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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Governance and the Democratic Process in West Africa
December 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ESTFree
Join the Africa Study Group of the CIC National Capital Branch at its next event:
The panel will be Chaired by Dr. Cheickh Bangoura, ASG Vice-Chair, and will include Dr. Doudou Dia, Executive Director of the Gorée Institute, Dakar, Senegal, presenting an overview of the theme, with recent developments, and Ms Lise Filiatrault, recently Canada’s Ambassador to Senegal, and prior to that Assistant Deputy Minister for Sub-Saharan Africa at Global Affairs Canada. She will present on Canada’s experience in promoting good governance in West Africa. The presentations will be in French and English and questions will be welcome in both languages.
Before the beginning of the question period, Ms Julie Shouldice, Vice-President for Strategy, Regions and Policy at the International Development Research Centre and previously Canadian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, will give a brief summary of the work that IDRC has been doing on governance in the region.
The Gorée Institute was founded in 1992 from an initiative of the former Senegalese president, Mr. Abdou Diouf. Its headquarters are in Dakar, Senegal. It is a Panafrican civil society organization. Its mandate is to help create and preserve peaceful, just and self-sufficient societies in Africa and to reinforce political dialogue for the peaceful resolution of disputes, consolidating democratic processes and institutions, and encouraging artistic, social and economic creativity. Dr Doudou Dia has been Executive Director of the Gorée Institute since .
Lise Filiatrault was Canadian Ambassador to Senegal from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that posting she was the Assistant Deputy Minister for Sub-saharan Africa at Global Affairs Canada.
Julie Shouldice has been Vice-President for Strategy, Regions and Policy at the International Development Research Centre since last summer. Before that she was Canadian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire and to Liberia from 2017 to 2020.
Date and time: Saturday December 5, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Ottawa Time) or 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM GMT (Dakar Time).
(Note: the date and time are intended to allow West African participation on the panel, while avoiding a time that falls in the middle of the working day in North America.)