SN Announcement, 20 October 2004
"Evolving Democratic Governance in South Africa" by Phiroshaw Camay and Anne J. Gordon, explores the extent to which citizens, civil society organisations and government have fully exercised both their rights and obligations so as to entrench democratic governance in the ten years since 1994.
This innovative and probing study includes a review of both theoretical and empirical literature from South Africa and elsewhere, a series of five in-depth case studies of interactions or encounters between civil society and government in the period since the early 1990s, and extensive analysis of other processes, institutions and events which have had a direct impact on governance. Many relevant practical recommendations aimed at entrenching sound governance are put forward.
Ultimately, sound democratic governance must reduce and eventually eliminate poverty and inequality, and safeguard the right of all citizens to a healthy, productive life based on equal rights and opportunities. The book concludes that much has been accomplished since 1994, but the challenges that remain are significant and must be tackled. The burden of making democracy work as it should belongs equally to government, civil society and individual citizens.
Phiroshaw Camay is the Director, and Anne J. Gordon is the Senior Researcher, of the Co-operative for Research and Education (CORE), in Johannesburg, South Africa. CORE is a non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that aims to strengthen democracy in South Africa by sharing information and knowledge.
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