Who Funds Who?

money in south african politics – a common project of ISS and of IDASA

The private funding of political parties is a necessary prerequisite to ensure that all parties can reach the electorate during the polling process. However a lack of transparency and regulation over the private funding of political parties may allow the wealthy to ‘buy’ influence and access through secret donations, drowning out the citizens’ voice and undermining the equal value of each person’s vote … (about /Why Focus on Who Funds Who? 1/2).

Project’s Homepage;
The Problem; Monitor; Research, Publications; Position Papers and Studies; Legislation; Links;
Addresses and Contacts on Institute for Security Studies ISS resp. on Institute for Democracy in South Africa IDASA.

About /Why Focus on Who Funds Who? 2/2: … Triggered by the glaring absence of a provision for the regulation of private funding of political parties in South African law, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa)  initiated this web-based resource, the first of its kind on the African continent. This is envisaged to inform the policy debate into the private funding of political parties in South Africa. 

What is the Overall Objective?

  • This project serves to inform and support the debate surrounding the need for regulation of party funding and the need for disclosure as well as enhance the capacity of researchers, journalists and civil society to track the link between money and its effect on the political process. It is hoped that this will contribute to limiting the opportunity for corruption and abuse of public office. We have also aimed to create a broad resource for researchers, academics and policy-makers on the policy options available to govern the funding of political parties. It is hoped that the Party Funding Monitor will eventually also serve as an effective monitoring tool once disclosure regulation have been put in place. The project also hopes to inform the debate elsewhere in the Southern African region – and where possible inform similar applied policy research initiatives on the subject.

Who Are the Project Partners?

  • ISS Web SiteThe Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an applied policy research. The vision of the ISS is a stable and peaceful Africa, characterised by human rights, the rule of law, democracy and collaborative security. This is supported by the ISS mission to conceptualise, inform and enhance the human security debate in Africa. The ISS Organised Crime and Corruption Programme, based in Cape Town is active in applied policy research projects across the African continent and is recognised as a pre-eminent regional research organisation doing work in this field.
  • Idasa Web SiteThe Institute for Democracy in Southern Africa (idasa) has its mission the promotion of sustainable democracy by building democratic institutions, educating citizens and advocating social justice in South Africa and elsewhere. The Political Information and Monitoring Service (PIMS) is a flagship national programme of Idasa. PIMS’ mission is to challenge political and socio-economic inequality by strengthening people’s power to participate in accountable democratic institutions. Idasa, through the work of PIMS, has done extensive work in the area of good governance in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa.

The Team: … (full text about).

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