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Amode´s work

  1. 1. The work of AMODE - Mozambican Association for the Development and Democracy Maputo 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>In August of 1997, NDI (National Democratic Institute for International Affairs – see note on the last slide) national network of civic education trainers formed the Mozambican Association for the Development of Democracy (AMODE) as a non-party and non-profit organization </li></ul><ul><li>In October of the same year NDI began a capacity building program with AMODE and helped coordinate AMODE's Voter Education program to promote participation in local elections (1998). </li></ul>
  3. 3. AMODE's PROFILE <ul><li>AMODE looks for assure that the citizens enjoy its rights, giving its opinions, making suggestions and presenting questions that contribute for improvement of the governance; </li></ul><ul><li>With 225 members has representation on eight provinces ; </li></ul><ul><li>AMODE headquarters is based in Maputo and establishes partnerships with different national and international institutions . </li></ul>
  4. 4. AMODE PARTNERSHIPS <ul><li>In Partnership with NIMD (note on last slide) promotes an inclusive culture in the political system, a non-authoritarian culture in the parties and a democratic culture in the whole of Mozambique, supporting the role of civil society, especially through initiatives taken by women and those designed to stimulate open debate. </li></ul>
  5. 5. WORKING WITH EISA (Electoral Institute for Southern Africa) <ul><li>Work with Parliament / round tables between MP and CSO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance on electoral processes, which included capacity-building for CSOs to participate in the electoral, through campaigns, civic education and monitoring voter registration and elections; </li></ul><ul><li>Carried out the first ever voters' roll test conducted by civil society in Mozambique. Teams were deployed in each of Mozambique's ten provinces. As a pilot exercise, the test will used list-to-people methodology. It was be implemented in 33 municipalities ahead of the municipal elections expected to take place later this year. </li></ul><ul><li>This work was to be done with the Electoral Observatory which is composed of the Christian Council (the umbrella grouping of the main protestant churches), the Islamic Council, the Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Human Rights League (LDH), the Mozambican Association for the Development of Democracy (AMODE), the Centre for Studies in Democracy and Development (CEDE), and the Organization for Conflict Resolution (OREC). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Since November 2007 <ul><li>AMODE is involved in a Initiative which general objective is to improve the poverty reduction effectiveness of local governments through increased accountability and participation. </li></ul><ul><li>The specific objectives of the Initiative are : </li></ul><ul><li>improve downward accountability by increasing demand on district and municipal public managers through active and systematic monitoring of their performance by citizens; </li></ul><ul><li>mobilize citizens living in districts and municipalities and the Mozambican public in general about the need to participate in public life. </li></ul>
  7. 7. CONCLUSION <ul><li>In conclusion I would say that in general AMODE works on the following areas; </li></ul><ul><li>CIVIL LIBERTIES </li></ul><ul><li>Gender equity: Rights of ethnic, religious, and other distinct groups: freedom of conscience and belief </li></ul><ul><li>ANTICORRUPTION AND TRANSPARENCY </li></ul><ul><li>Environment to protect against corruption; Enforcement of anticorruption laws; Governmental transparency </li></ul><ul><li>ACCOUNTABILITY AND PUBLIC VOICE </li></ul><ul><li>Free and fair electoral laws and elections: Effective and accountable government: Civic engagement and civic monitoring: Media independence and freedom of expression: </li></ul>
  8. 8. NOTES <ul><li>Headquartered in Washington, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Calling on a global network of volunteer experts, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. NDI works with democrats in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government </li></ul><ul><li>The NIMD is an institute of political parties for political parties. In line with the development cooperation policy of the Dutch Government and as a response to international requests for support by political parties and groups abroad. NIMD was established on April 2000. </li></ul>
  9. 9. NOTES II <ul><li>3. EISA is a not for profit organisation, a non-partisan organisation which seeks to promote democratic principles, free and fair elections, a strong civil society and good governance at all levels of Southern African society. It was established in 1996 and is based in Johannesburg (South Africa) with a field office in Maputo (Mozambique). </li></ul>