Democratization in Africa: What Progress Toward Institutionalization?   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The NIC was the originator and principal driver behind a recent conference held in Accra, Ghana, from 4-6 October 2007. The conference-titled Democratization in Africa: What Progress Towards Institutionalization?-was co-sponsored by the US State Department/US Embassy Ghana and the Center for Democratic Development o(CDD), a research and democracy promotion organization based on Ghana. The conference was co-chaired by the Director of the CDD, I. Gyimah-Boadi, and Larry Diamond, from the Hoover Institute at Stanford and a NIC Associate. The purpose of the conference was to review and assess the trajectories of African states toward, or away, from increased institutionalization of democratic processes and practices. The conference was designed so that the review and assessment would be based on interactions among a diverse set of players-including African researchers and practitioners of democracy, ranking US academic experts on political change in Africa, US democracy promotion professionals, and US Government analysts and diplomats. The conference was unprecedented for its combination of diversity of expertise and depth of investigation into the causal factors and constraints affecting democratization and democratic backsliding in Sub Saharan Africa. With about 50 participants and 15 African countries represented, the conference deliberations occurred for two days, at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, in Accra."

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National Intelligence Council Conference, Ghana Center for Democratic Development, October 4-6 2007
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