20 May, 2016
The idea that the performance of a constitution can be evaluated is a relatively recent one. With the growth and development of constitution making over the past three decades, an understanding of what constitutions seek to achieve and how they achieve has become increasingly important.
Are there better or worse ways of drafting constitutions for the purposes of achieving desired outcomes? How are we to understand the interaction between particular provisions or elements of a constitution and the concrete realities that unfold after the moment of constitution drafting?
This report—like the full-length study on which it is based—focuses on key tensions and stress points that have arisen in the past 20 years within the South African political community as a method of analysing some of the key goals of the Constitution and whether they have been met.
It draws on case law, reports by the government and non-governmental organizations, and other empirical data to assess the performance of the South African Constitution and offers a series of recommendations on potential changes to the Constitution that could help address its shortcomings.
1 May, 2016
The Annual Results Report 2015 provides an account of International IDEA’s partnerships and activities during 2015.
29 April, 2016
This guide contains an assessment methodology to identify improvements in democratic accountability mechanisms.
6 April, 2016
Explores EMB involvement electoral law reform in Africa and provides guidelines for EMB engagement.
6 April, 2016
New roles for EMBs in increasing youth participation in electoral processes.