CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESENTS

DEMOCRACY, GOVERNANCE AND CURBING
CORRUPTION IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY

THE MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM

In collaboration with

THE AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL (ACBC)

 


 

DATE:

August 8-10, 2012.

VENUE:

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

RATIONALE

While other regions of the world are making strides in improving the living standards of their citizens, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is still trapped in poverty with more than 40% of its 600 million people living below the internationally recognised absolute poverty level of US$ 1 per day. Several reports highlight corruption as one of the institutional and systemic problems responsible for keeping million of Africans under absolute poverty. In fact, the 2008 Transparency International report demonstrates a direct link between corruption and failure of societal institutions to effectively achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in SSA. It is a serious concern that the goals of halving poverty in SSA by the year 2015 from the level of 1990 will not be met.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Practitioners from various fields including but not limited to:

  • Public and Private Sector Administrators
  • Business Professionals and Economists
  • Sociologists
  • Political Scientists
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Anthropologists
  • Journalists
  • Educators

GOALS

  • Problems of democracy and governance in SSA and their potential solutions
  • The role of civil society organizations in democracy and governance in SSA
  • Problems of transparency and accountability in the local and national governments in SSA and in international relations
  • Ethics and decision making in SSA
  • Origins and definitions of corruption in the historical and cultural context of SSA, for example in pre-colonial, colonial, and, post-independence periods
  • Corruption in public bureaucracies
  • Corruption in business practices of international corporations operating in SSA and local business and the intersections of these with corruption in governance
  • Evaluation of anti-corruption strategies recommended and implemented by the governments in SSA and bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies
  • The roles of international NGOs and local development organizations in fighting corruption
  • The roles of information and communication technologies to track the implementation of anti-corruption strategies
  • Challenges in coordinating anti-corruption strategies
  • The role of educational institutions in advancing democratic governance and fighting corruption.

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