The reports are the product of longitudinal assessments of the management of elections in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with particular emphasis on each country’s EMB. They analyse the development of each country’s EMB over time, evaluating its strength and performance based on indices that are comparable to other similar bodies in the region. The studies provide an important context within which to review the evolution of EMBs in ongoing discussions about transforming the state through constitutional and legal reform.
A review by AfriMAP and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
25 April 2012
The report argues that Mozambique’s commitment to providing access to education in a country scarred by years of conflict, with an illiteracy rate of 90% in the 1970s, has yielded strong results. However, the sector still faces several difficulties that it must tackle urgently if it is to attain the MDG goal on education and gender parity.
A new report declares that urgent efforts to implement election legislation are needed if upcoming elections are to be considered free and fair
(Kampala 5 October 2010) Uganda's Electoral Commission's independence and effectiveness is being questioned, four months before February 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections. A major new report released today finds that there is a widespread opinion that the EC is biased, and lacks the powers necessary to unable it to conduct free and fair elections.
On November 12, 2009 Roger Mvita, AfriMAP coordinator in the DRC office of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), met with Ambassador Stephen Rapp, in charge of war crimes in the Obama Administration who was visiting the DRC to discuss support to the country's justice sector reform.
AfriMAP and the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) organized a joint validation workshop on 9 November 2009 during which Kenyans were called upon to address the issue of ethnicity as a root cause of conflicts and poor governance performance in the country. Participants were discussing early findings of the upcoming AfriMAP report on Democracy and Political Participation in Kenya.
The world is watching, with folded arms it seems, a cauldron boil to the brim, hoping that it will cool itself off and simmer. All the signs point to one conclusion: that Guinea Conakry had long reached boiling point. It is now in a phase where the chances of civil war far outweigh the chance for stability and peace. The country borders Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast to its south; all three countries have been in conflict. Two had no stable government for more than 15 years. Both combined, saw a death toll of a quarter of a million people, and 1.5million more fleeing as refugees.
By: Jeggan Grey-Johnson