On 19-21 September 2011, NIMD organised a regional conference on Constitutional Reforms and Constitutionalism in Africa in Maputo, Mozambique. At the end of the conference, participants issued a communiqué that outlined key outcomes and conclusions of the deliberations. To read the communiqué (pdf), click on the link below.
Former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano officially opened the conference on Monday 19 September 2011. The conference brought together the senior leadership of governing and opposition political parties from all the 9 countries in Africa that are participating in the NIMD programmes: Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the host Mozambique.
This conference was organised at a time when quite a number of countries in Africa have recently embarked on constitutional reforms or constitutional reviews of one form or the other with the hope of coming up with a constitutional order that is not only democratic and legitimate, but also inclusive and popularly accepted. The conference therefore offered participants an opportunity to share their own experiences from the praxis and jointly identify best practices that will go a long way in ensuring that constitutional reform processes contribute to the further deepening of democracy in Africa.