MARCH 14, 2019 - Zimbabwe 2019: Real Quest for Democracy or Smoke and Mirrors?

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to present:

Zimbabwe 2019: Real Quest for Democracy or Smoke and Mirrors?

The forced departure of President Mugabe, the transition to a new ZANU-PF leadership and the aftermath of the controversial 2018 elections have altered the Zimbabwean political landscape. Initial hopes that Zimbabwe was at a possible inflection point for democracy and development have vanished with the deepening political and economic crisis, the labor strikes and the regime's violent crackdown in January 2019.  Democratic space and opportunities for inclusive development are deteriorating as a result. What can be done to protect and enhance democratic space notably for women and youth and non-violent transformations from below? To better understand the situation, Global Affairs Canada supported a CANADEM team in making an assessment in February. Two members of the team will present and discuss their key findings at the brown bag lunch.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall - FTX570
(57 Louis-Pasteur Private, uOttawa)

All are welcome. | Event in English.


  • Juliet KIRANGWA KAYE & Jean-Marc MANGIN | CANADEM (Canada's Civilian Response Corps)

Jean-Marc and Juliet are the co-partners of EquipeUbuntu, a small consulting firm providing needs assessment, strategic advice and capacity-building.

From 2010 to 2016, Jean-Marc was the Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest national organization of Canadian researchers and scholars. After fifteen years as a public servant with the UN, international NGOs and the Canadian Government, Jean-Marc became in 2006 the executive director of CUSO, Canada’s oldest volunteer-sending NGO, and was the first executive director of the Global Call for Climate Action, a civil society initiative bringing together over 350 international organizations and networks in support of transformational change and rapid action to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Jean-Marc has lived for more than 10 years in the Global South, mostly in Africa.  Jean-Marc holds a M.A. in Political Sciences from the University of Toronto.

From 2004 to 2016, Juliet provided advice to over 400 entrepreneurs in the Greater Toronto Area in developing and executing their business plans. 83% were self-sustaining within 2 years; 8% earned over $1 million within 5 years. Prior to moving to Canada, Juliet worked with FAO and WFP in Ghana, Malawi and Zimbabwe in managing food security programs and in providing policy analysis. She has worked directly with farmers, extension services and agro-businesses as well as with policy units within the UN and local governments. Most recently, she supported private entities and consortiums achieving national food self-sufficiency goals in Guyana and Jamaica. Juliet holds a M.A. in Agricultural Economics from Makerere University in Uganda.

 Real Quest for Democracy or Smoke and Mirrors?


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