Young Continent, Old Rulers - What does the Future hold for Democracy in Africa?

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Posted Oct 12, 2017 | Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Mathias Kamp

With some exceptions, the consolidation of democracies in Sub-Saharan Africa is still unsuccessful. In this report by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Mathias Kamp identifies: weak institutions, the dominance of the executive, personalisation of power, corruption and lack of transparency, weak and inefficient state bureaucracies, dominance of the military, and weak political parties, as key impediments. Yet there is a demand for democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the majority of the African population supports universal human rights and democratic standards. The author suggests that the developed world should not promote democracy as a means to economic ends, but as an integral component of development cooperation with African states.


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