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Lessons from Electoral Management and Processes in West Africa

"This paper summarises the observations and findings of a comparative study of the contribution of electoral commissions (ECs) to the strengthening of democracy in West Africa, carried out in 2009–2010. The study was conducted in six countries, …

China's Lusophone connection

"In October 2003, unnoticed by the rest of the world, Macau hosted the first ministerial meeting of the Forum for Trade and Economic Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (hereafter referred to as the Macau Forum), bringing tog…

Juventude (des)Interessada? Perspetivas dos Jovens Sobre a Democracia e a Governança em Cabo Verde / Youth (un)Interested? Young People's Perspectives on Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde

According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (2019), trends with regard to promoting youth integration in Africa are worrying. Considering that in 2019, around 60% of the continent's population was under the age of 25, the socio-economic integration of yo…

Shielding Elections from Presidential Influence: Lessons from Cabo Verde, Comoros and Madagascar

Cabo Verde and Madagascar require a sitting president seeking re-election to step aside in the run-up to the polls. Electoral observers have found that this little-known practice in the two island nations has helped level the electoral playing fiel…

Trust in Institutions, Evaluations of Government Performance decline in Cabo Verde / Confiança nas instituições, avaliações do declínio do desempenho do governo em Cabo Verde

For 15 years after independence, Cabo Verde’s one-party regime did not allow for the evaluation of politicians by citizens. The establishment of a democratic regime from 1991 onwards birthed a new form of relationship between elected leaders and v…

Cabo Verdeans want more Government Action Against Corruption / Cabo Verdeanos querem mais ação do governo contra a corrupção

Cabo Verde has long enjoyed a reputation for financial transparency and severe sanctions against fraud, bolstered by its independent central bank, independent judiciary, and Court of Auditors. Despite a few corruption scandals involving current an…

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