exclusionary society structurally defined by racial oppression functionally operating on the basis of exploitation and subjugation - to one that is open,democratic and underpinned by a mutually reinforcing set of rights and...

Common Property Resources and Privatisation Trends in Southern Africa

"Access to common property resources (CPRs) is a significant part of the land resource base and therefore the livelihoods of many poor rural people. However, despite their central importance, CPRs are declining throughout the world due to neglect, under- investment, expropriation and mismanagement. Other factors contributing to this phenomenon include inappropriate policies and weak...