The Gorée Institute

In 1987 there was a historic meeting in Dakar, Senegal between the exiled leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) and a group of influential South Africans. This meeting is credited with paving the way for the end of apartheid in South Africa. Based on the ideas of the chairman of the meeting, President Abdou Diouf…

International Republican Institute (IRI)

For 30 years, the  IRI (International Republican Institute) has been helping to spread democracy through training sessions on political party and candidate development, democratic governance practices, civil society development, civic education, women and youth leadership development, electoral reform and election monitoring, and political expression in closed societies. From its earliest days, IRI has sought to build partnerships and…

Women Rising: The Role of Participatory Democracy in Promoting Gender Equality

As Kenyans vote for a new president and county councils, they will also be voting for an increased number of female candidates. Prior to Kenya’s upcoming elections, Micah Cheserem, chairman of the Kenyan Commission on Revenue Allocation, urged his fellow citizens to elect women as their county ward representatives. Cheserem’s remarks followed a heated debate as to how the…

Attribution and accountability : voting for roads in Ghana

Abstract: The thesis argues that democracy makes African governments more responsive to the rural majority, thereby generating dissatisfaction among urban voters. A distinction is made between attributable inputs (roads) and non-attributable inputs (education material) in Ghana. Author(s): Harding, Robin Source(s): , 45 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published: 2013 New York university (NYU)], [New York,…

Through a local government lens : AU charter on democracy, elections and governance

Abstract: The African Union Commission announced the entry into force of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) on 15 February 2012. The ACDEG has specific relevance to local democracy in Africa and will assist in nurturing and safeguarding subnational democracy in the region. Author(s): Mutakha, Kangu; Bosire, Conrad Source(s): , [Local government…