Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


2020/2021 VIRTUAL DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE

Theme: Governing African Civil Society in a context of Shrinking Civic Spaces.
Date for the Institute: 9th – 26th August 2021.

Number of visits: 935

The CODESRIA 2020/2021 Session of the DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE on ’’Governing African Civil Society in a context of Shrinking Civic Spaces’’ will be conducted virtually, on zoom, from the 9th – 26th August 2021.
Registration Link to the Institute is below.
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qqjbw1hjTIqd75U7n7tDtA

PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Director:

  • Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo
    • Wits Business School and Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment

Resource Persons:

  • Dr. Eric Ndeh Ngang
    • University of Birmingham/Action Group on Governance and Environmental Management
  • Prof. Mohsine El Ahmadi
    • Cadi Ayyad University
  • Shereen Essof
    • Cadi Ayyad University
  • Prof. Awino Okech
    • Reader in Gender Studies SOAS, University of London
  • Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi
    • Wits School of Governance

FIRST WEEK: 09-13 AUGUST

Day 1: 9 August 2021


Session 1

Chair: Godwin Murunga, Executive Secretary, CODESRIA
Rapporteur: Cecy Edijala Balogun

9:00 –10:45 Opening Session

  • Opening Remarks
  • Welcome remarks, Executive Secretary, CODESRIA
    • Overview of CODESRIA, its mandate and mission
    • CODESRIA Intellectual Agenda and the place of its Governance Institute
      Introduction of the 2020/2021 Governance Institute Resource Persons and
      Laureates
    • Introduction of the Institute Director and the Resource-Persons
    • Introduction of laureates and their motivations: name, institution, motivations and expectations
    • Organizational aspects of the Institute by the Head of CODESRIA’s Training Grants and Fellowships Programme and the ITC Officer.

10:45 – 11:00 Break

Session 2

Chair: Eric Ndeh Ngang
Rapporteur Célestin Tshimande Tukala

11:00 – 12:00 Contextualizing the Shrinking/Shifting Civic Space in Africa- Bhekinkosi Moyo

12:00 – 13: 00 Discussions

13:00 – 14:00 Break

Session 3

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteur: Olusegun O Oladeinde

14:00 – 15:00 Framing Governance in Africa: The role of Civil Society- Adebayo Olukoshi

15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 2: 10 August 2021


Session 4

Chair: Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi
Rapporteur: Hugues Heumen Tchana
9:00 – 10:00 Framing the Civic Space- Awino Okech
10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 5

Chair: Mohsine El Ahmadi
Rapporteur: Deogratius Massagwe
11:30 – 12:00 Governing Civil Society in Africa- Adebayo Olukoshi
12:00 – 13:00 Discussions
13:00 – 14:00 Break

Session 6

Chair: Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi
Rapporteur: Michel Bakay Asuma
14:00 – 15:00 Defining the Civic Space- Bhekinkosi Moyo
15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 3: 11 August 2021


Session 7

Chair: Khady Diop
Rapporteur: Mohamed Lamine Diakite
9:00 – 10:00 Thematic Focus: State-Civil Society Relations- Mohsine El Ahmadi
10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 8

Chair: Bekhinkosi Moyo
Rapporteur: Antoinette Danebaï Lama
11:30 – 12:00 State-Civil Society Relations- Mohsine El Ahmadi
12:00 – 13:00 Discussions
13: 00 – 14:00 Break

Session 9

Chair: Eric Ndeh Ngang
Rapporteur: Etanislas Ngodi
14:00 – 15:00 State-Civil Society Relations- Mohsine El Ahmadi
15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 4: 12 August 2021


Session 10

Chair: Mohsine El Ahmadi
Rapporteur: Albert Chukwuma Okoli
9:00 – 10:00 Civil society and gender- Bhekinkosi Moyo and Magdalene Madibela
10 :00 – 11 :00 Discussions
11 :00 – 11 :30 Break

Session 11: Syndicate/ Group Work

Chair : Leonide Azah Awah
Rapporteur : Justin Beya Mulumba
11:30 – 13:00: Syndicate/Group Work

  • Group 1: Gender and Politics (Discuss in your group the relation between gender and politics, paying particular attention to how women and girls are treated, regulated and conceptualized. What are the various frames used to determine participation of women and girls in politics? What recommendations would you give to your incoming government? Use examples from your countries.).
  • Group 2: Gender and Digital Spaces (What are the opportunities and limitations brought about by new technologies including the cyber space and different digital tools and platforms for women and girls? What are the policies and laws in your countries that govern the cyberspace and how do these laws, policies and practices affect women and girls? Using case studies, demonstrate both opportunities and obstacles for women and girls. What would you advise the women’s movement and the broader civil society to do in this current context?).
  • Group 3: Gender and Development (What are the different spaces for women in development, to develop and be empowered? What are the limiting factors and the obstacles both systemic and structural? What role should the academy play in further theorizing gender and development?).
  • Group 4: Gender and Good Governance (The history of governance and good governance in the continent is contested as we heard in one of the lectures by Prof Olukoshi. What has been the role of women in governance? Discuss examples or cases from your countries and demonstrate whether the space for women in governance has been shrinking, changing or shifting. What are the main recommendations you can give to international actors such as donors that work in most of our countries on governance).

13:00 – 14:00 Break

Session 12: Plenary Discussions

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteur: Abosede Omowumi Babatunde
14:00 – 16:00 Presentations and Discussions


Day 5: 13 August 2021


Session 13

Chair : Coumba Ndoffene Diouf
Rapporteur : Pierre Bupia Kapanga
09:00 – 10:00 Thematic Area-Civil Society and Digital Space- Eric Ndeh Ngang
10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 14

Chair: Khady Diop
Rapporteur: Moise Achille Honoré Noah Ekene
11:30 – 12:00 Civil Society and Digital Space- Eric Ndeh Ngang
12:00 – 13:00 Discussions
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

Session 15: Group Sessions

Chair: Mohsine El Ahmadi
Rapporteur: Nhlanhla Landa
14:30 – 15:30 : Group work

  • Group 1: Is the growth of and use of digital spaces a unique kind of historical phenomenon and how has it shaped or is shaping the democratic governance process across the continent? Are digital spaces replacing public spaces? What are the implications of this for the democratic governance practice?
  • Group 2: What are the Implications of the historical shifts innovations of the 4th industrial revolution and the digital spaces it creates to the traditional ways In which the civil society is governed?
  • Group 3: What are the justifications given for shutdowns of digital spaces in the countries represented by the laureates? What are the impacts on civic spaces and how have or can civil society organization across the continent respond when states take such harmful actions?
  • Group 4: What are the shortcomings and strengths of civil society studies such as the one Cameroon to estimate impacts of shutdowns? Beyond direct or physical and economic harm resulting from cutting off people’s access to digital spaces, what other forms of harm including indirect harms and emotional harms, as well as ‘cultural safety’ (think about harms to autonomy, intellectual growth, (lack of) access to cultural, intellectual and generational resources)?

15:30 – 16:30 Presentations and Discussions


SECOND WEEK: 16-20 AUGUST 2021

Day 6: 17 August 2021


Session 16

Chair : Leonide Azah Awah
Rapporteur : Gabriel Bantamba Bonyenga
09:00 – 10:00 Thematic Area: Civil Society and Organisation Development (A focus on Resource Mobilisation for Civil Society in Africa)- Bhekinkosi Moyo
10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 17

Chair: Coumba Ndoffene Diouf
Rapporteur: Stanislas Bigirimana
11:30 – 12:00 Civil Society and Organisational Development (A focus on Capacity Development)- Bhekinkosi Moyo
12:00 – 13:00 Discussions
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

Session 18

Chair: Coumba Ndoffene Diouf
Rapporteur: Sunday Adekunle Alaye
14:00 – 15:00 Civil Society and Organisational Development (A focus on Covid 19 and its impact on Civil Society)- Bhekinkosi Moyo
15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 7: 18 August 2021


Session 19

Chair : Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteur : Mohamed Lamine Diakite
09:00 – 10:00 Thematic Area-Civil Society and Socio-Economic Development- Mohsine El Ahmadi
10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 20

Chair: Khady Diop
Rapporteur: Dominic Degraft Arthur
11:30 – 12:00 Civil Society and Socio-Economic Development- Mohsine El Ahmadi
12:00 – 13:00 Discussions
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

Session 21

Chair: Leonide Azah Awah
Rapporteur: Martin Milolo Nsenda
14:00 – 15:00 Civil Society and Socio-Economic Development- Mohsine El Ahmadi
15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 8: 20 August 2021


Session 22

Chair : Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteur : Olawale Olufemi Akinrinde
09:00 – 10:00 Thematic Area-Civil Society and Electoral Processes- Eric Ndeh Ngang
10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 23

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteur: Eric Sourna Loumtouang
11:30 – 12:00 Civil Society and Electoral Processes- Eric Ndeh Ngang
12:00 – 13:00 Discussions
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break

Session 24

Chair: Mohsine El Ahmadi
Rapporteur: Eric Abanati Gbadi
14:30 – 15:30 Civil Society and Electoral Processes- Eric Ndeh Ngang
15:30 – 16:00 Discussions


Third Week: 23-27 August 2021

Day 9: 23 August 2021


Session 25 & 26

Chair: Mohsine El Ahmadi
Rapporteur: Robin Beya Keshi
12:00 – 13:00 Research Methodology- Bhekinkosi Moyo
13:00– 13:40 Discussions
13:40 – 14:00 Break

Session 27

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Odair Bartelomeu Barros Lopes Varela

14:00 – 15:00 Laureates Presentation (20 minutes each)

  1. Lilian Anyango Olick- The Political Economy of Civil Engagements: ‘The Digital Era’Background Information and Problem Statement
  2. Cecy Edijala Balogun-Gender-Based Civil Society Organizations and Civic Space in Nigeria
  3. Olawale Olufemi Akinrinde - Traditional Institutions and Socio-economic Development in Nigeria: A Critical Analysis

15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 10: 24 August 2021


Session 28

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Harrison Adewale Idowu

09:00 – 10:00 Laureates Presentation (20 minutes each)

  1. Eric Abanati Gbadi-"Voting Machines” and Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Analysis and Evaluation of Actors’ Strategies in Kisangani
  2. Martin Milolo Nsenda- The Lockdown of the Citizen Movement in the DRC: A Puzzle for the DR Congo Government
  3. Arthur Dominic Degraft- Towards the Understanding of Civil Society Organisations Shrinking Civic Spaces and their Future in Ghana

10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 29

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Robin Beya Keshi

11:30 – 12:30 Laureates Presentation (20 minutes each)

  1. Erick Sourna Loumtouang- “He Who Sells Eggs Does Not Seek Fighting1”: State and Civil Society Organizations during the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon (2016-2020)
  2. Mohamed Lamine Diakite- The Interaction between Civil Society and Politics in West Africa. The Cases of Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso
  3. Célestin Tshimande Tukala- Civil society associations in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Contestation and Negotiation

12:30 – 13:15 Discussions
13:15 – 14:00 Break

Session 30

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Sindiso Zhou & Mohamed Lamine Diakhite

14:00 – 15:00 Laureates Presentation

  1. Michel Bakay Asuma- Pre-electoral Civic Spaces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Case of the La lutte pour le Changement Citizen Movement
  2. Sindiso Zhou- Civic Engagement and Online Discourse: Expanding Civic Spaces through Migration to New Digital Spaces in South Africa

15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 11: 25 August 2021


Session 31

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Cecy Edijala Balogun

09:00 – 10:00 Laureates Presentation (20 minutes each)

  1. Harrison Adewale Idowu- Re-examining State-Civil Society Relations amidstCovid-19 Pandemic in Nigeria
  2. Landa Nhlanhla- Civic Activism in Expanding Socio-technical Spaces and the Down of Cyber Laws in Zimbabwe
  3. Justin Beya Mulumba- Gender and Congolese Civil Society Governance in a Context of Civic Space Reduction. Integrated Approach to Equality and Women and Girls’ Empowerment

10:00 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

Session 32

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Célestin Tshimande Tukala

11:30 – 12:30 Laureates Presentation (20 minutes each)

  1. Chukwuma Albert Okoli- Political Parties and Challenges of Women’s Political Representation in Nigeria
  2. Abosede Omowumi Babatunde- Gender Sensitivity in Local NGOs Peace-Building Initiatives in Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region

12:30 – 13:15 Discussions
13:15 – 14:00 Break

Session 33

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Olusegun O Oladeinde

14:00 – 15:00 Laureates Presentation (20 minutes each)

  1. Etanislas Ngodi- Shrinking Civic Space and Democratic Regression in the Republic of Congo: From the Constitutional Referendum in 2015 to the Covid-19 Health Crisis
  2. Antoinette Danebai Lamana- Violence Against Girls and Women in Civic Spaces in Africa
  3. Stanislas Bigirimana- Civil Society in Burundi: Innovation or A Mirror of The Wider Society?

15:00 – 16:00 Discussions


Day 12: 26 August 2021


Session 34

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Michel Bakay Asuma & Albert Chukwuma Okoli

09:00 – 10:15 Laureates Presentation

  1. Odair Bartolomeu Barros-Varela- Rabidantes Women and the Informal Economy in Cape Verde. Academic Activism for an Inclusive Economic Governance in Cape Verde
  2. Moïse Achile Honoré Noah Ekene- Police Governance and Security in Cameroon; Issues and interactions between Police Civil Society and Public Authorities
  3. Robin Beya Keshi- Presidential Mandate and Citizen Movements in Francophone Africa: Attempt to Look for Foreign Involvement in Recent Struggles for Good Governance
  4. Hugues Heumen Tchana- Business Management, Cultural Organizations through the Prism of Social Engagement and Sloppy Funding Management

10:15 – 11:15 Discussions
11:15 – 11:30 Break

Session 35

Chair: Bhekinkosi Moyo
Rapporteurs: Abosede Omowumi Babatunde

11:30-13:00

  • Closing Remarks by CODESRIA Executive Secretary
  • Logistical Announcements and next steps by CODESRIA Secretariat
  • Evaluation of the Institute

END OF PROGRAMME




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