The Elasticity of Democracy
22nd-23rd May, 2018
The Elasticity of Democracy
22nd-23rd May, 2018
The elasticity of democracy in mosaic societies is one of the research streams under the Eastern Africa Resilience Hub. It seeks to enhance the conversation on democracy as it pertains to the African context. The Hub is hosting a two-day seminar that will examine various themes on democracy on the continent including; Democracy & Conflict, Origins of democracy and the Realities and Practice of democracy in the region. Eight country experts will be a part of this seminar, as well as our development partner IDRC (Governance & Justice Program) and key moderators. Which shall then harness the development of a body of literature that gives a nuanced overview of some of the democratic experiments in the region. The eight countries to be profiled are:
- South Sudan
Prof. Kassahun Berhanu Alemu
Kassahun Berhanu is Professor of Political Science at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He has researched and published on democracy, civil society, electoral politics, decentralized governance, as well as conflicts and peacekeeping in Africa. He received various awards as visiting professor and guest researcher at different academic and research institutions in Africa, Europe and USA. During his tenure at Addis Ababa University spanning over the last 30 years, he assumed various administrative positions. In 2005, he was appointed member of the panel of international experts in the Abyei Boundary Commission as a nominee of IGAD following the signing of the CPA by the Government of Sudan and SPLM/A.
Prof. V.G Simiyu of the University of Nairobi. He has forty three years of post-doctoral University teaching. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar-in-Residence in the U.S. He has done extensive research as evidenced by his publications, the latest being “Dini ya Musambwa as a National Liberation Movement, 1937-1963”, (Karatina University Press, 2016).
He has taught many courses including History of Political Ideas, Revolutions in World History, History of Human Rights, History of Science and Technology among many others. His area of specialization is Political History. A former Chairman of the Department of History and Archaeology he has acted as an external Examiner at Makerere, Dar-es-Salaam, Moi and Karatina Universities among others .He is an International Conference Simultaneous Interpreter, (English-French-English). In 2007, he was honoured with an EBS award by the President of the Republic of Kenya. He is married with seven children
Mr. Joseph Cihunda Hengelela
Joseph CIHUNDA HENGELELA is a PhD candidate in Law / University of Kinshasa. He successively obtained the diploma of graduate (2003), licensing (2005) and a Master, DES (2009) in the same university and Lecturer at Faculty of Law. He is a researcher at the Centre de Recherches et d’Etudes sur l’Etat de Droit en Afrique (CREEDA) and member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and participates in the program of Law for Sub-Saharan Africa the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He is the author of scientific publications. Member of the Editorial Committee of African Library Study for Law and Congelese Yearbook of Constitutional Justice. He is a lawer and Consultant for NGOs.
Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, an advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He holds a PhD in Public Law, University of Cape Town (RSA), LLM (Human Rights) Law (Distinction) University of Essex (UK); LLB (Honours) from Makerere University; and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Law Development Centre, recipient of several awards, including the African Human Rights Defenders Award, the Shanti K. Khinduka Award for Social Development, the European Union Human Rights Defender Award (2015). He has published widely in scholarly journals, and books on human rights, corporate governance, public sector management and access to justice, author of “Comparative Experiences of NGO Regulatory frameworks: Eastern & Southern Africa.
Dr Elias Sentamba holds a PhD degree in Political Science from Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (France), 2001. He has been Lecturer of Political Science and Head of Department both University of Burundi (2002-2007) and National University of Rwanda (2007-2010) respectively before joining the Institute for Economic Development in Burundi (IDEC). He is currently in charge of the Department of “ Governance & institutional Development’ at IDEC and is visiting professor at University of Burundi. He has published many papers in the field of political governance and has also conducted several trainings for different stakeholders such as security bodies (Police, Army, Intelligence), governemental branches (Parliament, Ombudsman Office, etc.), Civil society organizations, etc. on various political issues.
Fredrick Mutesa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Zambia, a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and a Doctor of Social Sciences from Konstanz University. He was a member of staff of the Development Studies Department in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zambia from 1985 to 2009. He has also been a visiting researcher at the International University of Japan (IUJ), University of Duisburg-Essen and University of Helsinki. His research interests include the state, civil society, development cooperation, peace and security studies, and poverty reduction. He currently works as an independent consultant to Government, Non-State Actors and Donors in Zambia.
Frederick Golooba-Mutebi is a Political Scientist with special interest in Political Economy. He previously worked at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa as a Research Officer and Post-doctoral Fellow, and as a Visiting Researcher at the School of Public Health, and at Makerere University in Uganda as a Senior Research Fellow and one-time Acting Executive Director at the Institute of Social Research. He was formerly Professor Extraordinarius at the Archie Mafeje Research Institute at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Environment and Development, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester (UK). He has published on politics and the politics of development in book chapters and leading scientific journals. He is a columnist for the regional newspaper, The East African, and writes articles and features for other local, regional and international current affairs publications.
Dr. Ibrahim Farah, a policy-oriented Somali academic and a former lecturer from the University of Nairobi, is the founder of the Mogadishu-based Justice & Peace Network (aka Maandeeq—JPN), a global Somali political movement, and he heads its research arm: the Somali Academy. A senior researcher in the field of foreign and security policy analysis and conflict studies in Africa, Dr. Farah has over 28 years work experience in academic teaching and research, humanitarian aid and development cooperation, socio-political and security analysis, security and defense sector reform as well as post-conflict, strategic peace-building and state-building advisory services.
Prof. Samson Samuel Wassara
Samson Samuel Wassara is Professor of Politics of the University of Juba. He holds B.Sc. (Hon.) from the University of Khartoum in 1980; PGD from the Institut International d’Adminitration Publique-Paris in 1989; MA (1989) and PhD from the University of Paris-Sud (Faculté de Droit, Jean Monnet-Sceaux) in 1994. Professor Wassara is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bahr el Ghazal, and was earlier on appointed in 2010 as Vice Chancellor of Western Equatoria University. Professor Wassara is also Chairman of the Specialised Scientific Committee for Economic and Social Studies, National Council of Higher Education, Science and Technology in South Sudan. He held various positions in the University of Juba: Head of Department of Political Science; founding Director of the Centre for Peace and Development Studies; and twice Dean College of Social and Economic Studies. Professor Wassara started his career as Assistant Inspector of Planning in the Regional Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in 1980 before joining the University of Juba in 1985. He also worked for UNICEF Sudan Country Office as National Officer for Peace Building for six years (2000-2006). Professor Wassara teaches political science subjects, international relations and peace studies. His research interests include post-conflict politics, security sector, state building, and hydro-politics. He has experience in dealing with community conflicts and was the chief facilitator of the Torit Acholi-Maadi conflict in 2012 and the Acholi Community Dialogue (Juba) in June 2017. He is author of many publications that include journal articles, books and chapters and conference proceedings. Some of Professor Wassara’s publications are “Conflict and State Security in the Horn of Africa: Militarization of Civilian Groups, in African Journal of Political Science (AJPS) Vol. 7, No. 2, December 2002; “Rebels, Militias and Governance in Sudan,” in Wafula Okumu and Augustine Ikelegbe (eds.) 2010. Militias, Rebels and Islamist Militants: Human Insecurity and State Crises in Africa. Pretoria: ISS; “South Sudan in Volatilities of Sharing the Nile Basin Resources,” in Elke Grawert, (editor) 2013. Forging Two Nations: Insights on Sudan and South Sudan, Addis Ababa: OSSREA; with Zain El Abdin (eds.) 2014. Post- Referendum Sudan: National and Regional Questions. Dakar: CODESRIA; “South Sudan: state sovereignty challenged at infancy,” in Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2015; and with Eisei Kurimoto, “Negotiating Statehood: Handling Crisis of South Sudan,” in Yntiso Gebre, Itaru Ohta, Motoji Masuda (eds.) 2017. African Virtues in the Pursuit of Conviviality: Exploring Local Solutions in Light of Global Prescriptions. Bamenda: Langaa and CAAS.
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