Understanding the intricate roles religious institutions play in political change and democracy is paramount in shedding light on the broader dynamics of political transformation in Africa. In 2023, the Centre for Research, Training and Publications (CRTP) conducted a study to assess the role of religious institutions in political change and democracy in Eastern Africa region focusing in Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and DRC. The main objective of the study was to understand the role religious leaders play in promoting political change and democracy across the region. The study findings revealed that religious institutions have been pivotal in advocating for peace, democratic reforms, and political change. Additionally, they have been addressing challenges such as identity manipulation, unemployment, and human rights awareness through national reconciliation initiatives , dialogue and meetings.

Key recommendations that emerge from the study include:

  1. advocating for ethical leadership and non-violent actions against human rights abuses
  2. organizing peace forums, workshops, and conferences for religious leaders to engage in political change and democracy discussions
  3. strengthening the media’s role in promoting transparency in governance structures
  4. promoting open conversations among religious institutions, equal opportunities for registering faith-based organizations are needed
  5. enhancing inter-religious cooperation and political dialogue for societal and political transformation