Money is essential for democratic politics. However, there is a risk of the abuse of money in politics if donations are shrouded in secrecy. Private funding is unregulated in South Africa, leaving foreign donors to contribute large amounts into the coffers of political parties in secret. Political contributions from foreign interests that are not carefully monitored risk increasing corruption and policy capture in domestic politics. Comparative examination of political finance regulations around the world reveals international best practices that can inform prospective South African party funding reform. Click on the link below to download the pdf report.

Should Foreign Funding to Political Parties be Banned in South Africa?