These papers were written for and presented at EISA's 20th Anniversary Symposium which took place on 20 and 21 October 2016. The theme of the symposium was: Current Democratic Realities in Africa: Where Are We Headed beyond the Vote? The Symposium focused on the continent's democratic triumphs - those elements pulling States closer to democratic consolidation - while also acknowledging the democratic shortfalls - pushing African States backwards. In reviewing progress and challenges confronting the continent, the Symposium provided a platform for democracy promotion stakeholders to examine current democratic realities in Africa and where the continent is headed on the current wave of democracy. The Symposium covered a range of topics and provided a platform for democracy-promotion stakeholders to review the progress and challenges recorded at national and regional levels. The annual event also served as a lesson sharing and learning opportunity for democracy-promotion stakeholders as they deliberated on the development of shared culture of best democratic practices.
The conference proceedings report is available at http://eisa.org.za/pdf/symp2016cp.pdf