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.
Apply for the Ethical Leadership and Public Accountability short course with the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. The course is taught by leading specialists in ethical leadership - Dr Marianne Camerer, Advocate Vusi Pikoli and David Schmidt. Applications close on 30 September 2019.
The Leading in Public Life: Women, Influence, Power Programme hosted by the Mandela School’s Building Bridges Programme has concluded after three successful days. The leadership fellowship for mid-career African women working in the rule of law sector aims to promote solidarity, ambition and ultimately enhance democracies with more women with legal training in public leadership positions.
The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance’s first fulltime masters semester course, the Practice of Policy Making and Implementation, has successfully concluded. The course brought together students from politics, economics, environmental humanities, philosophy, and sociology.
Mandela School's Director, Professor Alan Hirsch, had a conversation with Pippa Hudson on Cape Talk. He spoke about the possible impact of the new Presidential policy unit on the effectiveness of the new government.
Director Designate from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, Professor Faizel Ismail, recently delivered a lecture at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS): Founders’ Day Lecture Series; the event was held on 26 March 2019.
The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance is pleased to announce the appointment of Advocate Vusi Pikoli and Dr Ian Goldman as new Adjunct Professors; they are joined by Dr Maria Phalime, Dr Shanil Haricharan and David Schmidt in their appointments as adjunct senior lecturers.