Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy comes clean :
There are atleast two reasons why I think it is wrong for NIMD to fund Zambian political parties in thisWith the support of NIMD, Zambia’s political parties have founded the Zambian Centre for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID), which is instrumental in creating political consensus on democratic reforms. NIMD also supports the institutional development of political parties in Zambia. NIMD provides this support on a fully inclusive and strictly impartial basis: all parliamentary parties are eligible for support, whether in government or in the opposition. The allocation of funding is based on modalities determined by ZCID. NIMD respects these modalities.
In 2009 the amounts received by the parties under individual contracts with NIMD are as follows: UNIP: € 14,285; NDF: € 14,285; ULP: €12,931 (due to underspending); PF: € 14,285 ; MMD: €14,285 and FDD: No contract signed in 2009. These amounts have been verified by a chartered accountant. In 2010, no contracts have been signed by NIMD and the political parties. Consequently, none of the parties has received any funds from NIMD in 2010. NIMD and ZCID are currently discussing matters relating the partnership, which we hope will be resolved in a few weeks.
First, it is morally wrong for them to give money to parties that perpetually engage in electoral fraud and dabble in violence. NIMD may argue that it is balanced but really why give money to these parties that only use it to buy and ship cadres to electoral areas and breed violence and intimidate old people? It is not good enough for NIMD to argue that it cannot be held responsible for how the money is used. Its like lending a gun to someone who is a perpetual serial killer and then claim that you simply give! The record of electoral fraud is well known, as is the on-going intimidation of voters in many parts by self-appointed cadres.
Secondly, NIMD's funding distorts incentives for parties to collaborate. The mushrooming of parties that we have seen clearly have their compass locked on foreign organisations like NIMD. These things continue to perpetuate the politics of poverty. NDF, FDD and ULP are one man parties that are doing nothing for the advancement of our political system. I have always defended the conferred right of these parties to exist, but not when their existence is an outcome of external intervention. It is highly questionable whether these small one band parties would make any noise without the euros in their pockets. These organisations like NIMD serve no useful role in our democratic process.
As a general point, I continue to oppose central funding of political parties, whether through government or NIMD. If NIMD wants to help, it should focus its attention on lobbying for tight regulation on political funding as discussed here. What we need is a regulatory system not more money from the likes of NIMD.