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Political Parties: Development and Change in Malawi

"Multiparty democracy is becoming increasingly entrenched in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)region. The first stage of the programme focused on political parties and attempted to answer whether the transition improved the effect...

Political Parties and Democratisation in the Southern African Development Community Region: The Weakest Link?

"This report sketches out historical and contemporary trends in respect of the internal functioning of political parties in Southern Africa. There is no doubt that political parties play a key role in the democratization process. Furthermore, poli...

Political Parties and Democracy in Mauritius

"The main objectives of this study were to analyze the internal functioning of political parties and to understand how the external regulatory framework impacts on democratic political culture in Mauritius. The study demonstrates that the major po...

Political Parties and Democratic Governance in South Africa

"This report will focus on the six most popular of these organizations, namely: the ruling party ANC, its principal opponent the DA, the IFP, the UDM, Independent Democrats, and the African Christian Democratic Party. The report compares the way...

Political Parties and Democratisation in Lesotho

"This study provides an analysis of the state of political parties in Lesotho. In investigating the state of parties we also pose a related question regarding the impact of party operations on the country’s democratization process. This study is n...

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 7

This election update has several articles on the events of the elections in each province in South Africa. The articles were written by several authors. Dirk Kotze discussed the Election phase in 2004. Rod Alence wrote about the 2004 elections an...

The Impact of Democracy on Public Participation in the SADC Region

"This paper grapples with the complex interconnection and interface between public participation and democratic governance on the African continent in general and South Africa in particular, after a decade of electoral democracy. The first section...

Reviewing good governance towards a methodology for the African Peer Review Mechanism

"The African commitment to good governance and the establishment of the APRM under Nepad was crucial in persuading the West (especially the G8 countries) to support the new initiative, and, more importantly, there is also a real need for such a re...

Parties and Political Transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"The aim of this research report is to try and understand the political parties in the DRC revealing how their history, nature, structures, functioning and processes impact on democratic governance in the country. Three categories of weakness emer...

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Political Parties in the SADC Region Through Public Outreach Programmes: Focus on Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zambia

"The study seeks to examine whether or not political parties have public outreach programmes and how they develop and implement these programmes. It also seeks to assess the impact of such public outreach programmes, where these exist, on sustaini...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Zimbabwe

"The conceptual point of departure is the problematic question of whether the political and socio-economic processes under way in Zimbabwe amount to a consolidation of democratic governance. In short, to what extent does the country conform to or ...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Botswana

"This research report analyses the consolidation of democratic governance in Botswana. It is part of a larger study on consolidating democratic governance in Southern Africa. The report gives extensive coverage of political representation and acco...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Lesotho

"The overall conclusion drawn from this study is that although gaps and deficits can still be identified – especially in the areas of equity in the distribution of national resources, greater commitment to gender equity and enhanced capacity for s...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Malawi

"This report analyses the functioning of a number of institutional building blocks for democracy in Malawi and assesses how stable and functional they are. The report does not delve into issues pertaining to ‘stateness’ and ‘nationhood’ although t...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region: Swaziland

"This research report aims to investigate the state of democracy and governance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, posing a key question as to whether or not the region has undergone democratic transition and, if so, posi...

Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The methodology used in this study revolves around a comparative analysis of existing electoral models in the seven selected countries. This report chronicles the workings of various electoral systems or models in place in these countries and the...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region: Mauritius

The reports starts with a brief introduction to Mauritius, outlining aspects such as its current economic situation, the major political milestones since independence in 1968, and the Mauritian stance with regard to its regional and international ...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region : Transitions and Prospects for Consolidation

"The main point of departure for this regional research enterprise is the recognition that the entire African continent and the SADC region in particular, have made tremendous strides towards the embracing and institutionalisation of multi-party...

The Impact of Democracy in Mozambique: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy

"Does democracy enhance the process of development in Mozambique? This report attempts to answer this question through analysing different types of data. Specifically, it examines how democratic institutions have increased accountability and effic...

In Search of Sustainable Democratic Governance for Africa: does democracy work for developing countries?

"The 2007 symposium built upon the fascinating policy debates that participants started during the inaugural symposium. The main purpose was to deepen the debate and to tease out relevant policy interventions. They focused on how best democratic ...

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