The advent of democracy in 1994 came with the promise of a society whose race, political, economic and social relations would be the antithesis of what they had been under apartheid. The post-apartheid order would deliver what the ANC calls “a better life for all.” What has happened since the ANC came to power can best be summarized in three ways: First, there has been some improvement in the political, social and economic conditions of the majority. Second, democratic, policy and delivery deficits have emerged.
WASHINGTON—The recent national elections in Nigeria, which took place on April 14 and April 21, have raised serious international concern, as reports of violence surfaced and elections monitors commented that the process fell short of basic international standards. On Friday, May 18th the Africa Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a panel discussion and analysis of the Nigerian elections, providing critical assessment of the election procedures and comments on Nigeria's future political prospects.
These policy recommendations were drafted by a delegation of 16 Sudanese women peacebuilders during seven days of meetings in New York and Washington, DC, sponsored by Women Waging Peace. The Wilson Center joined Women Waging Peace in sponsoring events in Washington. Full coverage of this conference is available from the Women Waging Peace site.
It was a life-long love between Howard and Africa, on both sides. I worked closely with Howard in the 1980s during the fight to pass the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act and to move South Africa to a just future, helping put him in touch with South African leaders inside and outside the country.