Idasa to close due to lack of funding

2013-03-26 11:06


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Cape Town - The Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa) announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its doors, due to a lack of funding.

Idasa executive director Paul Graham said in a statement that unless "substantial immediate additional financial support is forthcoming", an application would be heard in the North Gauteng High Court on 2 April for the winding up of the organisation, which is a registered Section 21 company.

"It is with regret, but also appreciation for what has been achieved and understanding of the inevitability of changing circumstances, that the board of Idasa announces the closure of this respected organisation."

Idasa describes itself on its website as independent public interest organisation committed to building sustainable democratic societies in collaboration with African and global partners.

Economic and socio-political circumstances

Graham said that every effort has been made over the last three years to reshape Idasa to adapt to current economic and socio-political circumstances, but the organisation has been unable to garner the financial support necessary to continue its work or pay its debts.

"We would like to thank most sincerely all those who have supported Idasa during its 27 years of existence, and especially the citizens of many countries and the diplomatic and donor communities who share our vision of helping to build democratic societies in Africa.

"We have been privileged to play our part in many of the critical political events of the past two decades, to contribute to the increasing peace and prosperity of many countries in Africa, and to the deepening of democracy in South Africa and elsewhere.

"We give the assurance that all those who have been called upon to make this painful decision are committed to carrying on with work that promotes the principles that underpinned Idasa," Graham said.

Writing about the history of Idasa, Moira Levy said: "Idasa’s strength has always been its ability to change and adapt to different circumstances. Its history and development have been closely tied to the evolution of democracy in South Africa – it has worked under the apartheid regime, states of emergency, a transitional government and democratically elected parliaments. But while it has changed focus and reshaped its strategy many times over the years, it has always seen itself as a critical ally of democracy. In this role over the years Idasa has engaged in projects and activities covering the widest spectrum of democratic transition and consolidation, not only within the borders of South Africa but also in a growing number of other African nations."

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