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CU Instrumental in Planning The First International Conference on Democratic Governance On August 8-9

June 25, 2012

The conference will feature a keynote speech by Her Excellency Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the United States. Botswana is known as one of the least corrupt countries in Africa.

The conference will feature a keynote speech by Her Excellency Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the United States. Botswana is known as one of the least corrupt countries in Africa.

The First International Conference on Democratic Governance will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall, on August 8-9, 2012. The conference will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines to explore multiple facets of the problems of democratic governance, particularly as they relate to corruption.

The conference will feature a keynote speech by Her Excellency Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the United States. It is noted that Botswana is known as one of the least corrupt countries in Africa. Following her speech, the ambassadors of Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nigeria will join Ambassador Seretse in a moderated roundtable discussion to underscore the pressing democratic governance issues and current anti-corruption policies under implementation in their respective nations.

The event is organized by the Cheyney University Master of Public Administration Program in collaboration with the African & Caribbean Business Council (ACBC).
 

According to conference organizer, Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura, Associate professor at Cheyney University,  "Given the challenges the democratization processes and anti-corruption policies, particularly African and Asian countries, face, this conference will focus on the challenges in these two continents. It will provide a platform to discuss the multiple dimensions of these processes and policies and help devise strategies to improve governance practices and anti-corruption strategies.

"Over 60 scholars and practitioners from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States will make presentations and share their theoretical and practical insights on the challenges for democratic governance. One of the highlights of this conference will be the moderated brainstorming session at the end of the conference. In this session, panel chairs will present the main ideas that emerged in their panels to the conference participants and the best ideas will be released in publications and other means of communication. The outcomes of this brainstorming panel will also provide a framework for planning the next conference scheduled for 2014 in Rwanda."
 
The mission of AMEPPA is to promote peace and prosperity in the Middle East through sound governance. It functions as a professional organization of both academics and practitioners of public policy and public administration and provides a medium for public policy experts and public administrators to share their expertise and experiences with each other.
 
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the nation's oldest African-American higher education institution, offers a 36 credit-hour Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program with two degree tracks: a pre-professional Master of Public Administration, and an Executive Master of Public Administration. This places Cheyney in a unique position to address the need to increase the number of senior-level employees in public administration. Courses emphasize methods that public administrators should use to address the needs of the nation’s changing population.
  
Inquiries regarding the conference should be sent to Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura at gmudacumura@cheyney.edu, or Cindy Devore, 215-560-3891. Further information is listed on the conference website: http://www.ameppa.org/ICDG.html.
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