n Africa Insight - Mauritius : an exemplar of democracy, development and peace for the Southern African Development Community?

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


In August 2004 Mauritius took over the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), at a time when SADC and the African Union are increasingly promoting policies - notably through the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) - that seek to link democracy, good governance, development and peace and security. This article examines Mauritius's traditions and practices of democracy and national security, and its role in SADC, with a view to determining whether it provides a model for SADC countries, and why it plays a leading role in the organisation. It concludes that Mauritius successfully demonstrates a link between democracy and security and will continue to see Africa, and Southern Africa in particular, as providing opportunities rather than threats.

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