Event Reports

RULE OF LAW AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: RHETORIC, CONTESTATIONS AND OPTIONS FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN

Linking gendered limitations of access to justice to African women’s lack of development has been an area lacking strong research to policy engagement. Accordingly, KAS' Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa hosted a workshop in Windhoek, Namibia between 20th and 21st January 2017 to specifically dialogue on these concerns.

Stakeholders' Conference on Activism against Corruption

22nd - 24th November 2016, Johannesburg - South Africa

The stakeholder’s conference on Activism against Corruption in Africa was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was a follow-up conference to Combating Corruption that was held in Cape Town 2015. The conference was organised in conjunction with “IFAISA” (Institute for Accountability in South Africa) and brought together various actors drawn from the legal, political, private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations, the media, academia, trade unions and State agencies to deliberate on the active role that each sector and individual can play towards fighting corruption in Africa.

Event Report: Symposium on the Rule of Law in Africa

Ten Years of KAS’ Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa: Results, Challenges and Prospects

From 15th to 16th November 2016, partners, collaborators and friends of the KAS Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as invited distinguished guests convened at the Strathmore University in Nairobi to commemorate ten years of its operations on the continent. A symposium to review the past achievements and reflect on the future challenges and prospects was the highlight of this event. The symposium was officially opened by Kenya’s new Chief Justice David Maraga and tackled various thematic areas pertinent to the rule of law in Africa.

Annual Jurists' Conference 2016: The State of Democracy and Transition in Africa

9th - 12th November 2016, Durban - South Africa

The 2016 Annual Jurists’ Conference organised in partnership with the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists addressed the regression in African democracies from different perspectives. Speakers and panellists comprised of scholars, judges, politicians and representatives of the Civil Society from Africa. The discussions dealt with qualities of leadership, involvement of the citizenry in political processes and mechanisms of holding governments accountable which if left unchecked could easily lead to state instability thereby threatening national cohesion.

Haki Na Sheria Dialogue Forum

The Nexus between Development and Corruption. A Perspective from a practicing Parliamentarian.

These regular fora address topical issues affecting Kenya and Africa in general from political, legal, social and economic angles. Hon. Isaac Mwaura, a Member of Parliament from Kenya was the guest speaker at the early breakfast dialogue forum held on 27nd September 2016 that focused on the nexus between development and corruption from a parliamentarian’s perspective. The audience comprised of interested actors from various professional backgrounds in Nairobi, including politicians, journalists, jurists, economists, scholars and members of the public.

Haki Na Sheria Dialogue Forum - 'Is Zimbabwe on the Brink? Perspectives of a Politician.'

Simbabwe - Ein Land am Abgrund?

These regular fora address topical issues affecting Kenya and Africa in general from political, legal, social and economic angles. Hon. Eddie Cross, a Member of Parliament from Zimbabwe, was the guest speaker at the early breakfast dialogue forum held on 22nd September 2016 where the current political and economic situation in Zimbabwe were discussed. The audience comprised of interested actors from various professional backgrounds in Nairobi, including politicians, journalists, jurists, economists, scholars and members of the public.

Reflection on UNEA-2 outcomes and climate change adaptation through a multi stakeholder approach

Post-UNEA-2 Workshop for East and Southern Africa

Knowing that Africa is the most vulnerable continent with regard to the effects of climate change, the Rule of Law Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa of KAS partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Kenya, the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) Nairobi and Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) to organise a two-day regional workshop on 20-21 September 2016 to reflect on the UNEA-2 resolutions with a focus on climate change as well as the Paris Agreement outcomes, while emphasising on the action points from these processes.

Annual Workshop of KAS' African Group of Experts on International Criminal Justice held in Arusha, Tanzania

15th-16th September 2016

KAS’ African Group of Experts on International Criminal Justice comprises individuals drawn from various parts of Sub-Saharan Africa working as scholars, researchers and/or practitioners in the field of international criminal law. This group meets annually to discuss pertinent matters related to international criminal justice from the African perspective, in addition to peer-reviewing their respective articles that are published annually.

4th Stellenbosch Seminar on Constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA) about Decentralization

7th-9th Septemeber 2016

The conference was held in the beginning of September in Stellenbosch (South Africa) in the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) and brought together academics from across the continent including South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, DRC, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Namibia as well as experts from overseas whose work is focused on the African continent. The African countries discussed included Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Egypt, Tunisia and Mozambique.

Regional Conference on Requirements for an independent and effective Judiciary in Sub-Saharan Africa

Young legal Researchers from Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania & Uganda discuss issues in criminal&civil proceedings

The Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organized a regional conference for young legal researchers from Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to exchange their experiences and expertise regarding requirements for an independent and effective judiciary. The conference was held on 2nd and 3rd September 2016 in Nairobi.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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