Discussion fora: grassroots democracy at work in Tanzania

Multiparty politics was introduced in Tanzania in 1992, opening the door for grassroots democracy. Since then Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET), based at the University of Dar es Salaam, has organized a number of Discussion Fora (DF). The Discussion Fora were an attempt to re-start a discussive social process at local, ward and district levels, as a way of invigorating civic culture and boosting the civic competence of people at the grassroots. This book contains assessments of the work done in the fora since they were launched in 1996. In Chapter One, Bernadeta Killian evaluates The REDET Discussion Fora: a conceptual framework and historical context. In Chapter Two, Mohammed A. Bakri analyses Discussion Fora: the structure and operations, examining how they have worked. In Chapter Three, Ng’wanza Kamata examines Salient features of the Discussion Fora. The impact of the Discussion Fora on scoio-economic processes is evaluated by Laurean Ndumbaro in Chapter Four. Amos Mhina extracts Lessons from the Discussion Fora experience in Chapter Five. In Chapter Six, Cosmas Mogella weighs up the Sustainability of the Discussion Fora. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title:Discussion fora: grassroots democracy at work in Tanzania
Editor:Mhina, A.
Year:2008
Pages:101
Language:English
City of publisher:Dar es Salaam
Publisher:REDET
ISBN:9987609341; 9789987609345
Geographic term:Tanzania
Abstract:Multiparty politics was introduced in Tanzania in 1992, opening the door for grassroots democracy. Since then Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET), based at the University of Dar es Salaam, has organized a number of Discussion Fora (DF). The Discussion Fora were an attempt to re-start a discussive social process at local, ward and district levels, as a way of invigorating civic culture and boosting the civic competence of people at the grassroots. This book contains assessments of the work done in the fora since they were launched in 1996. In Chapter One, Bernadeta Killian evaluates The REDET Discussion Fora: a conceptual framework and historical context. In Chapter Two, Mohammed A. Bakri analyses Discussion Fora: the structure and operations, examining how they have worked. In Chapter Three, Ng’wanza Kamata examines Salient features of the Discussion Fora. The impact of the Discussion Fora on scoio-economic processes is evaluated by Laurean Ndumbaro in Chapter Four. Amos Mhina extracts Lessons from the Discussion Fora experience in Chapter Five. In Chapter Six, Cosmas Mogella weighs up the Sustainability of the Discussion Fora. [ASC Leiden abstract]