SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

GDAI Residential School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26-30 March 2012

This year residential school, part of SOAS and MIF initiative on Governance for Development in Africa, was held in Addis Ababa, with the support of the Institute of African Economic Studies (IAES, Addis Ababa).

Thirty participants from different African countries were selected from universities, the not-for-profit-sector, government, trade unions and businesses. They met for a week to discuss issues of governance with various speakers coming from Africa and Europe.

Addis Ababa 2012
Addis Ababa 2012

Among the speakers – representative of different sectors - were Jok Madut Jok (Ministry of Culture and Heritage, South Sudan); Professor Christopher Cramer (SOAS, University of London); Dessalegn Rahmato (Forum for Social Studies, Addis Ababa) and Yao Graham (Third World Network - Africa).

They discussed governance from different perspectives and in relation to different issues, offering both theoretical insights and practical case studies. Themes included state-building, regional integration, natural resources and land tenure, taxation. Both the speakers and the participants challenged common understanding of “good governance”, as an idea and a practice, drawing from their own experiences as governance practitioners and experts.

The speakers’ PowerPoint presentations can be accessed on the Governance in Africa website