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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 appropria…

Seychelles: The 2011 Seychelles Presidential Elections 19-21 May 2011

"In line with its vision for an African continent where democratic governance, human rights and citizen participation are upheld in a peaceful environment, EISA deployed a three-member technical assessment team to the Seychelles presidential electio…

Egypt The People's Assembly and Shura Council Elections November 2011 - February 2012

"The elections covered in this report are the first post 'Arab Spring' parliamentary elections in Egypt. The 25 January 2011 'day of rage' protests in Egypt started with young people mobilising to demand the freedom to express their political rights…

Peace Processes in Côte D’Ivoire: Democracy and Challenges of Consolidating Peace After the Post-Electoral Crisis

“The attainment of full democracy remains elusive to even some of the greatest nations in the world. The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, which experienced a violent post-electoral crisis (November 2010 to April 2011) within the midst of 19 ye…

BIDPA Newsletter December 2010

"In this newsletter, BIDPA welcomes a new Executive Director; BIDPA & World Bank Co-host ICT dialogue; there is an Open Budget Index – Botswana launch; Regional project - FOPRISA winds up; and BIDPA hosts ‘SACU at 100 Years’ Commemoration. Also incl…

Conflict Trends Issue 2 2007

"This issue of Conflict Trends focuses on leadership in Africa, since leadership is one of the many factors that influence conflicts. This is even more significant in Africa and other parts of the developing world, where broad-based governance with…

The State of the Region Security Sector Governance in Southern Africa

"The aim of this conference was to explore dynamics that influence the democratic governance of the security sector in Southern Africa. The 1990s was a period of democratic transition for many states in Southern Africa. These transitions often enta…

Political Parties and Governance in Zimbabwe

"This paper argues that the democratisation process in Zimbabwe has been halted by the inability of ZANU-PF to transform itself from a liberation political movement to a functional, democratic political party. The adherence of ZANU-PF to socialist …

The Quest for Happiness as an Underlying Motive for Violent Conflict in Africa

Violent conflicts continue to be a major feature of much of Africa’s political landscape. Not only are Africa’s conflicts increasing, but they are also interpreted and theorized in varied ways, with irreducible discrepancies. In the dominant litera…

Zimbabwe Conflict Insight

Between gaining independence from the British in April 1980 and 21 November 2017, the Republic of Zimbabwe was ruled by Robert Mugabe, the leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANUPF). Two decades after independence, Zimbab…

The African Democracy Charter at 11: Averting Democratic Deconsolidation

This policy briefing analyses the normative strengthening of democracy in Africa since the inception of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. Africa’s stated goal of optimising its democratic processes remains a work in progres…

Rising Democracies, Burden-Sharing, and the International Liberal Order

The international liberal order based on collectively securing peace, promoting development, and protecting human rights is facing a major stress test. With the decline of U.S. leadership, a weakening Europe, and the rise of authoritarian China a…

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