Report : Freedom in SADC Countries (2013 to 2023)

Freedom in SADC Countries (2013 to 2023)

The availability of large data bases on democracy indicators allows comparisons of a country’s democratic status in ways previously very difficult. The Varieties of Democracy Institute provides one such data base (V-Dem), and we have recently used this data to examine comparative performance in the development of democracy in the counties of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). In the first report, using the V-Dem data, SADC countries were compared on indices for elections, civil space, and political violence. In the second, SADC countries were compared on their commitment to fostering civil society, including Civil Society organisations (CSOs), churches, and the press and media.

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