The institutional profiles below provide contact information, program descriptions, and research and publication highlights for current members of the Network. Most institutions provide more detailed information, including full texts of selected publications, on their own websites. Unless otherwise noted, all Network member websites listed herein contain information in English.
Contact: Dr. E. Gyimah-Boadi, Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana);
Dr. Carolyn Logan, Michigan State University;
Dr. Paul Graham, Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa);
Dr. Leonard Wantchékon, IREEP
The Afrobarometer is a research survey that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in more than a dozen countries in Africa. Because there is a standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared and, ultimately, trends in public attitudes can be tracked over time.
The Afrobarometer is an international collaborative enterprise of three core partners—the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), the Ghana Center for Democracy and Development (CDD-Ghana), and Michigan State University in the United States—that collaborate with national partners in sixteen African countries.
Through networking and applied training, the partners aim at mutual capacity-building. Survey results are fed directly into the policy process, usually through nongovernmental organizations. The Afrobarometer seeks to reach diverse audiences, including decision makers in government, policy advocates, donor agencies, journalists, and researchers, as well as voting-age adults in Africa who wish to become informed and active citizens.
- conducting comparative national public-attitude surveys on democracy, markets, and civil society in Africa
- producing reports, working papers, and other studies based on this research and disseminating the results to diverse audiences in government, universities, the media, and civil society
Publication Information: Please visit www.afrobarometer.org/publications.html for a list of Afrobarometer's publications.
Contact: Jibrin Ibrahim, director
16,A7 Street, Mount Pleasant Estate (CITEC)
Phone: +234(0)9 671 6454
Fax: +234 (0)9 461 9687
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that focuses on questions of democratic development and peace-building in West Africa. CDD has offices in Lagos and Abuia, Nigeria, and an international office in London. In addition to conducting research on democratization and good governance, the Centre provides training to groups and individuals promoting democracy and development in the region. The Centre's training and research areas also include human rights, empowerment, peace and security, gender issues, development, and the environment.
- collecting and analyzing information about democratic movements in Nigeria and West Africa and reviewing strategies for democratic opening and consolidation
- researching both the theoretical and practical aspects of democracy and democratization to help shape institutional mechanisms for the establishment and consolidation of a democratic culture
- providing training, briefing papers, background material, and position papers to democratic groups on key aspects of national development, regional networking, organization, and mobilization
- developing strategies for peace building and the deescalation of conflict at the grassroots and national levels
- promoting popular participation in the political process
- contributing to gender equality by promoting women's participation and leadership in governance and civil society and by assessing the impact of authoritarian rule on women in public life
- providing the international community with briefing materials on democratic developments in the region
- monitoring, commissioning, and writing about democratic transitions and the development of political culture
- developing institutional structures to help manage ethnic, regional, religious, and civil-military polarization
Publication Information: For a list of CDD's publications, please visit www.cddwestafrica.org.
Democracy in Africa Research Unit (DARU)
Contact: Robert Mattes, director
Democracy in Africa Research Unit
Centre for Social Science Research
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 650 4656
Fax: +27 21 650 4657
Founded in 2002, the Democracy in Africa Research Unit focuses on improving empirical social science research in Africa. The Unit conducts research on citizens, political institutions, and democracy issues, as well as the impact the growing crisis of HIV/AIDS has on these issues. As DARU continues to grow, it is acquiring the capability to collect new data and use it in both education and public policy.
- Conducting research in elections and voting, democratic legislatures, public opinion, social, economic and political indicators in Africa, and AIDS and democracy
- Publishing working papers, available in hard-copy through the publications officer or on their Web site
Publication Information: Visit www.cssr.uct.ac.za/daru_pubs.html for a list of DARU's recent publications.
Contact: E. Gyimah Boadi, executive director
P.O. Box 404
Phone: +233 21 776 142; +233 21 763 029; +233 21 784 293; +233 21 784 294
Fax: +233 21 763 028
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD Ghana) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of society and government based on the rule of law, appropriate checks on the power of the state, and integrity in public administration. The mission of the Center is to promote democracy, good governance, and the development of a liberal economic environment in Ghana in particular and Africa in general. In so doing, CDD Ghana seeks to foster ideals of liberty, enterprise, and integrity in government and society at large.
- promoting and publishing research on issues of democracy and economic liberalization
- monitoring and analyzing democratic consolidation in Ghana and Africa
- promoting transparency and accountability in the administration and allocation of public resources
- encouraging public access to information and data
- training governmental and civil society agencies to strengthen oversight capabilities
- conducting programs on conflict management and resolution
- providing consulting and technical support on governance issues
Publication Information: For a list of CDD Ghana's publications, please visit www.cddghana.org/publication.asp.
Idasa is an independent public interest organization committed to building the capacity for democracy in civil society and government in South Africa. Founded in 1987 with a staff of three, Idasa today is a national organization with a staff of more than 140. Through national programs organized at its two democracy centers—the Kutlwanong Democracy Centre in Pretoria and the Cape Town Democracy Centre—as well as through other special program and service units, Idasa works to build democratic institutions, to educate citizens, and to advocate social justice in contemporary South Africa.
- public opinion in South and Southern Africa, including the Southern African Democracy Barometer and Afrobarometer
- political institutions in South Africa
- local governance in South Africa
- budgets and state expenditures in South Africa
Publication Information: For a list of Idasa's publications, please visit www.idasa.org.za.
Established in late 1996 in the build up to the 1997 elections in Liberia, LDW was founded by a group of university graduates who envisioned a society devoid of socio-political abuses, corruption, and the weaning respect for the rule of law. LDW seeks to influence the national political debate by initiating and sustaining dialogue and interaction between all Liberian stakeholders to stimulate national discourse on issues of relevance and significance to the political development of the country. With elections and the composition of the new political class, LDW is strategizing new modes of engagement for the actualization of its goals for the period.
- organizing the Dialogue for Democracy Series, a series of national discussions that will later appear in the Liberian Journal of Democracy
- publishing skills building practical tools for legislative strengthening
- conducting legislative monitoring to inform the Liberian public and diaspora about happenings at the legislature
- organizing community outreach and social renewal programs aimed at strengthening community leadership by addressing community needs
- designing programs to inform local communities about their constitutional and social rights, reinforcing their understanding and application of these rights
Publication Information: For a list of LDW's publications, please visit http://liberiademocracywatch.org/news.html.