By Nokukhanya Nox Ntuli
July 10, 2017
Republished from Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA)
Many congratulations to ALC Alumni Nox Ntuli, who has had a recent publication article "The Impact of Regional and Sub-regional Norms and Standards on Democratic Governance in Promoting Constitutionalism in Africa", published in the EISA publication Checks and Balances: African constitutions and democracy in the 21st century.
The effectiveness of regional and sub-regional organisations in promoting constitutionalism in Africa is oftn called into question. Yet, when the history of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and its evolution into the African Union is explained the significant role played by these organisations becomes clear. Although there have been challenges, normative and institutional frameworks have been implemented to address the deficiencies in constitutionalism, including serious human rights violations. Thus, Africa in 2016 was far more conscious of, and complaint with, the principles of constitutionalism than it was in the 1960s after independence. There is no doublt that democratic governance has improved over the years and regional and sub-regional organisations have contributed to these improvements. Nonetheless, there is still considerable work to be done if the continent is, as Agenda 2063 states, to 'create the Africa we want'. The fact that the destination has not yet been reached does not mean that the journey has been a failure.
Nokukhanya Nox Ntuli is an alumna of the Africa Leadership Centre and currently works at the World Bank Group, International Finance Corporation based in Washington DC.