Africa continues to enjoy some relative stability and made positive strides towards democratic consolidation.
The most recent (2008) Mo Ibrahim governance survey established that democratic governance appears to be steadily improving in 31 out of 48 sub-Saharan African countries. The positive strides have been made but not without some challenges. NIMD works with partners in 9 African countries.
In partnership with the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), NIMD supports a political party programme that has delivered a home grown democratic reform agenda, the Democratic Consolidation Strategy Paper (DCSP), which aspires to be a political equivalent to Ghana’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS). A depolarization strategy, an enforced code of conduct and a presidential transition bill contributed to peaceful and fair elections, and a smooth transition of power at the end of 2008.(...more)
In the aftermath of the troubled 2007 elections, NIMD’s Kenyan partner, the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD-K) played a visible and constructive role in fostering a multi-actor dialogue, bringing together political and civil society around a democratic reform agenda, and building consensus for the necessary constitutional reform.(...more)
Working with the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD-M), the NIMD programme in Malawi has helped political parties and the Malawian Electoral Commission (MEC) develop joint initiatives to make the electoral process more transparent, achieve agreement on conflict-prevention procedures, and organize political education programmes to overcome voter apathy in the run up to the 2009 elections.(...more)
Through its inter-party dialogue programme, NIMD’s partner in Mali, the Centre pour le Dialogue Inter-Partis et la Démocratie (CMDID), has been able to achieve consensus on the establishment of a single, independent institution to manage the electoral process, and a code of conduct for political parties. With the help of storytellers and singers, the centre has raised awareness on the code of conduct at the local level.(...more)
The NIMD programme in Mozambique supports political party development and initiatives that contribute to the depolarization of the political system. It facilitates debates and promotes dialogue on political developments at a provincial level, encouraging tolerance among different political constituencies and communities.(...more)
Through the work of the Tanzania Centre for Democracy (TCD), the NIMD programme in Tanzania is focusing on electoral and constitutional reform. The TCD has been instrumental in lobbying for an amended Political Party Act, which provides for a more even political playing field. TCD’s political party capacity-building programme is fostering political accountability and ethical leadership.(...more)
With support of NIMD, Zambia’s political parties have founded the Zambian Centre for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID), which is instrumental in creating political consensus and raising public awareness on the constitutional review process. The programme also facilitates more frequent contact between political parties both nationally and at the regional level, empowering the rank-and-file to hold their leaders politically and financially accountable.(...more)
Supported by NIMD, the work of the Zimbabwe Institute (ZI) focuses on advocacy for the return of democracy and a peaceful transition in Zimbabwe. ZI has facilitated the two opposition parties in the SADC dialogue process, which culminated in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) last year, and produced a number of critical studies and policy documents (such as on the restart of the economy), which are used in the implementation of the agreement. (...more)