Tenth Annual EISA Symposium 2015 The Tenth Annual EISA Symposium 2015

Recent trends in constitutional reforms in Africa: How do constitutions help or hinder democracy?

Johannesburg, South Africa

18-19 November 2015


EISA Executive Director Denis Kadima and and former South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

Checks and balances: African constitutions and democracy in the 21st century, 2017 Grant Masterson & Melani Meirotti, EISA.
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The symposium focused on the recent constitutional reforms and promotion of constitutionalism on the continent and how these impact on the progress of democratic governance in Africa. It took stock of the identifiable trends, challenges and lessons learned on fostering constitutional democracy on the continent.

The symposium provided a platform for dialogue among key democratic governance stakeholders such as representatives of political parties, members of parliament, election management bodies, Attendees exchange ideascivil society organisations, academia, as well as the African Union and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

The symposium generated policy-oriented recommendations with a view to shaping future direction in fostering constitutional democracy in Africa.

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