On 29 November, ACCORD hosted the Validation Workshop on the Complexities of Coalition Politics in Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. The Workshop was the final stage of the research project which presented three interesting and unique case studies on Lesotho, Mozambique, and South Africa. These purposely selected countries are good case studies on the subject of coalition politics, and forming coalition governments, from three different contexts.
The research project was informed by an understanding that there is limited evidence-based information on the functioning, complexities and state of coalition politics in Africa, and the impact on political stability and good governance in specific countries. Therefore ACCORD undertook this research project entitled “Complexities of Coalition Building and Party Politics in Africa” in order to contribute to the existing knowledge, identify best practices, and challenges to share with policy and decision-makers, political party representatives and other interested stakeholders, in countries that have either experienced and/or are likely to experience coalition governments, in order to assist them in navigating the structure, functioning and successful implementation of coalition governance to promote political stability and good governance.
The Workshop aimed to validate the data collected through presenting the outcomes of the research of each author at a multiple stakeholder workshop, inclusive of, amongst others, stakeholders from civil society, and think tanks from the project’s countries. Through the discussion of the Workshop, ACCORD take away the comments raised to make the necessary changes to the draft articles before publishing the articles in a monograph.
This Project was made possible thanks to the support of the Australian High Commission, through the Direct Aid Programme.