Co-ordinated Social Research Agenda Is What Sa Needs

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I attended a dialogue in Parliament recently. It was hosted by the National Dialogue Initiative and two social partners. The theme was about assertiveness and accountability under the Constitution, so in effect it was about the idea of constitutional democracy.

It started with a keynote address followed by presentations by individuals from various arms of the government and representatives of society, namely, a faith-based leader and a civil society organisation. At the end of the presentations, selected individual respondents made comments.

This was a significant event insofar as it brought together interest groups from society and the government (mainly the judiciary), into one room inside the highest political architectural space in the country. What follows is a brief analytical overview of the substantive content of the event and research suggestions for moving forward....

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