Governance Institutions & Processes
The Governance Institutions & Processes department was formed to provide support to several ongoing EISA projects that have a special focus upon governance processes, in line with EISA's mission statement: EISA strives for excellence in the promotion of credible elections, participatory democracy, human rights culture, and the strengthening of governance institutions for the consolidation of democracy in Africa.
Areas of work include the following projects
Democracy Protection Institutions
Another project recently undertaken by the Governance Institutions & Processes Programme at EISA is Promoting the Effectiveness of Democracy Protection Institutions (DPIs) in Southern Africa. Eight EISA research reports (numbers 39-46) are the culmination of this regional project. Empirical research was conducted in early 2009 on the performance of 12 human rights state institutions established to promote democratic governance.
Research focused on two types of DPIs in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, where they exist
- Offices of the ombudsman and
- National human rights commissions.
This report series consists of eight country reports and presents the findings on each country institution in the following order:
- legal framework
- institutional effectiveness
- institutional governance and
- interaction with the other arms of government, other DPIs and non-state actors.