WEBINAR: Africa’s New Leaders – Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe – 13 August!

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Malawi – Nigeria – Zimbabwe
August 13

10AM Washington, 3 PM Abuja/London and 4 PM Berlin/Harare/Lilongwe.

Africa’s “old men” are slowly, but surely, being replaced. For the last few years, the political landscape has been dominated by significant political transitions such as in Ethiopia (2018), South Africa (2018), Sudan (2019) and Zimbabwe (2018), where change promised to bring about not only a new leader at the top, but also a new political and economic direction. Along with peaceful transfers in several other countries, including the most recent case of Malawi, the arrival of leaders who pledged widespread reform also gave a much-needed boost to pro-democracy activists across the continent. But does this new wave really bring meaningful change or is it just “old wine in new wineskins”? This session will discuss what effect the rejuvenation of leadership has had on democratic governance across the African continent and what it takes to bring about real political change.

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Nic Cheeseman
Professor of Democracy and International Development 
University of Birmingham

Chipo Dendere
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies 
Wellesley College

Boniface Dulani
Senior Lecturer 
University of Malawi, Zomba

Idayat Hassan
Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja

With an introduction by
Robert Schwarz
Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Transformation Index
Bertelsmann Stiftung


Anthony Silberfeld
Director, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation

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