Promoting the Effectiveness of Democracy Protection Institutions in Southern Africa - South Africa's Public Protector and the Human Rights Commision

"The primary object of the study was to evaluate progress in the advancement and protection of democracy and constitutional rights through the work of selected state institutions established to fulfil these functions. Empirical research was conducted by researchers in each country between March and July 2009 into two institutions – the Office of the Ombudsman and the national human rights commission – in the eight countries. The study assessed the regulatory framework, performance and capacity of these two institutions in order to ascertain the contribution that, once established, they make to enhancing and promoting citizen rights and contributing to more vibrant and rights-based democracies."