Military takeovers following popular protests, and constitutional amendments to extend presidential terms, are familiar in Africa. After decades of work to build democracy, this worrying trend threatens peace and stability.
Governance deficits are a leading part of the problem. They erode state legitimacy and make post-conflict transitions to democracy difficult. Considering recent events in Sudan, Ghana, Mali and Senegal, this seminar will discuss declining state legitimacy in Africa, the interplay between governance deficits and stability, and how regional and continental actors have handled these challenges.
This event will have simultaneous English–French interpretation.
Chair: Dr Mohamed Diatta, Researcher, ISS
Dr Khabele Matlosa, Independent Consultant and former Director, Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa
Dr Roselyn Akombe, Governance and Peacebuilding Regional Coordinator, UNDP, Addis Ababa
Dr Andrews Atta-Asamoah, Head, African Peace and Security Governance Programme, ISS, Addis Ababa
This seminar is funded by the government of the Netherlands. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the USA.