Research & Learning
It is important to interrogate what structures and systems hold strong multi-party democracies together in some countries; what enables them to deliver their development agenda in those countries; and why is it failing in several parts of Africa? What is fueling the mad rush for Africa’s development deliverables, as against long-term planning? What learning can be drawn from other cultures whose multi-party democracies deliver inclusive development? From where comes the incentive for exclusive power grabbing, and what learning can be brought to enhance inclusiveness rather than exclusion? What can be done to strengthen consensus building across political divides towards development, whilst respecting the diversity of opinions? How do we neutralise the current perception based on the “winner takes all” spirit that is drawing Africa back? Intensive research work to provide answers to these questions, as well as the learning thereof from these studies across the globe should inform the debates, dialogues, the sub-regional exchanges etc. towards the transformation of Africa’s political horizon 15 years from now (2030). This should tie into and gradually contribute to the African Union’s Agenda 2063.