Conference on Democracy, Maputo, MZ

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.

PROGRAMME

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

  • New approach to data collection and methodology
  • Why use statistical methods and cross-national data sets?

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

  • How to use V-Dem Data for your own research
  • Introduction to the V-Dem Online Analysis Tool
  • How V-Dem data can be used to track and monitor progress of SDG16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions)

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

 

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