POLITICAL PARTY CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM (PPCBP)
Political parties are essential building blocks of a democratic political system without democracy can't function. They give voters a choice of represantatives and policies. In Namibia, the choice between parties during elections is quite wide with 16 political parties contesting. In order for elections to be meaningful and offer a real choice for voters, however, parties that participate in elections should be able to do so in a competitve manner. In order to be able to do that, a number of ingredients such as
- active membership
- inner-party democracy
- sound internal administration
- vibrant forums for policy formulation
- a media and communication strategy
- short and long-term plans and strategies for party growth
- fundraising knowledge and experience
- long-term approaches in election campaigning
are necessary. Yet, amongst many political parties in Namibia, some of these factors remain a challenge as low levels of institutional capacity and technical knowledge about internal and external management can be observed.
Aims and objectives of the PPCBP
For that reason, NID and the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation (HSF) entered a cooperation aiming to enhance leadership abilities through developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior of individuals that are members of political parties. Thus, the participants will be enabled to ensure the optimal development of the organisational needs of their political parties and guide them on the way forward. The PPCBP will strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of all registered political parties to ensure that parties possess the necessary technical capacity to meaningfully operate in a multi-party political system. In 2016, the focus is on transforming political party leaders. The activities for 2016 will be targeted at members that are active in political parties and consist of the following:
1.) Training Workshops outlining 2 topics
- Transformational Leadership in Political Parties (March & April). This workshop introduces participants to the notions of leadership, particularly focusing on ethics and how to transform political party members into ensuring a functional and effective political party.
- Accountable Governance of Democratic Institutions (June & July). This workshop introduces participants to the apparatus of the state and to vital institutions state and non-state institutions.
2.) Mentorship Programme (Feb-Nov)
The purpose of the mentorship program is to track the personal development of participants in order to ensure that their growth is monitored and guided. Each participant will meet up with NID on 3 occasions individually to share their ambitions. NID will provide guidance to the participant. In addition, each participant will be provided with a mentor within their political party. The mentorship programme is important for participants to strengthen their bond with older political party members in order to gain from their experience. This strengthens the capacity of political party members as their development is aided by another political party member that has experience.
3.) Final Open House (October)
At the first workshop, participants will be tasked to identify a challenge within their political party, and throughout the course they will have to provide a solution. At the end of the year, participants will be tasked to present their solutions on display, and the public will be invited to open house to view these solutions. A panel will also take place with participants and mentors and implementers to discuss the challenges and successes of the program. The yearly schedule for the participant is as follows: