May 29, 2017
The Varieties of Democracy in partnership with the Centre for Research on Governance and Development (CPGD, www.cpgd.org.mz) and the Maputo Office of FES (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, www.fes-mozambique.org), conducted a one-day conference for scholars on the theme of democracy on 24 May 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique.
The aim of the conference was to present and discuss the V-Dem data with local scholars from Lusophone Africa and/or Southern Africa. It also aimed to engage local scholars to present analyses on themes related to democracy, elections, human rights, and the role of legislatures in strengthening democracy in the region. Participants discussed V-Dem data for research, cross-national datasets and the usage of statistical methods, current challenges to democracy in Southern Africa, causes of societal conflicts and reflections on possible entry points for democratic change in Mozambique and Southern Africa.
08.30-09.00 WELCOME ADDRESS
Carlos Shenga, V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Regional Manager for Lusophone Africa, and Director, Centre for Research on Governance and Development;
Carl Henrik Knutsen, Professor, University of Oslo, V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute Representative and Project Manager
Tina Hennecken Andrade, Resident Representative, Freidrich Ebert Foundation, Mozambique
09.00-10.30 INTRODUCTION TO THE VARIETIES OF DEMOCRACY (V-DEM) PROJECT
Carl Henrik Knutsen, Professor, University of Oslo and V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute Representative and Project Manager
10.45-12.30 USING V-DEM DATA FOR RESEARCH
Natália Stepanova, Operations and Outreach Manager, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg
13.30-15.00 PANEL 1: DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATONS
15.15-17.00 PANEL 2: TRANSFORMATION AND PROTESTS: CURRENT CHALLENGES TO DEMOCRACY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
17.00-17.20 CLOSING REMARKS