Ralph Sprenkels, NIMD’s programme manager for Guatemala, El Salvador and Colombia, was interviewed by Belgian newspaper De Morgen. The article is about violent gangs in Central-America and the migration of the youth to the USA, in the hope for a non-violent life. You can read the full article (in Dutch) here.
In the media
Below you find articles, audio fragments and video’s by several different media mentioning NIMD.
Senior programme manager for Latin America Heleen Schrooyen was interviewed by Vice Versa for their article on the Dutch international development cooperation policy in South America.
On 4 April 2014 Programme Manager South Caucasus and Georgia, Kati Piri, was interviewed by Roelof Hemmen on the Dutch radio station BNR Nieuwsradio.
‘Form Political Parties With National Character’
Mr Otoo was speaking at a workshop for representatives of political parties selected from Ghana, Malawi and South Sudan in Accra, which was jointly organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Ghana Political Parties’ Programme (GPPP) and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy- Africa Regional Programme (NIMD-ARP).
The former Attorney-General, who spoke on the sub-theme: ‘Understanding Politics in Ghana’ during the event titled: ‘Issues-Based and Ideologically Founded Party Politics,’ noted that political parties in the two countries must endeavor to organize primaries to enable their supporters elect their leaders and avoid the selection and imposition of political leaders on supporters.
‘Political leaders must be voted for within every political party,’ he said.
Denis Aywok Yoy, who represented the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Democratic Chair, in a speech, said after the independence of South Sudan, the ruling party-Sudan People’s Liberation Movement had managed the country single-handedly despite the roadmap drawn by the South Sudan Political Parties Conference.
He said the ruling party had failed the South Sudanese people.
‘That is evident by the widespread corruption in most state institutions as indicated by the list of 75 top corrupt officials, disappearance of funds from the President’s Office and the case of the Cabinet Affairs and then Finance Minister, followed by nepotism, tribalism, lack of freedom of expression and deliberate political parties marginalization,’ he added.
He spoke on the sub-theme: ‘Understanding Politics in South Sudan’ during the event.
Dr Blessings Chinsinga, who spoke on behalf of Malawian delegates on the sub-theme, ‘Understanding Politics in Malawi,’ noted that there had been strained relations between the Executive and Parliament in Malawi over the past few years.
He further noted that political parties in Malawi were divided along regional and tribal lines.
The event was aimed at assisting Malawian and South Sudanese political parties to learn how political parties in Ghana have embraced issue-based politics and how to build on their ideological orientation.
It was attended by 12 delegates from Malawi and three from South Sudan.
The Malawian delegation was led by Hon. Khwauh Msiska.
The South Sudan delegation had no leader because the three delegates represented the ruling party, the opposition party and the South Sudan Civil Society Group.
Re-strategize Political Programmes – Jerome Scheltens
He stressed the need for political parties to re-strategize their programmes to make their ideologies clear to the electorate and international bodies. By doing so, political parties in Africa and across the world would be viewed as legitimate and accountable, he said.
Mr. Scheltens was speaking at a workshop for representatives of political parties in Ghana, South Sudan and Malawi, which was jointly organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Ghana Political Parties’ Programmes (GPPP) and the Netherlands Institute of Multiparty Democracy-Africa Regional Programme (NIMD-ARP) held at the IEA.
Mr Scheltens, who spoke on the sub-theme: ‘Deconstructing misconceptions about electoral manifestos, political platforms and programmes: what is it and what is it not,’ further noted that political parties, in drafting their programmes and ideologies, should outline the means by which they would achieve economic growth instead of promising the electorate economic growth itself.
‘Everyone loves economic growth, so don’t say to your electorate you want economic growth, point out how you would achieve economic growth when you win election,’ he said.
Mr. Scheltens noted that political parties across Africa and the world should endeavor to be realistic with their programmes and their ideologies. ‘Make clear what you stand for and endeavor to understand that it would take you sometime to reach your target,’ he added.
According to him, governments and political parties in Africa and the Americas do not have clear programmes and ideologies. He said programmes of political parties must not replace personalities and added that there was the need to sustain political parties’ programmes and ideologies.
‘Don’t build your party so that when you are gone, the party should also be gone,’ he said.
A senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, in a speech, noted that past and present governments of Ghana had failed to follow development plans set out by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, also in a speech, called on all political parties in the country to educate their supporters on their ideologies to enable them understand what the objectives of parties.
‘We need to carry our party members along with training to enable them understand the ideologies and core beliefs of our parties,’ he added.