Africa's Democracy: "Is the Environment Enabling or Disenabling"

The State of the Union Report addresses what lies above and below Africa’s current development trajectory. Too often we only ask what must be done and how it should be done but we seldom ask why our development efforts sometimes works in a sustained way and fail so spectacularly as we are seeing in North Africa and the very different responses of government (Bahrain and Libya). The likely outcomes raise the question even more sharply. Bhekinkosi Moyo from Trust Africa presented the findings of the publication on Dis (enabling) the public sphere, civil society regulation in Africa. The study was commissioned to fully understand the regulatory environment under which civil society operate in Africa. The relationship between the citizens and the state, as well as that between organised formations and their governments has varied and continues to vary from country to country.