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The proposed SADC Parliament: Old wine in new bottles or an ideal whose time has come?
28 July 2011

This monograph is an analysis of the prospects for a regional legislative assembly for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It explores the threats and challenges posed by such an initiative in a sub-region where, for the past 30 years of the regional integration project, policy making has been executive-centric without much involvement of other arms of government and non-state actors. The study further explores the respective mandates, powers and functions of the East African Legislative Assembly, the ECOWAS Parliament, the Pan African Parliament, and the European Parliament to inform the competitive advantage of a sub-regional legislative institution for SADC. Finally, the study makes recommendations on ways and means through which the objective of establishing a SADC Parliament could be realised.

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Cette monographie constitue une analyse des perspectives d’une assemblée législative régionale pour la Communauté de Développement d’Afrique Australe (SADC). Elle examine les menaces et les défi s que peut présenter une telle initiative dans une sous-région où, au cours des 30 dernières années du projet d’intégration régionale, les décisions ont été prises par l’organe exécutif sans véritable implication des autres branches du gouvernement ou acteurs non-étatiques. Par ailleurs, l’étude examine les mandats, pouvoirs et fonctions respectifs de l’Assemblée Législative de la Communauté Est-Africaine, du Parlement de la CEDEAO, du Parlement panafricain, et du Parlement européen pour apporter des informations sur l’avantage concurrentiel d’une institution législative sous-régionale pour la SADC. Enfi n, l’étude émet des recommandations sur les voies et moyens permettant d’atteindre l’objectif visant à établir un parlement de la SADC.

About the author:

Takawira Musavengana is the human rights and democracy-building manager at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa in Johannesburg. He previously served as a senior researcher for the Security Sector Governance Programme at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, and democracy and governance officer at the SADC Parliamentary Forum in Windhoek, Namibia. His interests include parliamentary democracy and elections in Africa, human rights and social justice.

This monograph has been made possible through core funding provided to the ISS by the governments of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
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