Governance in Africa: The Role of Non-Violent Protests in Influencing Change and Delivery

Speakers reflect on the trends and patterns of non-violent protests across Africa, the place of citizens’ resistance in governance paradigms, and the lessons in translating social movements into concrete change

Research event
12 November 2020 — 12:00PM TO 1:30PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the challenges of governance in many African countries, placing new demands on public service provision and highlighting expectations gaps between citizens and their governments.

New modes of citizens’ resistance and social resilience are emerging, including a growing trend of non-violent protests. Political transitions in Sudan, Algeria, Burkina Faso and others have highlighted the role that non-violent protests can play in reshaping the social compact between state and citizens.

Yet many social movements remain vulnerable to co-option by military and elite interests, particularly in the absence of effective coordination and mobilisation mechanisms.

This Maendeleo Policy Forum webinar is co-organised with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the Chatham House Africa Programme

The event will also be broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page


Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary-General; Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

David Omozuafoh, Programme Manager, Regional Service Centre for Africa, UNDP

Aisha Yesufu, Political Activist; Co-Convener, Bring Back Our Girls movement

Professor Amr Khairy Abdalla, Former Vice Rector, University for Peace, Costa Rica

Dr Awino Okech, Lecturer, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London

Brian Kagoro, Development Practitioner

Chair: Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, Regional Director, Africa and West Asia, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)

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