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Title:The management of democratic elections in Africa (MDEA) programme at the university of South Africa: is this the right path towards African solutions?
Authors:Msila, Vuyisile
Matjila, Lesibana
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Geographic term:South Africa
African agreements
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18186874.2017.1340004
Abstract:There have been a number of initiatives in Africa to rid the continent of political instability, conflict, poverty and disease. Many have argued that aid from the West has helped Africa in many ways - from stopping wars, to food relief and rescuing the African environment. Yet others have slated Western involvement which they contend, frequently leaves Africans dependant rather than capable of solving their own problems. In line with the pan-Africanist and the African Union (AU) ideals, there is now a realisation by Africans that there is a need to find African solutions to African challenges and problems. This review article explores the University of South Africa's (Unisa's) Management of Democratic Elections in Africa (MDEA) programme, by looking at its objectives and the reason why it must be labelled a Programme, its mandate, which is in line with the brief of the AU and pan-Africanist ideals. The article focuses on how Unisa's programme responds to the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG); and how it has attempted to facilitate knowledge for peace in Africa, through empowering electoral officials from various African states. The article concludes by looking at the successes and limitations of the Programme over a five-year period, from its inception in 2011. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]