Ebrahim Fakir

Wednesday 21st May 

Title: SA Elections 2014 - Continuity or Change?

Summary:  The talk will be based on the nature of the pre – election political environment and will focus briefly on the results and what he imagine the implications for society might be.


Ebrahim Fakir currently works as the Manager of the Political Parties and Parliamentary Programme at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) which he joined in February 2009. Awarded the Ruth First Fellowship for 2014 at the University of The Witwatersrand, he was also previously Associate of the African Legislatures Project at the University of Cape Town. Ebrahim was Senior Researcher and Analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg (2003-2009), he also worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) [1998-2003] at both IDASA's Pretoria and Cape Town offices and  at the first democratic Parliament of the Republic of South Africa (1996-1998). Before that, he was tutor in English Literature at the then University of Durban-Westville (1994-1996). He writes in the popular press as well as academic and policy journals on politics, development, political economy and the state. He is used as a commentator by the domestic and international media, government, business and other organisations and has done training for state institutions, political parties and civil society organisations and has been involved in several large scale survey and qualitative research projects. He read for a degree in English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand; Johannesburg where he was elected on to the Students Representative Council (1992/1993) and subsequently appointed as projects officer. He was visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (2006/2007) as is a former Draper Hills Summer Fellow at the Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University (2011).   

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