Monday, 21 February 2011

Press Release: National Conference on Making Democracy Work for Nigerians

The CLEEN Foundation in collaboration with the Ford Foundation West Africa office wishes to invite you to a national conference on Making Democracy Work for Nigerians. The program is being organized as part of activities to mark the 50th Anniversary of Ford Foundation's grant making on governance and human rights in Nigeria and will hold at the Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri, Imo state, from February 22-24, 2011. We hope the events of the day would be covered by media house.

After twelve years of elected civilian government, Nigerians across divides are still asking questions about dividends of democracy. Data from Afrobarometer and CLEEN Foundation surveys indicate that the level of peoples’ satisfaction with the way democracy works in the country is plummeting by the year. Against this background, the conference seeks to bring stakeholders from state and non-state actors to brainstorm on the pertinent issue of making democracy work for ordinary people and formulating recommendations and action plans that should inform political contestation, governance and civic action.

Papers to be presented at the Conference include:
  1. Making Democracy Work in Nigeria: Strategies for Action by Prof. Okwudiba Nnoli, Executive Director, Pan African Centre for Research on Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  2. Making Democracy work for the People: The Ghana Experience by Prof Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Ghana Centre for Democratic Development.
The CLEEN Foundation is a non-governmental organization established in 1998 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), to promote public safety security and accessible justice in Nigeria through empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications in partnership with government and civil society.  

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