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Initiative on constitutions in Africa

The development of constitutionalism in Africa reveals an important paradox: under the impetus of both internal and external factors, much progress has been made in democracy and human rights protection, yet the ineffectiveness of constitutions and their unsuitability for the societies they are expected to regulate inspire a great deal of scepticism. Indeed, constitutions are sometimes themselves a source of conflict. This paradox should lead us to further reflect on and re-examine the problem of anchoring constitutions in African societies. Thus the initiative proposes to study and make proposals on values defended by constitutions, on how constitutions are drafted and adopted and on the conditions required to guarantee their efficiency and effectiveness.

View the document Initiative on constitutions in Africa and research group on modes of governance in Africa

A project initiative Governance, pluralism and conflict resolution

Production of the initiative: Food for thought on constitutions in Africa

Food for thought on constitutions in Africa

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