Africa Notes: African Democratization: An Update - April 1995
April 1, 1995
U.S. democratization programs in sub-Saharan Africa have evolved rapidly in recent years, acquiring considerable complexity and sophistication. From an initial emphasis in the early 1990s on supporting elections, and above all on sending election observers, democracy programs funded by Washington have developed a broad range of activities aimed at strengthening parliaments and judiciaries, educating citizens, and promoting civil society. Elections, and above all transitional elections from single-party systems, continue nevertheless to consume a large part of the funds devoted to democratization.