NKAFU DEBATE | Be it resolved : Good governance is an imperative for economic development in Central Africa”

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NKAFU DEBATE | Be it resolved : Good governance is an imperative for economic development in Central Africa”

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Venue:  Muna Foundation (Onsite Registration)
Zoom Platform (Online Registration)
Date : November 24th , 2023
Time: 02:00 pm-04:00 pm

Background

As a description of desirable political behavior, good governance conveys values such as; accountability, responsible leadership, respect for human rights, and the judicious use of public resources. Talking about good governance in Africa implies that, countries have not yet achieved a satisfactory level of governance. This is the case with Central Africa, which still faces many challenges in terms of political stability, economic growth and social development. Many countries share common governance problems, including; corruption, weak institutions, lack of transparency and limited citizen participation in the democratic process. Good governance is a matter of political will. It is the ability to influence outcomes, allocate resources, and foster a climate of citizen engagement and participation in the decisions that affect their lives. It is so important that international organizations have developed indices to measure it. For example, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Ibrahim Index of African Governance tracks governance performance in African countries by examining citizens’ socio-economic, political and environmental expectations. It is therefore the responsibility of every state to adhere to the principles of good governance. With this in mind, the Nkafu Policy Institute is organizing a public debate on the theme: “Be it resolved: Good governance is an imperative for economic development in Central Africa”. The debate aims to explore these issues in greater depth and to highlight the importance of good governance as a fundamental condition for progress in Central Africa. 

Format of the debate

The structure of the 90-minute debate is as follows:

  • The debate panel will consist of TWO (2) experts. One will argue FOR the proposal and the other AGAINST the proposal. The moderator will give opening remarks and inform the audience about the matter on ground. This will take 5 minutes. He/she will proceed by inviting the debaters to the stage. Debaters will have 10 minutes for their opening remarks. The next 40 minutes will be devoted to moderated discussions, with each team having 3 minutes to respond. Twenty (20) minutes will be devoted to questions from the audience and each debater will have 2 minutes for the closing speech.
  • The entire debate will be video recorded and broadcasted live on the social media platforms of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. During the debate, the panelists will have to defend their point of view with facts, statistics and experience. No presentations (e.g. PowerPoint) will be allowed. Panelists are also expected to give interviews to the media after the debate and to share a meal with the team.

Expected results

At the end of this debate, participants will have a deeper understanding of the concept of good governance, the challenges and opportunities for improving governance systems as well as encouraging dialogue and exchange of ideas among participants to formulate suggestions and recommendations in order to enhance good governance in Central Africa.

Target audience

The debate targets more than 50 participants from various fields of expertise and will enable them to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones. Participants include Politicians, decision makers, think tank leaders, humanitarian organizations, non-governmental organizations, academics and researchers, students, and civil society actors. Participation is free of charge. Thanks to financial support from its partner, the Open Society Foundation (OSF-Africa).

 About Open Society Foundation-Africa

OSF-Africa’s vision is to build a globally respected, dynamic and integrated Africa characterized by democratic governance, sustainable development and economic systems that produce more just, inclusive and accountable outcomes with and for Africa’s people and environment. In pursuit of this vision, OSF-Africa’s mission is to advance gender justice and women’s rights, deepen democracy, accountable governance and inclusive development in Africa through participatory and strategic grant making and advocacy. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/

Contact

Tel: +237 654 86 72 54
Email: [email protected]

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Date

Nov 24 2023
Expired!

Time

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location

Muna Foundation
724-742 Rue De Narvik, Yaounde

Location 2

Zoom Online
Nkafu Policy Institute

Organizer

Nkafu Policy Institute
Phone
+237 654 86 72 54
Email
[email protected]
Website
https://nkafu.org/

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