Focus on democracy in Africa

2019-09-03 06:00

University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and the Kofi Annan Foundation will host the “Democracy in central and southern Africa X The Road Ahead” conference from Wednesday 4 to Thursday 5 September.

The conference aims to provide a platform for governments and civil society leaders to take stock of the state of democracy in central and southern Africa and to reaffirm their commitment to deepening democracy in the interest of peace, development and the respect of human rights.

The conference, which will take place at the UCT Graduate School of Business conference centre, will also present solutions to the challenges that threaten democracy in central and southern Africa.

Speakers will include Graça Machel (chancellor, UCT), Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng (vice-chancellor, UCT), Alan Doss (president, The Kofi Annan Foundation), Prof Faizel Ismail (director, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance), Sebastien Brack (head of programme-democracy and elections, The Kofi Annan Foundation), Prof Alison Gillwald (expert, Digital Governance in Africa), Dr Christopher Fomunyoh (senior associate for Africa and regional director, National Democratic Institute), and Chipokota Mwanawasa (a Zambian lawyer and political strategist).

V For inquiries on the conference, contact Mabel Sithole on mabel.sithole@uct.ac.za or 021 650 5239.

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