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The rise and rise of democracy

Posted by Adam Jeacock on December 12, 2017

December is always a time for reflection and as we approach the end of 2017 and look back over what’s happened around the world this year, anyone could be forgiven for feeling despondent about what democracy really means.

Political polarisation and the rise of populism create a danger for democracy and threaten transparency and trust. In many countries, including the UK and the US, more or less half the population did not get the result they wanted when they cast their votes recently, which has created division and instability.

But it would be wrong to buy into this world view. The reality is that over the past four decades democracy across the globe has risen to a post-war high and a comparison of a map of the world’s democratic and autocratic countries from 1976 and 2016 shows a very different picture¹.

For Zimbabwe, the 2018 elections should bring what the country has been waiting for, and although the recent changes in leadership are no guarantee of reform, it is a time of great hope for the country.

The right to vote is fundamental to our society and in the UK we expect the voting process to run smoothly with no mishaps; the same should be the case for every nation, no matter how new they are to the procedure, but this needs the support of specialist companies such as Smith & Ouzman to provide the framework that sits behind free and fair elections. For democracy to work strict procedures need to be adhered to and that’s why best practice for the procurement of electoral services is so vital.

Smith & Ouzman has a long tradition of working with election bodies and government departments around the world and continues to support overseas financial, educational and election markets with vigour, ensuring best practice is followed and supporting all parties involved.

So the message to take into 2018 is that democracy is an upward trend that we should remember when the negative news stories from around the globe seem to make the concept of world peace an impossible dream.

We would like to wish the people of Zimbabwe every success, stability and growth for the years ahead

¹ www.pewresesarch.org

Source: The rise and rise of democracy on Emerge//Secure

#SAAEA2017

Posted by Adam Jeacock on March 30, 2017

The 11th Southern Africa Association for Education Assessment Conference

The Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) will be hosting the 11th annual conference of the Southern Africa Association for Education Assessment (SAAEA) at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, Malawi from 17th July to 19th July 2017.

Conference Theme:
“Promoting Excellence in Assessment for Quality Education”

Smith & Ouzman is partnering with MANEB and ICAM who are your hosts for #SAAEA2017. We have a proud heritage of assisting educational institution in Africa in the form of sponsorships for various conferences and we look forward to helping make #SAAEA2017 a huge success.

The below link contains all the information you need to attend the conference and we urge you all to join us in Malawi in July.

Supporting Documents for SAAEA Conference

Warren Sanders
International Sales Manager – Southern Africa

T: +44 (0) 1323 524 000
C: +44 (0) 7894 193 937
F: +44 (0) 1323 524 024
E: wrs@smith-ouzman.com

Funding Ambulances in Kenya

Posted by Adam Jeacock on March 22, 2017

Seeing the arrival of these ambulances in Kenya is a positive conclusion to a very painful experience for all concerned at Smith & Ouzman; it had long been hoped that this might be the outcome of negotiations between the British and Kenyan governments.

Lessons have been learnt which have benefited Smith & Ouzman’s ongoing development, with new market leading bribery and corruption prevention management systems being put in place. Smith & Ouzman is also the first company in the security print industry to attain BS10500 accreditation (soon to become ISO37001).

We are sure that our experiences have helped open the eyes of many businesses involved in international trade to the pitfalls of trading in such difficult markets. Smith & Ouzman continues to support overseas financial, educational and election markets with renewed vigor, ensuring best practice is followed and supporting all parties involved. We would like to wish everyone involved in the running of the new fleet of ambulances every success and hope the fleet will give many years of reliable service.