Just 11% of countries in Africa are politically ‘free’, and the average level of democracy, understood as the respect for political rights and civil liberties, fell in each of the last 14 years. In the SADC region, five countries have lost ground since 2006.
The conference, titled “Democracy in Central and Southern Africa: The Road Ahead” will take place in Cape Town from 4 to 5 September 2019. The conference is an initiative by the Kofi Annan Foundation and is being organised in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance with support from the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).
The month of July, marked a year since the School took on the Mandela name and it has been a journey, full of inspiring stories; such as hosting the Africa month public symposium which was done in partnership with the African Peer Review Mechanism, announcing a new director, Professor Faizel Ismail and hosting a successful #MandelaDay Breakfast and Discussion, to name a few.
The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance recently held a Master’s Gala Dinner; which saw the class of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the same vicinity, sharing and imparting knowledge. The guests and the students had an opportunity to celebrate and honour Academic Director, Professor Brian Levy, who having reached the age of 65, will be stepping down from his position this year.