Regional Policy Dialogue on Democracy Protection Institutions in Southern Africa 2009

14 July 2009, Johannesburg, South Africa

EISA held a regional policy dialogue on Tuesday 14 July 2009 in Johannesburg to share and deliberate on the findings of an empirical study on selected democracy protection institutions in southern Africa. The study was undertaken between March and May 2009.

The main purpose of the study was to assess the capacity, regulatory framework and performance of Offices of the Ombudsman and Human Rights Commissions (or their equivalents) in selected SADC member states. Institutions in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia formed part of this pioneering research endeavour. It was conducted by researchers, based in these countries, who possessed the requisite knowledge of how these institutions operate, including the socio cultural and the politico economic environment within which they discharge their constitutional mandates.

Cover: The Malawi Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman

Eight country reports were presented and debated at the policy dialogue. These reports were published under the rubric Promoting the Effectiveness of Democracy Protection Institutions in Southern Africa:

Regional policy dialogue brought together senior officials and heads of the institutions that formed part of this study as well as the in country researchers. Prof Kader Asmal will delivered the key note address.