Enhancing Inclusive Political Participation and Representation in Africa

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Published: 
4 August 2022
Language: 
English
Pages: 
69
ISBN: 
978-91-7671-539-0 (PDF)
Author(s): 
Emmanuel O. Akwetey and Tarisai Mutangi

Africa has made significant progress in enhancing inclusive political participation and representation, mostly for women, youth and people living with disabilities. This report unpacks the trends and challenges of inclusive participation in Africa.

The domestication (though at varying levels) of global and regional normative frameworks such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the African Youth Charter, and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance has enhanced traction towards inclusive political participation across the continent. However, traction towards progressive legislative frameworks to enhance political participation and representation of refugees remains weak. The thrust for a multigenerational and multidimensional focus in addressing barriers to inclusive political participation and representation should be strengthened.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Executive summary

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Objectives

Chapter 3. Research methodology

Chapter 4. Trends
4.1. Overview
4.2. Women’s participation and representation
4.3. Youth representation and participation
4.4. Political participation and representation of people with disabilities
4.5. Political participation of refugees

Chapter 5. Case studies
5.1. Rwanda
5.2. Ghana
5.3. South Africa
5.4. The Case of refugees in South Africa
5.5. The Case of refugees in Uganda

Chapter 6. Challenges

Chapter 7. Strategies for enhancing inclusive political participation in Africa
7.1. Strategies for governments
7.2. Strategies for non-state actors

Chapter 8. Conclusion

References

Annex A. Considerations regarding direct public funding

Annex B. Afrobarometer data

About the authors

About International IDEA

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