Thursday October 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. / Le jeudi 16 octobre de 17h00 à 19h00

The Africa Study Group in collaboration with the Africa – Canada Forum/ Le Groupe de réflexion sur l’Afrique en concours avec le Forum Afrique – Canada

Thursday October 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. / Le jeudi 16 octobre de 17h00 à 19h00

Saint Paul University / Université Saint-Paul
Guigues Hall / Pavillon Guigues
223 rue Main Street, Ottawa
Alumni Amphitheatre / Amphithéâtre des Anciens, Room/ salle 1124, Ground floor / Rez de chaussée

ASG Blog\ Blog du GRA: https://africastudygr.wordpress.com
Twitter: @AfricStudyGroup

Ousainou Ngum, “The Africa Rising Narrative & Partnering with the Private Sector” / <<Le récit de la montée de l’Afrique et les partenariats avec le secteur privé>>

NOTE: Ousainou Ngum is Executive Director of ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development), a pan-African development organization working for social justice, with program offices in 17 countries /
NDLR: Ousainou Ngum est Directeur exécutif de ACORD, Agence pour la coopération et la recherche dans le développement, une organisation panafricaine oeuvrant pour la justice sociale dans 17 pays.

The Africa Rising narrative has been adopted by government and non-government institutions with the goal contributing to structural transformation in Africa – which is guided by economic principles. Ousainou Ngum provides a critical analysis, from a civil society perspective, on the Africa Rising Narrative and the structures, drivers and determinants of inequalities and how inequalities are currently being addressed within the global context. In addition, he will touch upon how African civil society organizations are approaching partnerships with multi-national corporations.

Le récit de « la montée de l’Afrique » a été adopté par les gouvernements et des institutions non gouvernementales dans le but de contribuer à la transformation structurelle de l’Afrique, qui est guidée par des principes économiques. Ousainou Ngum fera une analyse critique, du point de vue de la société civile, du récit de la montée de l’Afrique ainsi que des structures, des conducteurs et des déterminants des inégalités, et comment les inégalités sont actuellement traitées dans le contexte mondial. En outre, il discutera de la façon dont les organisations de la société civile africaine abordent les partenariats avec des sociétés multinationales.

Please register at the following link / Veuillez vous inscrire au lien suivant: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/africa-rising-narrative-private-sector-partners-african-cso-perspective-tickets-13462995181

If you have any further inquiries, please contact: / Si vous avez d’autres questions, prière de communiquer avec Louise Ouimet (louimet@govplusintl.com) or Kimberly MacMillan (kmacmillan@ccic.ca)

Get ready for a new season – Préparez-vous pour la prochaine saison

Le Groupe de Réflexion pour l’Afrique débutera la saison 2014-15 le mercredi 24 septembre à 17h00 à l’Université St. Paul avec une rencontre sur les objectifs de développement du millénaire pour l’après 2015, avec Hany Besada. Détails suivront.

The Africa Study Group will start season 2014-15 on Wednesday, September 24 at 5:00 PM at St. Paul University with a meeting on post 2015 Millenium Development Goals with Hany Besada – details to follow.

Wrapping up the year – en guise de conclusion pour cette année

Dear ASG members,

We just completed quite a successful year with a total of 13 events, with three co-organized with Ottawa U, our Middle East cousins and CIC-National Capital Branch, for a total of approximately 435 participants. A summary table is attached. In addition, building on the very good work done last year, we published and sent around to government officials and MPs a policy paper on Social Responsibility and CIC website published it on December 16, 2013. More recently, a paper to encourage the elaboration of a strategy to frame Canada-Africa’s relations on new grounds was also distributed around, and I will get it up on Open Canada as well. This last paper is also attached in both official languages. Please feel free to distribute it widely. We also initiated some partnerships with universities and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. And the blog is well over 1000 views.

Looking forward, we are planning to: improve the quality of our monthly meetings, improve the blog, strengthen partnerships and be more active in the media. Of course, this can be materialized with a few hands to hold the pen. We will explore themes such as food security, innovative tools to support the Canadian private sector’ doing business in Africa, local governance, Post-2015 Development goals and South Africa. Those are only indicative for now.

We can be successful and have a vibrant community if you get involved. I must say that my previous message did not generate any spontaneous offers of help. So again, we do need help. Actually this is not entirely true as a very recent member, who joined us the day before the BBQ will give me a hand to improve the blog. But we still need someone to help Aubrey and eventually replace him as Secretary, and I would like to have a Vice-President. I also suggest a new formula. If one of you is interested in analyzing one theme more in depth, that person could work alone or with others, define the theme, find speakers and I will try to find university students who would support the process of writing a paper. The commitment would only be for that specific theme. So please, do not hesitate to jump in and have fun with us. Am looking forward to hear from you in the coming weeks.

Chers membres du GRA,

Nous venons de compléter une année jalonnée de succès avec un total de 13 événements, dont trois co-organisés avec l’Université d’Ottawa, nos cousins du Moyen-Orient et CIC de la capitale nationale, pour un total approximatif de 435 participants. Un tableau résumant les activités est joint. De plus, en nous basant sur l’excellent travail réalisé l’année précédente, nous avons publié et transmis aux officiels du gouvernements et à des parlementaires un document de politique sur la Responsabilité Sociale et il a été publié sur le site web de CIC (cliquer sur le lien en bleu ci-haut dans le texte anglais)​ le 16 décembre 2013. Plus récemment, un papier visant à convaincre du bien-fondé d’élaborer une stratégie pour orienter les relations entre le Canada et l’Afrique, en se basant sur de nouveaux paradigmes, a également été distribué et je le ferai publié sur Open Canada également. Ce document est également joint dans les deux langues officielles. Sentez-vous libres de le distribuer aux gens à qui cela pourrait intéresser. Nous avons également initié des partenariats avec certaines universités et la Fondation Aga Khan du Canada. Notre blog a plus de 1000 ‘views’ à date.

Ce qui nous attend dans l’avenir? Nous souhaitons améliorer la qualité de nos réunions mensuelles, améliorer le blogue, renforcer nos partenariats et être plus actifs dans les médiats. Évidemment, cela ne peut se matérialiser qu’en pouvant compter sur quelques mains additionnelles pour l’écriture. Nous allons explorer des thèmes tel que la sécurité alimentaire, la formulation d’outils innovants pour appuyer les affaires du secteur privé canadien en Afrique,la gouvernance locale, les objectifs du développement de l’après 2015 et l’Afrique du Sud. Ces idées ne sont que des indications pour le moment.

Nous pouvons être une communauté dynamique qui réussit sa mission si vous vous impliquez. Je dois vous confier que mon dernier message n’a pas engendré d’offre de collaboration spontanée. Alors je répète que nous avons besoin d’aide. En fait, j’ai maintenant de l’aide d’un membre qui s’est joint la veille du BBQ pour me donner un coup de pouce pour améliorer le blogue. Nous avons toujours besoin de quelqu’un pour travailler avec Aubrey au niveau du Secrétariat et de le remplacer éventuellement et j’aimerais toujours avoir un-e Vice-président-e. Je vous propose aussi une nouvelle formule. Si quelqu’un-e est intéressé-e à analyser un thème plus en profondeur, cette personne pourrait travailler seule ou en collaboration avec d’autres, à la définition du thème, l’identification de conférenciers, et je pourrais tenter de trouver des étudiants universitaires qui pourraient soutenir le processus en écrivant un document. L’engagement serait ainsi que pour ce thème spécifique. SVP, n’hésitez pas à sauter et à avoir du plaisir avec nous. J’ai bien hâte de vous lire à ce sujet au cours des prochaines semaines.

Kenya On the Road to Decentralization

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Following the violent aftermath of the 2007 presidential elections in Kenya, the country launched serious consultations with citizens and political parties resulting in a major overhaul of its constitution in 2010. Devolution of some power traditionally reserved for the national government was given to 47 county-level elected governments and was considered a major part of the solution towards enhanced cohesion between ethnic groups, improved and more accountable public service delivery and a more vibrant democracy. Of course such a process cannot be achieved overnight and three elected officials from the Eleyo Marakwet Assembly came to Canada early June to learn more about our own federal system.

On June 6, 2014 the highly committed Kenyan delegation had lunch with a few representatives from Ottawa University, the Canadian Parliamentary Center, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and Mauril Bélanger, President of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association and MP for Ottawa-Vanier, followed by a meeting with members of the Africa Study Group (ASG) affiliated with the CIC-National Capital Branch. These events marked the culmination of a trip organized by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Canadian Parliamentary Center. During this trip, the delegation was able to learn about the functioning of the Canadian federal system with its long-standing and well-established separation of powers and reflect upon lessons learned for the Kenyan context.

Presentations and discussions during the visit were frank and open, explaining the rationale behind the 2010 Constitution, examining Kenya’s current effort to address the country’s socioeconomic problems with this new system of local county assemblies, and the challenges they were facing in its implementation. Albert Kochei, Speaker of the Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly told the African Study Group that this new system allows citizens to have a more direct say in the decisions that affect their day-to-day lives, including budget preparation. He also pointed out that public education concerning the process is necessary to ensure that elected representatives and those who elect them learn how to interact with each other. As currently constructed, the new-fangled Assemblies in Kenya draft Integrated Development Plans and receive funding from the Kenyan government to facilitate their implementation. The Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission then helps to oversee the accountability of these governance structures while individual county administrations have also been building internal mechanisms to guard against corruption. Furthermore, 30 percent of county government employees are sourced from outside the county to promote diversity and address the tribal divisions that were blamed for the most recent spate of violence in 2007-2008.

John Tomashevski of the IRI indicated that this trip was one of many that the organization puts together for both local and national-level political representatives to learn about governance practices in countries across the globe. In Kenya, IRI has played a significant role in fostering this educative process, paying special attention to marginalized groups such as women and youth.

There is much to be learned by Kenya’s practitioners of local government as the new system continues takes shape, and Canadians have every reason to be proud of the long history of strong federalism and the lessons it can offer trailblazers of emerging local governance in Kenya and beyond.

Alim Jiwa holds an MA in Conflict Studies from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization in International Studies from Carleton Universitys Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. His academic interests include democratization, diversity and inclusion, human rights and social justice and Louise Ouimet, Chair of the Africa Study Group.

ASG – What’s Next – BBQ June 18 Juin pour clôturer la saison 2013-14

At Ron Rose’s, 264 Main Street, Ottawa
– Starting at 4 :30 PM.
– ASG members and guests are welcome. See you there!
-Cost: 12$ per person.

-chez Ron Rose, au 264 Rue Main, Ottawa
-bienvenue aux membres du GRA et à leurs invités
-dès 16h30. Au plaisir de vous voir.
– coût: 12$ par personne.

Prière de confirmer votre participation/Please confirm your participation: Paul Hitschfeld: paufeld@sympatico.ca

Louise

Special ASG Activity on June 6: this is a great opportunity to hear from first hand the experience of decentralization/devolution in Kenya

ASG is pleased to convey its members to a special meeting with a delegation of country parliamentarians from Kenya. During the week of June 2nd, the International Republican Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing democracy worldwide, will host a delegation of Kenyan County Assembly members in Ottawa with the intent to learn about the Canadian approach to and experience with the budgetary impacts of devolution processes, inclusive and responsive policy development, and the development of effective sub-national government associations.

Since election in 2013, county assemblies have been at the forefront of implementing devolution in Kenya and this delegation has a unique view of the devolution process as members of a new body with a wide mandate. The delegation will include the Speaker of the Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly, who is also the Secretary General of the County Assemblies Forum and two members of the Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly.

Location: Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert St. O’Connor Room
Date: Friday, June 6 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

An agenda will be sent closer to the meeting.

Please confirm your attendance ASAP, as space is limited.

Je m’excuse de ce message entièrement en anglais. Il manque un peu de temps pour tout faire..