Ms. Judith February

Ms. Judith February is head of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa’s Political Information and Monitoring Service (PIMS), a program launched in 1995 to monitor the work and assess the quality of South Africa’s democratic institutions. As head of PIMS, Ms. February works extensively on issues of good governance, transparency, and accountability, especially as they relate to South Africa’s parliament and the way in which it exercises oversight over the executive. A lawyer by training, Ms. February is a founding member of the “Right to Know” campaign and a contributor to several news outlets, including the Cape Times, where her column “Between the Lines” appears every two weeks. In 2011, she was listed in the Financial Mail’s “Little Black Book,” as well as in the Mail and Guardian’s List of Top 100 Women in South Africa. During her fellowship, Ms. February is writing a paper outlining the importance of the right to freedom of information regarding political party funding in South Africa.


"The Toxic Mix: Money, Power, and Politics in South Africa," National Endowment for Democracy, June 21, 2012


Irreverence is part of SA’s artistic tradition, Pretoria News, July 11, 2012. 

Eye on the Prize, Independent Online, May 20, 2012. 

Eloquent Reminder of our Power, Independent Online, April 16, 2012.