Reports by theme : Political participation
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Benin: Democracy and political participation - An evaluation of 20 years of 'democratic renewal'
AfriMAP & OSIWA
24 March 2010

Twenty years after the unrolling of a process of democratisation that began with the most successful \\\'Sovereign national conference\\\' of the 1990s, what is the state of democracy and political participation in Benin? This is the question that this report attempts to answer. Benin: Democracy and political participation is the first and most complete analysis of the Beninois political system seen from the perspective of the quality of citizen participation in the politicial process, and the obstacles to this participation. The report is currently available in French only but a translation will be prepared.

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DRC Congo- Democracy and political participation: Assessment of the first steps into the 3rd Republic
AfriMAP & OSISA
30 November 2010

This study on democracy and political participation in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Leslie Mombo and Professors Ngoma and Yahisule concludes that the reformation of the state as an effective entity must start with a wider participation of its citizens in public affairs. They further argue that violation of the fundamental principles of democracy and the weakness of political participation in the DRC have contributed to the ongoing political crisis that began in the mid-1990s, exacerbated by the civil strife and general instability that ravaged the country. The study is the most comprehensive analysis on democratic governance since the 2006 presidential and legislative elections. The conclusions of the study show that there are opposing trends to the levels of political commitment towards governance and democratic consolidation in the third republic. The report therefore, proposes concrete recommendations to re-establish the fundamental principles of democracy and political participation. It also argues that the adoption of these recommendations is fundamental to the success of the upcoming polls in DRC in 2011.

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Ghana: Democracy and Political Participation
AfriMAP and OSIWA
22 June 2007

Since civilian government was restored to Ghana in 1993, perhaps the country’s most notable achievement has been the progressive improvement of electoral management and the increasing acceptance of election results as fair by participants and observers alike. Oversight of governance by parliament and independent institutions has improved; participation of civil society in decision making has increased; and the independent media have flourished.

These are the conclusions of this report, based on a year’s field research coordinated, with its companion volume Ghana: Justice Sector and the Rule of Law, by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG).

Nevertheless, there are important recommendations for action, including the need to ensure a greater level of independence for the Electoral Commission and to review the electoral system. In addition, the government should put in place a clear and overarching policy of openness in government.


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Kenya: Democracy and Political Participation
AfriMAP/OSIEA
16 April 2014

Kenya: Democracy and Political Participation provides a comprehensive review of the state of democracy and popular participation in Kenya. It presents a narrative of a nation’s ambition to journey into a new era of democratisation aided by a new constitution, which almost four years on, is yet to be fully implemented. It also evaluates and discusses the country’s compliance with African and international law and best practice with regards to citizenship, participation in the political process, elections, political parties, local government, parliament, traditional authorities and development assistance.

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Lesotho: Political Participation and Democracy
AfriMAP
28 May 2013

At the time of compiling the study, Lesotho had successfully completed a historical election that witnessed the formation of a coalition government, with the incumbent peacefully realigning power- a rarity in current-day elections on the African continent. The recommendations that this study advances provide policy and law makers, as well as civil society and the international donor community, with a guide to effecting policy shifts and reforms of the policy process, election management, local government administration, and for aligning national laws with continental standards.

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Malawi: Democracy and Political Participation
AfriMAP/OSISA
26 March 2014

As Malawi’s twenty years of democratisation is placed under the microscope, author Wiseman Chriwa, argues that the country’s opportunities for electoral reforms have been squandered by successive governments. He makes the case for the country to move away from a first past the post system, which has resulted in candidates being elected to the highest office without a mandate. The study also evaluates and discusses Malawi’s compliance with African and International standards and calls for sweeping legislative and policy reforms on citizenship, political party registration and operations, oversight role of parliament and elections management.

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Mozambique: Democracy and Political Participation
AfriMAP & OSISA
13 August 2009

Perhaps the greatest challenge that Mozambique faces in establishing a stable and accountable democratic government is the increasing dominance of a single political party in its political system. Thus, as important as ensuring free and fair elections, is the struggle to maintain internal democracy within that dominant party, FRELIMO, the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique that led the country in the struggle for independence from Portugal. This task, moreover, must be placed in the context of a country with high levels of poverty, where national politics risks becoming the province of a wealthy elite, without connections to the ordinary people. This is the principal conclusion of this comprehensive report on the Mozambican political system. The full text is available in both English and Portuguese.

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Senegal: An old democracy in urgent need of reforms

25 June 2012

Senegal’s democratic system needs a serious overhaul, according to a study released today on the country’s state of democratic and political participation. Among the list of suggested reforms is the modernization of the electoral process, the need to rationalize the presidential institution and the necessity of reinforcing mechanisms.

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Sierra Leone: Democracy and Political Participation

27 February 2014

“We committed ourselves, at the end of the war […] to fundamentally review the constitution, and our parliament itself,” said President Ernest Bai Koroma at the inauguration of the Constitutional Review Committee in July 2013. He added that Sierra Leone “is a nation that is renewing itself” and thus the new constitution to be enacted must open up “to the possibilities of a nation that aspires to have a developmental state, a democratic society and a tolerant culture.”
This report makes a strong case for the need for the new Constitution to solidify and expand the general principles of Sierra Leone’s constitutionalism which are supportive of citizen engagement with the state in terms of policy dialogue. Coming out in the middle of the constitutional review process, the report exposes different mechanisms through which citizens were denied the possibility to influence or comment upon the broader governance processes. It provides solid arguments for the suppression of such obstacles and the establishment of mechanisms to facilitate broader citizens’ political participation, through strengthening electoral management and enhancing institutions of accountability.

The report supports the opinion that the 1996 National Strategy for Good Governance and Public Sector Reform is still relevant and could provide the general frame for a broad-based constitutional review aimed at promoting a functioning state with efficient national institutions and systems, active citizen engagement and a climate of tolerance.



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South Africa: Democracy and Political Participation
AfriMAP and OSF-South Africa
November 2006

The second in AfriMAP's reports on South Africa, this analysis provides a comprehensive overview of the state of democracy and political participation in South Africa, measuring performance of the government against a wide range of African and international standards. Chapters deal with citizenship and discrimination, participation in the policy process, the functioning of parliament and political parties, election management, and local government.

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Swaziland: Democracy and Political Participation
AfriMAP
11 July 2013

In 1973, King Sobhuza II decreed the abrogation of the 1968 Constitution and with it the removal of a Bill of Rights and the banning of political parties, and assumed supreme power as the Head of Government and all its branches. The effect was to close all space to those with differing political views, not only in the expression of those views, but also in terms of association with others in the collective pursuit of political and governance objectives. By declaring them illegal, the decree removed the ability of political parties to compete in elections for political power and to govern according to their manifestoes and proposed policies. To this day the infamous decree remains in place. The study comes at an opportune moment as Swaziland prepares to go to the polls which have been described as highly defective and democratically deficient.

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Swaziland:Justice Sector and the Rule of Law
AfriMAP
10 July 2013

From 1973, Swaziland was ruled through the King’s Proclamation to the Nation and the saved provisions of the 1968 constitution. The King’s Proclamation to the Nation centralised state power in the monarch (who wielded legislative,executive and judicial power, albeit through his appointees), dispensed with the Bill of Rights and banned political parties. The 1973 political dispensation was subsequently replaced by a new constitutional order based on the Constitution of 2005, which, among other things, sought to restore respect for human rights, to promote the rule of law, and to facilitate devolution of power to the people. But this has not happened.

Zambia: Democracy and Political Participation

29 August 2013

Zambia’s democratic deficits points to a defective constitution and electoral rules’, whereby successive power-holders have not vigorously attempted to address and reform these problems. The author states that there seems to be either unwillingness or inability to reform the deficient political and constitutional order to bring it in line with changed democratic realities and continental norms and frame works. Notwithstanding these challenges, an opportunity has arisen, whereby the making of a new constitution, following the election of President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front (PF) in September 2011, has been put into motion.

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Activities
Political Participation-Malawi Validation Political Participation-Malawi Validation
27 March 2013
On 27 March 2013 AfriMAP, OSISA, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) organized a meeting to validate the soon to be published study on Democracy and Political Participation in Malawi.  The country researcher, Professor Wiseman Chirwa presented the key findings of the study, which focused on a number of thematic areas that included: constitutional legal frameworks; political participation processes; political parties; parliament; more...
Democracy and Political Participation validation workshop
06 December 2012
On 3 December 2012, the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations (SCCCO) convened a validation of the draft Political Participation and Democracy study, as the country readies itself to go to the polls next year. The report highlights governance challenges that Swaziland faces that include an absolute monarchy and the banning of political parties.
 
Some of the critical issues that the study highlights include reforms of Constitutional framework. more...
Democracy and Political Participation: Zambia Democracy and Political Participation: Zambia
28 November 2012
A validation workshop on Zambia’s Democracy and Political Participation report took place on November 23rd, in Lusaka.  There were about 50 participants representing civil society, political parties, parliamentarians, academics, the police, and the media.  The workshop was convened by the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) a leading democracy NGO in Zambia and the local partner for the research.  Issues that the study brought out, which were elaborated upon during the more...
Validation: Democracy and Political Participation- Lesotho Validation: Democracy and Political Participation- Lesotho
27 November 2012

On 28 August, Civil society, donor organisations, state actors, parliamentarians, members of the electoral commission and political party representatives together with the Open Society Initiative For Southern Africa (OSISA) and AfriMAP met in Maseru to validate the draft Democracy and Political Participation report for Lesotho.  About 70 people attended the validation workshop.  The local partner, the Lesotho Council of NGOs convened the workshop.   The country more...
Launch of Democracy and Political Participation Report Launch of Democracy and Political Participation Report
25 June 2012
On 25 of June, AfriMAP and OSIWA launched the political participation report focusing on Senegal entitled:  Senegal: an "old” Democracy in Urgent Need of Reforms. Mr Abdoul Latif Coulibaly, the guest speaker, stated that the report provided key elements that will contribute to reforms the Senegalese government is currently implementing. Dr. Aminata Diaw Cisse, Philosopher and Senior more...
AfriMAP validation workshops on three reports on Guinea
20 April 2012
Three validation workshops took place on 19- 20 April in Conakry.  The validations focused on AfriMAP’s and OSIWA’s emerging thematic areas, elections management, anti-corruption, and the management of the extractive industry in that country.

Extractive industry: 
Discussions focused on the new mining code and its implementation. Participants agreed that the draft report needs to be shorter with a stronger more...
DRC: Guide on Civil Liberties
19 April 2012
On 19 April AfriMAP in collaboration with OSISA and the Mission of the European Union for Police reform (EUPOL) launched "Guide des libertés publiques”, a user-friendly Guide on civil liberties. The launching ceremony was co-organized with Civil Society Organization (CSOs) and the DRC government represented by the Director of cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Security, Decentralization and Regional Planning, Professor Jean-Louis Esambo. The guide aims to inform more...
Validation workshop of a study on “Senegal: An 'Established' Democracy in need of Reform”
19 December 2011

OSIWA and AfriMAP today organized a workshop to validate a study on "Senegal: An Old Democracy in need of Reform”. The study comes at an opportune time given the immense concern over the prospects of the country's challenging electoral process. The study constitutes a solid base for engaging national stakeholders on political reforms that are urgently needed. According to the author, the study examined the key governance and institutional challenges confronting Senegal including the issues of more...

European Union Mission in DR Congo
25 November 2011

AfriMAP en partenariat avec la Mission de l'Union Européenne de soutien à la police congolaise a participé à la conceptualisation d'un guide sur les libertés civiles. Ce guide servira de support à la fois aux services de police et à la société civile en portant une attention particulière sur le cadre légal de diverses lois en RDC. Son utilisation, en termes de bonne pratique pour les officiers de police et sa mise en œuvre par la société more...

DRC: Conception and publication of a handbook on electoral dispute resolution
25 November 2011

On November 25, 2011, a validation workshop focusing on the handbook on electoral disputes was organized by AfriMAP, and coordinated by Roger Mvita. The meeting was attended by Judges, Independent experts, members of the Independent National Electoral Commission and lawyers. This was done in partnership with the Institute of Human Rights of the National Bar Association of the lawyers of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The technical document aims at facilitating the resolution on electoral disputes more...

Pan African Parliament
10 November 2011
AfriMAP and OSISA together with other partners supported the 11before2011 campaign, which was aimed at accelerating the ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance by member states. The campaign spearheaded by the Pan African Parliament's bureau, registered the desired result, and met its goal of contributing to continental advocacy drive and obtaining the needed 15 ratifications from AU members states, so that the charter could come into force. The campaign will continue more...
Conference on political participation in the province of South Kivu
18 October 2011

On October 18, 2011, a panel discussion focusing on political participation in the South Kivu was organized in partnership with the Bar Association of Kivu. Participants took the opportunity to engage with OSISA and AfriMAP staff by focusing on the recommendations presented in the DRC Democracy and Political Participationreport. Among the 47 participants was the representative of the provincial government of South Kivu, Vice-Governor more...

Kenya: Validation workshop for report on democracy and political participation
12 October 2011

A validation exercise took place in Nairobi, which focused on the study on democracy and political participation in Kenya, authored by professor Karuti. Issue of minority rights was debated, and some participants felt that the draft report was not broad enough on this issue, because it only focused on gender/ women. It was suggested that the topic of corruption needed sufficient focus, despite the fact that it was given prominence in the discussion document. Participants felt that there was need more...

Guinea: AfriMAP training for researchers
12 August 2011

A two day training workshop was undertaken on 12 August, as part of AfriMAP and OSIWA joint project in Guinea. The training was organized for researchers, program and country coordinators on the methodology and process of researching the four thematic areas. The objective of the baseline studies is to assess the current state of governance in the following sectors: Electoral laws and management; Justice Sector and the Rule of Law; Anti-Corruption institutions and mechanisms; Management of natural more...

Pascal Kambale on Radio Okapi's Dialogue Entre Congolais
15 June 2011

Pascal Kambale was on Radio Okapi’s Dialogue Entre Congolais, the most listened call-in current affairs program. June 14, 2011 was the last day of the March session of the Parliament and the theme of the program was to assess the parliamentary session. He debated an MP from the ruling coalition (and one of the architects of the January constitutional amendment) and an MLC (Bemba’s party) opposition senator. The main point he was trying to put across more...

DRC: Validation workshop, report on Democracy and Political Participation DRC: Validation workshop, report on Democracy and Political Participation
09 August 2010
On 7th  August, 2010, AfriMAP and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) hosted a validation workshop to discuss early findings of the upcoming AfriMAP on Democracy and Political Participation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The workshop attracted over 50 participants including academics, civil society representatives; two Senators; two members of provincial governments (from the Kasai Oriental and Bas-Congo provinces); two members of provincial assemblies (from Bandundu more...
Benin: Political Participation and justice Sector Reports Launched
25 March 2010
AfriMAP joined with three Beninois organizations on 24 and 25 March 2010 in launching its reports on Democracy and Political Participation and Justice Sector reports in Benin (available in French only at the moment; they will be translated). The three organisations are Droits de more...
Mozambique: launch of report on democracy and political participation
13 August 2009
On 13 August AfriMAP and OSISA in collaboration with Mozambican civil society organization-Centre of Studies in Democracy and Development – CEDE, launched a report on democracy and political participation.  The report, which involved the participation of policy and law makers, civil society, politicians and academics,   focused on challenges of democratization, rights of citizenship, elections, political more...
Validation workshops in Benin
10 April 2009
The non-governmental organization Droits de l’Homme, Paix et Developpement (DHPD), that is leading the AfriMAP research in Benin hosted workshops on 9-10 April in Cotonou for the validation of reports on the three AfriMAP themes.  Each of the reports was presented by its principal author: for education Odile Atanasso; for the justice sector and the rule of law Joseph Djobenou; and for democracy and political participation Gilles Badet. Participants in the different workshops included civil society more...
AfriMAP launches research in DRC
January 2008
AfriMAP's research on its three themes (justice and the rule of law, political participation and democracy, and delivery of public services) was launched in DR Congo with the holding of a methodology workshop 28-30 January 2008 in Goma, in the east of the country. Eight researchers took part, coming from civil society organisations and research centres in Kinshasa and the provinces of Bas-Congo, Kasai Oriental, Katanga, Province Orientale and Sud-Kivu. Roger Mvita, AfriMAP coordinator in DRC, led more...
Launch of AfriMAP research reports on Ghana Launch of AfriMAP research reports on Ghana
22 June 2007
In another event scheduled during the summit period, AfriMAP, the Institute for Democratic Governance and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA, the Open Society Institute's west Africa grant-making foundation) jointly launched two AfriMAP reports on the state of governance in Ghana.

Emmanuel Akwetey, director of IDEG, and his team led and managed the research process for the production of two detailed reports on the functioning of the justice sector and the rule of law, more...
Ghana validation workshop
01 May 2007
On 1 May 2007, the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), AfriMAP's civil society partner in Ghana, hosted a validation workshop to discuss the findings and conclusions of the AfriMAP Ghana reports on the justice sector and the rule of law and on political participation and democracy. Around 30 representatives of civil society gave up their Labour day holiday to identify the main issues, point out gaps in the reports and, most importantly, agree on the main recommendations that should be made more...
AfriMAP induction training workshop for Kenya
27 April 2007
AfriMAP held an induction training workshop for Kenya researchers on 27-28 April 2007, as the inaugural event in a review of Kenya's governance performance by AfriMAP. The nine researchers will form the core teams working in Kenya on the areas of the justice sector and rule of law, democracy and political participation, and the effective delivery of public services. They were drawn from the Institute of Economic Affairs, a public policy advocacy non-governmental organization, and the University of more...
AfriMAP Methodological Workshop, Senegal
July 2006
The Rencontre Africain pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO), the focal point for AfriMAP in Senegal, hosted a two-day methodological workshop for the AfriMAP process on 28-29 July 2006, at Saly Mbour near Dakar. Participants from a wide range of Senegalese civil society organisations debated draft reports on the justice sector and on the right to political participation, and the preparation of a report on the effective delivery of public services.

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MRRRC host roundtable in Lilongwe to discuss draft of AfriMAP-OSISA report on political participation in Malawi MRRRC host roundtable in Lilongwe to discuss draft of AfriMAP-OSISA report on political participation in Malawi
02 February 2006
The Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) hosted a roundtable of stakeholders to discuss the first full draft of the AfriMAP-OSISA report on political participation in Malawi, on 2nd February 2006, in Lilongwe. MHRRC is a Malawian NGO that focuses on capacity building for civil society groups in the area of human rights, and has been working in partnership with AfriMAP-OSISA as a host institution for the research. A wide range of representatives from political parties, the public administration, more...
Ghana AfriMAP roundtable Ghana AfriMAP roundtable
October 2005
On 20-22 October 2005, the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) held a two-day roundtable, in conjunction with OSIWA and AfriMAP, to introduce and discuss the implementation of AfriMAP in Ghana. Participants included a wide range of activists, academics and government officials, who debated the three AfriMAP themes -- justice sector and the rule of law, political participation and democracy, and delivery of public services -- and the ways to make the research most effective and useful in the more...
AfriMAP questionnaire development AfriMAP questionnaire development
2004
The three AfriMAP questionnaires have been developed through a process of wide-ranging reading and discussion, drawing on similar initatives and the knowlege and advice of African and international experts in the field. In each case, a focal point of discussion was a two-day workshop held in Johannesburg, attended by participants from the Open Society African foundations and experts on the three themes -- of access to justice, democracy or delivery of public services. Pictured are some of the participants more...

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