Press Release

Marking Gains and Counting Losses in 20 years of democracy

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South Africa, 9 – 10 September, 2014

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom and democracy, International IDEA is marking the occasion with a Democracy Roundtable event on 9 – 10 September entitled Marking Gains and Counting Losses in 20 Years of Democracy: Perspectives on Democratic Accountability in South Africa.

Like many post liberation African contexts, South Africans have had to “learn” how to engage in a democratic political system, while at the same time, actually “doing democracy.” Although being rooted within a constitutional democracy, this transformation has not been without its challenges. The event aims to bring together a mixed group of thinkers, activists and engage in a robust reflection and debate on the achievements and pressing issues relating to South Africa’s experience with democracy during the past 20 years.

Issues to be covered include:

  • Discourse and Emerging Trends and Perspectives on Democratic Accountability in the African Context
  • African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance in Re-Imagining Democratic Accountability in State-Society Relations in Africa
  • Perspectives on Progress and Trends in the Interface Between Elections and Citizen Accountability: Does the Social Contract Still Exist?

Outcomes of the roundtable include:

  • To ‘mark’ the “democratic accountability” gains and losses to date and reflect on their respective drivers and contributing factors
  • To identify key levers, responses and further knowledge and research
  • To reflect on new thinking and new ways of understandings on how to strengthen democratic accountability through: citizen agency, policy and advocacy efforts and finally, democratic institutions

Read the full concept note.

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Raul Cordenillo
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Raul Cordenillo’s work focuses on enhancing International IDEA's profile as the primary actor for effective and sustainable democracy building by maximising the potential of its knowledge resources, policy initiatives and reform assistance programmes. He represents the voice of International IDEA in local and international media and other communication networks and oversees the work of the communications team (communications, publications and the library).