Malawi – Nigeria – Zimbabwe
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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Professor of Democracy and International Development
University of Birmingham
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
University of Malawi, Zomba
Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja
With an introduction by
Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Transformation Index
Director, Transatlantic Relations