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Title:Consolidating human rights and democracy in Africa: regional lessons for South Africa
Author:Moyo, Jonathan N.ISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Volume:4
Issue:1
Period:July
Pages:1-14
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Africa
Subjects:democracy
human rights
politics
governance
elections
Political pluralism
Civil rights
Abstract:The governance packages which are promised by multilateral donor agencies like the World Bank and the IMF, and which have also become instruments of foreign policy of some bilateral donor countries, typically emphasize accountability, responsibility and transparency in public policy, as formal and functional issues, without examining their proper substantive or genetic local bases in terms of centres of real economic and political power.The donor community can play a pivotal and positive role in facilitating the transition toward a democratic outcome, not by supporting formalistic or legalistic processes, but by a critical analysis of governance as an expression of civil society which balances political and economic needs. The urban and rural poor in Africa, among whom women and children are the majority, continue to live in conditions of economic squalor despite the enchantment with civil and political rights displayed by elite groups. More systematic attention needs to be given to the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in Africa. South Africa's Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) is firmly rooted in civil and political rights within the confines of a market-centred economy which is consistent with the worldview of the dominant international financial institutions. It is debatable whether that worldview is consistent with the economic, social and cultural aspirations of the majority of South Africans. Bibliogr., ref., sum.
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