Kick-off of the V-Dem Regional Center for Southern Africa

June 28, 2018 news

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V-Dem Institute in collaboration with the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zambia organized a V-Dem Regional Conference 2018 on Southern Africa, June 11-12, 2018.

In the beginning of January 2018, the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, at the University of Zambia and the V-Dem Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding creating a V-Dem regional hub: “the V-Dem Regional Centre for Southern Africa”. The main objective was to create a regional partner for the V-Dem Institute which can expand V-Dem activities and research regionally. This partnership is vital in order to facilitate regional research, as well as expend knowledge and dissemination of the V-Dem data, activities and methodology. It strongly builds on the aim to bring V-Dem to regional settings around the world. 

On June 11-12, the V-Dem Regional Center for Southern Africa was officially kicked-off with a series of events including the V-Dem Regional Conference 2018.

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V-Dem team members Josefine Pernes and Natalia Stepanova: 

a) provided faculty members and students at the University of Zambia with capacity building trainings on how to make use of the V-Dem data in the daily work;

b) conducted trainings on how to use V-Dem online graphing tools;

c) created a dialog with local scholars on the latest findings in the areas of democracy and the SGD goals, with a particular focus on Zambia and Southern Africa;

d) planned joint activities as well as established the role of the V-Dem Regional Center. 

27 local scholars and a number of students participated in the event, among them Dr. Bwalya (Head of Department/Senior Lecturer, University of Zambia), Mr. Mate Njekwa (Lecturer, Head of the V-Dem Regional Center, University of Zambia), 19 Lecturers, and 5 tutors from the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Zambia. Finally, the event was also participated by Dr. Cindy L. Steenekamp, researcher at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

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