EISA Regional Forum 2022
Dr Roukaya Kasenally Director of Programmes and Knowledge Management African Media Initiative (and EISA chairperson) addresses the delegates

Regional Workshop on the Review of EISA's "Benchmarks for Enhanced Political Party Performance for Democratic Governance in Africa"

Radisson Red Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

29-30 March 2022


Concept Note
AgendaFrom left, EISA Programme Officer in the Governance Institutions and Political Processes Department, Noxolo Gwala addresses the delegates; seated is Mr Mr. Kevin Sturr Deputy Mission Director for Southern Africa Regional U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Mr Justin Doua, Chief of Party, Supporting Transitions and Electoral Processes (STEP) program, EISA


EISA hosted a regional workshop for political parties from Great Lakes, east and Southern Africa region in order to review its “Benchmarks for enhanced political party performance for democratic governance in Africa”. The benchmarks were adopted in 2013 and were endorsed by many political parties across the continent. This workshop was an activity under Delegates came from various countries within the Southern African region including South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique and ZambiaThe Supporting Transitions and Electoral Processes (STEP) programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The workshop
seeks to update the benchmarks, bearing in mind the emerging realities faced by political parties.


This workshop also sought to draw lessons learnt from the
implementation of the benchmarks Ms. Asafika Mpako, Communications Coordinator for Afrobarometer in the Southern African region addressing delegates on her presentation as well as set the scene for the development of the upcoming revised benchmarks. The revised standards will be disseminated and implemented for further improved political party functioning. Therefore, the objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Promote experience sharing among political parties across the political divide.
  • Assess the implementation of the current benchmarks.
  • Delegates pose for a group photo
  • Suggest areas of improvement for the revision of these benchmarks.

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