Panel Discussion on Democratisation in Africa:”Challenges & Opportunities”


Panel Discussion on Democratisation in Africa:”Challenges & Opportunities”

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We are delighted to invite you to this distinguished panel discussion on democratisation in Africa. In recent years, we have seen Africa gradually emerging from an era plagued with underdevelopment, poverty and conflicts into a new decade dominated with efforts to improve infrastructure and trade, strengthen institutions and enhance democracy across the continent.

A gradual process that has faced enormous challenges raging from bad governance, corruption, unconstitutional power changes to investor apathy.

Despite of all these challenges, there is a huge pool of untapped opportunities which if exploited diligently and efficiently will speed up the development and democratisation processes on the continent.

In the wake of all these, there is therefore a continuous quest to keep listening and talking to those contributing directly through counselling, advising and crafting the policies being implemented across most part of the continent.

It is therefore in this light that the African Policy Forum (APF), in Partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); University of London invites you to join:

Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh; Director and Senior Associate for Africa; National Democratic Institute (NDI),

Prof. Steven Chan; Professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and

Dr. Muzong Kodi; Fellow Associate for the African program at the Chatham House

for a panel discussion on the Democratisation in Africa.

Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); University of London

Brunnei Suite (Ground Floor)

Date : 25th November 2010

Time : 5:30pm – 8:00pm

This event is FREE but registration is required to secure a place.

Register now: click here to register


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Comment by Phil on November 9, 2010 at 9:39
In terms of the scope of this Panel Discussion I would be interested to attend if there is to be consideration of the levels of empowerment of local authorities (as we know them in UK) in developing countries, for example District Assemblies in Ghana and Departements in Ivory Coast - are the communities served willing and able to contribute to those local authorities and how can community representatives make progress beyond just reporting problems for which the budget to address major issues is lacking. People need to see tangible outcomes from democratic local organisations and it appears all too frequently that the machinery is not in place to connect central government with local and public with private sector in the areas that could produce real results.

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