Presentations and Briefings

2014

  • "Why Constituency Development Funds in Africa? Representation vs. Constituency Service". Presentation to Afrobarometer/Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) Symposium to mark the conclusion of the seventh Afrobarometer/CSSR Summer School, University of Cape Town, 7 February 2014 (Robert Mattes)

2013

  • "Institutionalising Democracy in Africa? Variability in Legislative Performance. Early Findings from the African Legislatures Project (ALP)" Presentation to University of Iowa 27 August 2013 (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa? Assessing the State of Legislatures. Overview of Findings from the African Legislatures Project (ALP)" Presentation to USAID (Deliberative Bodies IQC Partners Meeting) 9 May 2013 (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa? Assessing the State of Legislatures. Overview of Findings from the African Legislatures Project (ALP)" Presentation to UK Department for International Development, 18 March 2013. (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)

2012

  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa? Assessing the State of Legislatures"
    African Legislatures Project Presentation to Hanns Siedel Foundation, Cape Town
    16 October 2012 (Prof Robert Mattes)
  • Validation Workshop on Preliminary Findings of doctoral thesis on ‘Legislative Recruitment, Legislative Behaviour and Legislative Legitimacy in Mozambique’.
    Presentation to current and former MPs at the Parliament of Mozambique, legislative staff and local scholars on 11 September 2012 at Hotel Girassol, Maputo. (Carlos Shenga, University of Cape Town) The event was funded by Carlos Shenga’s 2012 UPEACE-IDRC Doctoral Research Award.
  • "Case-study of Complex Research Project: The African Legislatures Project (ALP)". Presentation to Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) Short Course on Research for South African Parliamentary Researchers 25-27 June 2012 (Elizabeth Welsh, University of Cape Town) 
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa?: Comparative Findings from the African Legislatures Project (ALP)." Presentation to the Kenya Legislative Development Conference on 29-30 March 2012 at Nairobi, Kenya. (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "Proposals on Collaboration with Parliament and Provincial Legislatures of South Africa." Presentation to the 2012 Consultative Seminar on Strengthening democracy through global collaboration of Legislatures on oversight on 16 March 2012 at The Good Hope Chamber, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, Cape Town. (Tim Hughes)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa? Assessing the State of Legislatures." Presentation to the Symposium for Civil Society on Recent Research on African Legislatures: Namibia in Comparative Perspective on 30 March 2012 at Namibia Institute for Democracy, Windhoek. (Robert Mattes, University of Cape Town, Joel Barkan, University of Iowa, and Shaheen Mozaffar, Bridgewater State University)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa?: Comparative Findings from the African Legislatures Project (ALP).” Presentation to the Kenya Legislative Development Conference, on 30 March 2012 (Joel D. Barkan)

2011

  • "Education, Legislators and Legislatures in Africa." Presentation to the Southern African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) Western Cape Regional Colloquium on 7 October 2011 at University of Cape Town. (Robert Mattes, University of Cape Town, Joel Barkan, University of Iowa, and Shaheen Mozaffar, Bridgewater State University)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa? Early Comparative Findings from the African Legislatures Project." Presentation at Cornell University, 22 September, 2011. (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa. Findings from the African Legislatures Project." Presentation for Development Alternatives Incorporated, 23 June, 2011. (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "The African Legislatures Project: Country Study Findings.” Presentation to the Committee of Chairpersons, Office of Committees, Oversight and Information Communication Technology, South African National Assembly, 22 June 2011 (Tim Hughes and Michelle Esau)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa: Findings from the African Legislatures Project.” Presentation to National Democratic Institute, 16 June, 2011 (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "Why CDF's? The Pressures for Constituency Service and Political Finance." Presentation at SUNY Albany/CPA Workshop on Constituency Development Funds, 6 June, 2011. (Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar, Joel Barkan)
  • "Institutionalizing Democracy in Africa? Assessing the State of Legislatures." Presentation World Bank Public Sector Unit, Africa Region/World Bank Political Economy Community of Practice/World Bank Institute, Washington DC, 1 June, 2011. (Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar, Joel Barkan)
  • "Legislative Committees in Africa's Emerging Democracies." American Political Science Annual meetings, Seattle, 2011. (Shaheen Mozaffar, Joel Barkan, Robert Mattes)

2010

  • “Rules and Rents: Legislative Contention in Nigeria,” the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, 3 September 2010. (Professor Peter M. Lewis)
  • "Nigeria Legislative Study: Rules, Rents & Roles." AFR GAC in Africa Learning Series, Session # 13, World Bank, 22 June 2010. (Peter Lewis)
  • “The African Legislatures Project: Early Findings.” AFR GAC in Africa Learning Series, Session # 13, World Bank, 22 June 2010. (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, and Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • “New Knowledge About African Legislatures”, Research Seminar, Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town, 27 May 2010. (Shaheen Mozaffar and Joel D. Barkan)
  • “What Do We Know About African Citizens, Legislators and Legislatures? Presentation to Africa Day Panel on “The State of Democracy in Africa: Advance or Retreat?” University of Cape Town, 25 May 2010. (Presentation by Robert Mattes and Joel D. Barkan. Other presentations by Dr Somaduda Fikeni and Prof Kwesi Prah and Chaired by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo).
  • “The African Legislatures Project: First Findings.” Presentation to the Committee on Committees, Oversight and Information Communication Technology, South African National Assembly, 18 May 2010. (Robert Mattes and Tim Hughes)
  • "The African Legislatures Project: First Findings," UCLA Seminar on African Elections: Quality and Impact, 19 April, 2010. (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes and Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "Role Orientations of Cross-Pressured Legislators in Africa’s Emerging Democracies,” Boston University African Studies Center, 8 February, 2010. (Shaheen Mozaffar)

2009

  • "The Pressures for Constituency Service: Data from the African Legislatures Project," Presentation to the SUNY Albany Conference on Constituency Development Finds, 8-9 December 2009 (Joel D. Barkan, Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • “The African Legislatures Project: First Findings,” Presentation to Conference on Presidential-Legislative Relations, University of Oxford, UK, 13-14 November 2009. (Joel D. Barkan)
  • “The African Legislatures Project: Introduction and Preliminary Findings.” Presentation at Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, 29 October 2009. (Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • Report on ALP: "The African Legislatures Project: First Findings" (Robert Mattes, Joel Barkan, Shaheen Mozaffar, Kimberly Smiddy), presented to UK Department for International Development 27 July 2009 (presentation by Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • "Role Orientations of Cross-Pressured Legislators: Preliminary Findings from the African Legislatures Project." American Political Science Annual meetings, Toronto, 2009 (Shaheen Mozaffar, Joel Barkan, Robert Mattes and Kimberly Smiddy)

2008

  • "Why Some Legislatures Develop and Others Do Not: African Legislatures and the “Third Wave” of Democratization” at Center for Strategic and International Studies, University of Iowa, December 4, 2008. (Joel D. Barkan)
  • "The African Legislatures Project: Initial Findings” at Conference on “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Parliaments: Challenges and Opportunities,” Wilton Park, October 28-30, 2008. (presentation by Robert Mattes, Shaheen Mozaffar, Kimberly Smiddy and Joel Barkan)
  • "Legislatures, Term Limits and the Containment of Neo-Patrimonialism in Africa” at Conference on “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Parliaments: Challenges and Opportunities,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 24, 2008. (Joel D. Barkan)
  • “Understanding Legislatures in Africa’s Emerging Democracies: A Preliminary Report from the African Legislatures Project.” American Political Science Association, Boston, Aug 28-31, 2008 (Shaheen Mozaffar, Joel Barkan, Robert Mattes and Kimberly Smiddy)
  • “Context, Contingency and Electoral Reform.” American Political Science Association, Boston, Aug 28-31, 2008 (Robert Mattes)
  • “Understanding Legislative Oversight in Africa’s Emerging Democracies.” International Political Science Association Research Committee of Legislative Specialists Conference on “Legislative Oversight, Influence, and Autonomy: Changing the Balance of Power,” SUNY, Albany, August 24-26 2008. (Presentation by Robert Mattes, Kimberly Smiddy)
  • “Understanding Legislatures in Emerging Democracies: Africa in Comparative Perspective.” European Consortium for Political Research Workshop, University of Rennes, France, April 11-16, 2008 (presentation by Robert Mattes)

2007

  • "Higher Education and Legislatures in Africa: A Research Agenda" presented to Higher Education and Research Advocacy Network, November 13 2007 (Kimberly Smiddy)
  • "Executive-Legislative Relations in Africa: Preliminary Research Findings" presented to SADC PF October 20 2007 (Kimberly Smiddy)
  • “The Consequences of Electoral System Design for Democratic Citizenship in Africa.” Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Conference on “Electoral Systems and Accountability: Options for Electoral Reforms in South Africa,” Cape Town, August 28, 2007. (Presentation by Robert Mattes, Joel Barkan, Shaheen Mozaffar, Kimberly Smiddy)
  • “Legislative Research in Africa: Future Directions.” African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy Conference, UCT, June 5 2007 (Robert Mattes)
  • “The Impact of AIDS on Parliament.” African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy Conference, UCT, June 5 2007 (Per Strand)
  • “Understanding Executive-Legislative Relations in Africa’s Emerging Democracies.” African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy Conference, UCT, June 5 2007 (Shaheen Mozaffar)
  • “USAID Legislative Strengthening Efforts in Africa.” African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy Conference, UCT, June 5 2007 (Monica Koep)
  • “Mozambique´s Assembly of the Republic - Learning to Crawl Before Learning to Walk.” African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy Conference, UCT, June 4 2007 (Elisabete Azevedo)
  • “National Assembly of Zambia: Resources and Capacity.” African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy Conference, UCT, June 4 2007 (Shana Warren)
  • “The Tanzanian Legislature (The “BUNGE”): Assessing Organizational Resources And Capacity.” African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy conference, UCT, June 4 2007 (Baffour Agreyman-Duah)
  • Presentation on Legislative Capacity in Nigeria. African Legislatures: Integrating Research and Policy Conference, UCT, June 4 2007 (Dr Ladi Hamalai)