IFG 2 Public Lecture Series: “We disagree on politics, but we eat together” – The parliament as a social space in Ghana, Togo, and Sierra Leone; Speaker: Dr. Anja Osei (University of Konstanz)
From 15 to 17 September 2019, fourteen scholars from eleven countries convened on the Campus of Ghana University, Legon in Accra, in order to discuss the governance of energy systems from a Global Southern perspective. The presentations covered a broad range of regional contexts with case studies mostly from West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire) but also from East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya) and South Africa. The scholars also drew on a wealth of different theoretical perspectives.
From 18 to 20 March 2018, the workshop ‘Parliaments and Democracy’ took place in Dakar. It brought together three types of scholars: members of the “Do legislatures enhance democracy in Africa?” Project Group, future fellows of the second MIASA Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on ‘Parliaments and Democracy’, and other scholars working on legislatures, political parties, and democratization. Participants came from all over the world, about half of them were African scholars.
How do political events and factors influence the composition of senior government elites? This presentation uses a newly created African Cabinet Political Elite Dataset (ACPED) to demonstrate how political factors such as regime strength or economic growth, along with key events such as elections or mass protest, exert influence on how leaders or regimes compose the highest echelons of their government.
Speaker's Short Bio:
Thoughts Towards a Conceptual Understanding of African Migration
Dr. Faisal Garba, University of Cape Town