Africa Program Partners with the Burundi Leadership Training Program to Gather Key Burundian Leaders, Help End Political Stalemate
On September 9-12, the Africa Program, with its Burundi partner, the Burundi Leadership Training Program, mounted a "Key Leaders" retreat aimed at stemming a crisis of governance in Burundi. The ruling party had lost its parliamentary majority and tensions between it and the opposition parties had paralysed the government. The retreat, which brought together all party leaders, the four living former presidents, and other key government and society leaders, was used to rebuild trust, communications and negotiations skills among these former protagonists, and create the collaboration and cohesion that policymakers need to move the democratic process forward.
English and French; November, 2003
International election observation is a work in progress, much like the international democratic system it aims to promote and develop. Today election observation is disproportionately focused on the pre-election and election periods at the expense of the post-election period. International organizations, national governments, and civil society are familiar with what is expected both before and during an election. Election “practices” exist and an international set of principles is now emerging to guide international elections observers both before and during elections.
This research was conducted by International Alert, along with partner organizations in the Congo. The preliminary findings were presented at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars on March 12, 2004 by Ms. Bisimwa and Ms. Chakupewa, leaders of two women's organizations in the Congo.
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With Tornorlah Varpilah of the Transitional Justice Working Group and John Moreira, an analyst with the firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.Open audio
The Africa Program is seeking qualified applicants for its intern program in Washington, DC. Interns will assist the Africa Program staff in its Washington area activities, including public meetings, research activities and support for our programming in Burundi. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week. Advanced oral and written French is required.