Africa 2020 Two-day workshop: Law, Rights, and Governance in Africa. A Look to the Future
The thematic focus of the workshop “Law, Rights, and Governance in Africa. A Look to the Future” ‐ encompasses the study of institutions, actors and phenomena at various levels, i.e. the macro, meso and micro level. As such the workshop will not only build connections between disciplines but also between various levels of analysis. The workshop theme refers to the study of past and present state law and state institutions, as well as the wide range of religious, traditional, “twilight”, and customary legal political institutions that can be found across the different countries of Africa. Attention is also paid to the increasing political and legal power of private corporations and of networks of businesses and investors, both private and public. At the regional and global level, our focus includes such disparate actors and institutions as the African Union, third states investing in different African countries and international organizations. The workshop’s theme “Law, Rights, and Governance in Africa. A Look to the Future” moreover includes the study of the creation, translation and appropriation of human rights, international business law, and development law. Finally, the workshop pays explicit attention to the governance of ‐, and the (often‐conflicting) rights to natural resources.
Africa 2020 workshop: The Nile: Inclusion and Exclusion over a Trans-boundary Resource (water and land acquisition)
Although the Nile is an indispensable resource for the people, its governance has not been designed and implemented conveniently on national and regional levels. Inside national territories, different challenges impede the livelihood of populations such as droughts, floods, deforestation, land degradation and water pollution. But on transnational level, the disagreement about the Nile waters allocation causes a lack of trust and confrontations mainly between the upstream and downstream countries. Land and water acquisition (grabbing) are contributing to these tensions. Therefore there is a need for equitable and sustainable water policies in the Nile. In this two-days workshop a ‘scenario development process’ will be used to explore future paths where the Nile waters could fulfill social consideration, development policies and environmental justice within the complexity of transboundary governance.This workshop is funded by LeidenASA and is part of Africa 2020. Organising committee: Abeer Abazeed, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University; Abby Onencan, TU Delft; Bert Enserink, TU Delft (facilitator); Lama El Hatow, Erasmus University Rotterdam