April 28, 2009 — Wars. Famine. AIDS. Lawlessness.
Can democracy stabilize Africa?
The University of Virginia's Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and U.Va.'s Miller Center of Public Affairs will host a conference, "Good Governance in Africa: Critical Factors affecting Successful Democratization," on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Alumni Hall.
Jendayi Frazer, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and former U.S. ambassador to South Africa, will give the keynote address at 9:30 a.m.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Miller Center, the Office for Diversity and Equity, the Ron Brown Scholar Program, Constituency for Africa, Leadership Africa USA and the Ralph Bunche Society.
The conference schedule:
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Opening session
• Welcome: David Breneman, director, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
• Keynote address: Jendayi Frazer, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and former U.S. ambassador to South Africa
10:40-11:40 a.m.: The State of Democracy in Africa
• Discussion led by Jendayi Frazer
11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Video: "Migration of Beauty"
• Clip presented by documentary filmmaker Chris Flaherty
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:40-2:55 Panel discussion: Challenges to Democratic Stability — Health and Economic Security
• Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, U.Va. Center for Global Health
• Dr. Chinua Akukwe, professor of global health, George Washington University
• Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, World Bank; former member; South Africa Human Rights Commission
• Gail Spence, senior alliance advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Global Development
• Respondent: Gregory Simpkins, vice president for policy and program development, Leon H. Sullivan Foundation
3:10-4:25 p.m. Panel discussion: Good Governance in Africa — NGOs and Future Leaders
• Chair: Robert Fatton, politics professor, U.Va.
• Christopher Fomunyoh, senior associate and regional director, Central and West Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute
• Dave Peterson, senior director, Africa Program, National Endowment for Democracy
• Amanda Alexander, doctoral student in international and global history and African history, Columbia University
4:25-4:45 p.m. Lessons Learned
• Melvin Foote, Constituency for Africa
• Student representatives
4:45-5p.m. Concluding Remarks