How can SADC improve democracy in Southern Africa?

Ahead of its August summit, this seminar focuses on SADC’s track record in ensuring credible elections.

When it comes to enforcing its guidelines for free and fair elections, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has a mixed track record. Elections in the region often cause political instability, as seen during the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe. Ahead of the SADC summit in Dar es Salaam on 17 and 18 August, this seminar will discuss the latest ISS research on SADC’s role in helping to ensure credible elections, with a focus on Zimbabwe.

The ISS policy brief Elections and stability in SADC: the Zimbabwe case, will be available at the seminar and can be read here.

Chair: Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Research Consultant, ISS


Ringisai Chikohomero, Researcher ISS, Pretoria

Sandile Schalk, Chief Director SADC, DIRCO

Piers Pigou, Senior Consultant, International Crisis Group

Development partners
This event is made possible through funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) – UK. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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