Forthcoming colloquia, conferences and seminars based around the key themes of the Institute.
This non-exhaustive list is a simple indicator and in no way obligates the IRG as to any of the content highlighted. The events organised or co-organised by the IRG are highlighted in bold.
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IRG hearing by the Francophone Africa Information Mission of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the French National Assembly (lower house of Parliament). The IRG has more specifically been heard about topics relating to State instability and possibilities to build anticipation capabilities, notably through overseas development assistance.
Conference organised by the Institute for research and debate on governance (IRG), the Coopération régionale andine et the French Embassy in Bogota.
Since the 90’s, in Latin America, many civil society organisations have been performing a rigorous monitoring of public institutions and their action. These “citizen control” processes carry various effects depending on the political and institutional contexts: organisation of a public dialogue or concerted elaboration of public policies, but also suspicion and reluctance between the different actors involved.
30 Latino American and French civil society representatives, politicians, officials and academics will study the impact and finality of these controls. More specifically, this will be about determining if these processes contribute or not to a coresponsibility of the different actors of public action.
This conference will be attended by Jean-Marc Laforêt, French Ambassador in Colombia.
Johannesburg, South Africa
IRG co-organises the roundtable "Making elections more legitimate in Africa", in partnership with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the support of the French Embassy in South Africa.
This workshop will gather researchers and practitioners of electoral processes. It will focus on the relationship between elections, instability and legitimacy in Africa. It will also deal with the role of external actors, particularly at the African Union level.
IRG will give a presentation on "Elections and risk of instability in Africa: supporting legitimate electoral processes".
The IRG will contribute to "the international actions of local authorities: policy research (s)" seminar which is organised by Sciences Po Grenoble, United Cities France (CUF) and the Institute of Advanced Studies of the international actions of cities and local governments (IDHIL), with support from the French development Agency (AFD).
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL
On the sidelines of the 16th Mercociudades Summit, the regional delegation of French cooperation in the Southern Cone and Brazil, the Embassy of France in Brazil, the IRG, the Mercociudades network, and the Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) organize a workshop on issues of territorial governance of natural resources.
The IRG will participate in the conference «governance conflicts and the truth on politics within the European Union” which is organized by the Université du Sud Toulon-Var, Centre d’études et de recherches sur les contentieux
Co-orgaized with the French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI), and with support from the French Development Agency (AFD), the seminar will address the theme of: “Civil Society and public authorities: what kind of dialogue to engage policies serving the citizens?” ("Société civile et pouvoirs publics: quels dialogues pour des politiques au service des citoyens?). It will focus on the impact of the participation of civil society in public policy and the role of international cooperation organizations in this field.
Roundtable hosted by the IRG and the University de los Andes on "co-production of public policy: terms and impact in the Andean region."
Alliance Française in Bogota, Colombia at 5:30 p.m.
Claire Launay (IRG) will intervene to comment Ana Paulina Sabbagh and Marcela Restrepo’s presentation – both members of Transparencia por Colombia.
Sustainable Development - Human Rights: a common struggle?
A workshop on "Civil Society and participation in public policy" is being organised by the IRG, the French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI), the Atlantic-Guinea 44 Cooperation and the GRDR (Migration, Citizenship and Development). The workshop will discuss possible paths towards a better involvement of civil society in the elaboration of public policy. Elisabeth Dau will be speaking about the capitalization operation led by IRG for the programme "Civil society and participation" of the CFSI.
The IRG is involved in the consultation process carried out by the French Minister for Development, Mr. Pascal CANFIN, with the aim of renovating the French international development policy. This process brings together representatives, in six colleges, of major French actors involved in the field: elected and local authorities, NGOs, trade unions and employers, companies and corporate foundations, researchers and state. Launched last November, the roundtables continue in January and February 2013 on five thematic workshops:
- What vision of development post 2015? ;
- How to ensure transparent and effective aid? ;
- How to increase policy coherence for development? ;
- How to strengthen partnerships between the state and non-state actors? ;
- Technological and social innovations, research policies: what challenges for development?
A restitution session will take place on March 1st and will be closed by François Hollande.
The IRG participated in the seminar on the challenges of health democracy organized by the association AIDES (http://www.aides.org/) with its African partners. Pierre-Yves GUIHENEUF spoke on the theme "Democracy and health: Lessons and Challenges from the multi-actor dialogue" on January 14.
Debate on stakeholder actions in the international actions of cities and local governments: what role for public actors? How are the differences between Northern and Southern public actors taken into account? What regulations are used?
The conference on "Pluralism and Democracy: Prospects for the Arab Middle East and North Africa" is organized by ECFR and CCD, in association with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, the Arab Reform Initiative, FIDH, and the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a workshop devoted to the French concept of legal pluralism. Organized in the form of interactive roundtables, the workshop was held Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of December 2012.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Following the Bamako (2007), Polokwane (2009), Lima (2009), Arusha (2009), Yaoundé (2010), Saarbrucken (2011), and Tunis (2012) meetings, the Addis Ababa Meeting will be dedicated to the common challenge of diversity management by public action, though the prism of Constitutions and Human Rights. As in the previous International Meeting Process stages, the meeting is to be characterized by a crossing of views, cultures, disciplines, and actors. Approximately thirty participants will gather in Addis Ababa, city which hosts the seat of the African Union and which is highly symbolic in terms of governance in Africa.
- See also : http://www.institut-gouvernance.org...
- Read the colloquium note : Diversity Management through Public Action: the case of Constitutions and Human Rights (PDF)
The IRG will take part in the international week held by the Cerdhap, the Centre d’etudes et de recherche sur le droit, l’histoire et l’administration publique (Centre for the Research and Study of Law, History and Public Administration) of the University Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble.
Séverine Bellina, Director of the IRG, will attend, notably speaking to the motion “Is the State still needed” in a public debate on Thursday 22 March.
Perspectives from North Africa
Following the colloquiums of Bamako (2007), Polokwane (2008), Arusha (2009) and Yaoundé (2010), the Tunis Colloquium is the last stage of the “International Meeting Process for debate and proposals on governance” for Africa. It will focus on the five North-African countries represented in our colloquium (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia).
As for our previous colloquiums, we searched out a crossing of views, cultures, fields and actors. About fifty civil society, private sector, religious, political and institutional representatives and leading figures etc. will come from the North African region, Turkey, Europe, Southern and Northern America, Sub Saharan Africa to share their experiences. The current climate in the region confirms the emergency of identifying the process and vectors of a legitimate democratic governance.
في أعقاب ندوات من باماكو (2007)، بولوكواني (2008)، أروشا (2009) وياوندي (2010)، ندوة تونس هو المرحلة الأخيرة من "عملية الاجتماع الدولي لمناقشة وعرض مقترحات بشأن الحكم" لأفريقيا وسوف يركز على بلدان شمال أفريقيا الخمسة الممثلة في الندوة ) الجزائر، مصر، ليبيا، المغرب وتونس)
أما بالنسبة للندوات السابقة لدينا، فقد بحثنا في وجهات النظر والثقافات ومجالات العمل والفاعلين فيها.
حوالي خمسين ممثل عن المجتمع المدني، والقطاع الخاص، وممثلين السياسيين والدينيين والمؤسسات والشخصيات وما إلى ذلك سيأتون من مناطق شمال أفريقيا وتركيا وأوروبا، وجنوب وشمال أمريكا لتبادل خبراتهم، المناخ الحالي في المنطقة يؤكد خطورة وضرورة تحديد العملية، والاتجاهات لحكم ديمقراطي شرعي. وسوف يتم اطلاقالبرنامج على الموقع الالكتروني خلال الايام المقبلة.
Lima - Peru
The IRG is a partner in this international encounter co-organised by the Andean Commission of Jurists, Andean Regional Co-operation, and the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs..
In the course of three days some thirty participants will discuss the issues at stake in juridical pluralism. The seminar will bring together a range of actors mostly from the Andean region but also from Europe, Africa and the Arab world: academics, specialists, leaders of indigenous communities, members of national or international institutions (e.g. the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights) and high ranking national politicians. At all levels, whether regional (inter-American human rights system) or national (new constitutions, juridical policies), Latin America is noted for going to great lengths in taking juridical pluralism into account in its institutions, policies and standards. It is the ambition of this encounter to find out about the implementation of juridical and normative pluralism on the Latin-American continent in parallel with European and African experiences and current processes in the Arab world.
Auditorium du Musée du Quai Branly - Paris - France
The IRG is a partner in this event organised by CCFD-Terre Solidaire on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Download the detailed programme and registration form from http://ccfd-terresolidaire.org/coll...
Following those of the Andean countries in Colombia and The Republic of Guinea, this was the third in a series of regional meetings co-ordinated by IRG. In association with the French embassy in Serbia and the Serbian Association of Municipalities and Towns (SKGO), these exchanges facilitated a greater understanding of the challenges and stakes involved in the context of integration within the European Union. Using examples relating to justice, decentralisation and customs operation, debates were centred around three themes: the challenges implicit in outside support in relation to the reform of public administration, the identification of requirements and mechanisms for improving partnership in administration co-operation.
In the Andean region, administrative reform is currently at the heart of a broad debate, notably against the background of transformation of the State. The 2008 and 2009 constitutions in Ecuador and Bolivia for instance have set off major state reforms and the instauration of a “new public management”.
This evolution forces “public affairs” policy-makers to adjust and often to modify their approach and their thinking framework. It also induces the transformation of approaches and practices adopted by external cooperation actors towards backing the renewal of public administration.
The French Ministry of Foreign and European affairs, the service of Andean regional cooperation, the French Embassy in Colombia, the Esternado University, Bogota and the institute for Research and debate on Governance offer the Andean actors implementing public administration reform and the international cooperation coordinators in the region a platform where to discuss, from personal experience, the reforms introduced in the region as well as the mechanisms and implications of cooperation in this field.
Bogota, Externado University of Colombia
A summary of the discussions will shortly be available on the IRG website
Bogota, Externado University of Colombia
Symposium on regional governance organised by the School of Public Administration of the University of Victoria, Vancouver, Canada
The IRG has been invited to set forth its multi-cultural approach to governance along with its working methodology in the framework of the symposium on regional governance organised by the University of Victoria-Vancouver on 27 and 28 May 2011. European and American academics will get together in order to exchange on the theme of regional governance. They will turn their attention to territorial structures, citizen’s involvement, the implications of regional policies and the new sorts of metropolitan conurbations. This symposium is organised by the School of Public Administration of the University of Victoria-Vancouver.
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Ever since 2006, the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (IRG) has supported the CFSI in the capitalisation of its Civil society and participation programme. This programme (SCP2), which has been retained for the period 2010-2013, lies at the core of the issues arising between civil society and the authorities, in France as well as in partner countries. It aims to share and further innovative cooperation practices between CFSI members and their partners towards a constructive dialogue between civil society and the authorities. The international workshop planned for the 26 and 27 May revolves on these issues in background to the presentation of a capitalisation process hinging on two major lines of enquiry: arriving at a collective voice and joining in the dialogue with the authorities. This workshop will be held in Paris and will rely on the participation of CFSI members, stakeholders in pluriannual and annual projects supported by the SCP2 programme, members of the stirring committee, and CFSI and IRG teams
Read the PDF file : http://www.institut-gouvernance.org...
From the end of the eighties on, the reference to governance has become more and more significant in a range of political domains and has been used by remarkably diverse actors. Here are two studies on the implementation of this concept in Colombia. The first piece, Gobernanza y conflicto en Colombia (in English Governance and Conflict in Colombia), proposes to consider the diverse kinds of legitimacy in a Colombian context. The second book, Prácticas de evaluación en América Latina (in English Evaluation practices in Latin America), weighs up the relevance and the usefulness of institutional evaluation.
European Academy of Otzenhausen (Germany)
An opportunity for the IRG and its partners to set off critical thinking on issues of power in Europe.
In the framework of the 13th edition of the Franco-German dialogue – Thinking tomorrow’s Europe, the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (IRG) facilitates, with the Deutsch-Französisches Institut (http://www.dfi.deenstart.shtml) the workshop focusing on “The comeback of the Nation-State, populism and political disenchantment: the issues of EU legitimacy and traditional democratic models in Europe”
Prospects in Central Africa
This symposium is the fifth meeting of the "International Meeting Process for debate and proposals on governance" whose objective is to try to understand, for each sub-region of the world (Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia) , the sources of legitimacy and the process of legitimation of political power.
Johannesburg, South Africa
- Review of the History of the development of African constitutions and their transformations
- Recent news on Constitutions in Africa: Legitimacy and Ownership
- Screening / discussion, "Cuba, an African adventure" in the presence of the author Jihan El Tahri
- Looking to the future: What role for old and new powers in the affirmation of the rule of law in Africa?
Symposium co-hosted by IFAS (French Institute of South Africa), the Embassy of France, ConstitutionHill, IRG, the ARGA (Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa) and CultureFrance.
Ousmane Sy, Vice-President of the IRG, took part in the debate “Africa faced with the challenge of Democracy” organised by the television Channel France24. Clips of the debate are available on the site www.france24.com.
Clips of the debate are available on the site www.france24.com
Last December, the CFSI (Comité français pour la solidarité internationale) invited the IRG to take part, in 2010, in a project capitalising the experience from a huge programme on “civil society and participation” conducted with the backing of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. This programme was notably aimed at increasing the participation of civil society organisations in the devising and implementation of public policies on development. Some fifteen CFSI member organisations were involved in some forty initiatives involving some twenty countries and offering an extraordinarily broad range of themes, methods, scales of intervention, advocacy issues, cooperation tools, etc..
The IRG chose to narrow its scope of observation to five case studies relating to initiatives conducted by four CFSI members with their Southern partners in two countries, Colombia and Madagascar. These case studies benefited from a number of filmed interviews and many other NGOs involved were interviewed.
During a seminar co-organised by the CFSI and the IRG and bringing together representatives from Africa, Brazil, Haiti and Europe on 25 and 26 March in Paris, the main observations arising from the capitalisation of experience were debated. First and foremost the distinct evolution of North-South relations and the Southward shift of the partnerships’ centre of gravity was observable, along with a new definition of the legitimacies to intervene and the progress towards autonomization of a growing number of Southern partners. Second, it was possible to analyse the growing momentum, on the part of Southern NGOs, of political involvement models that are more and more frequently slotting in networks and alliances reinforcing their collective voices and enabling them to join, invite, create consultation forums in which to dialogue with the authorities.
The acts of this meeting and the capitalisation of experience report will shortly be available on both the IRG and the CFSI sites
Charlottesville, United States of America
The role of civil society towards co-producing health services and framing public health policies.
In the framework of the “Co-production of public goods and multi-actor partnerships” programme, this seminar organised by the IRG and the University of Virginia with the support of the UNDP and the French embassy in Washington brought together some thirty participants from China, France and the United States. Researchers, students, patients’ association representatives, NGOs and consultants met together to share their experience and analyses concerning the governance of national policies on public health. They chose to focus their critical analysis on two themes that warranted a strong mobilisation from non-State actors in the three countries involved: The fight against HIV/AIDS and access to health for the most deprived populations. The debates addressed the positioning of non-State organisations towards the State and public policies, notably on potential tensions between partnership and independence, on the establishment of State and non-State actors’ legitimacy and, beyond, on dialoguing modalities and forums between authorities and civil society. The steps following this meeting will be the object of a publication in the autumn of 2010.
This seminar was organised as part of the AGI, the Africa Governance Institute’s, activities towards political dialogue and advocacy for developmental governance in Africa. It follows the AGI’s inaugural workshop that took place in November 2009.
This seminar was organised as part of the AGI, the Africa Governance Institute’s activities towards political dialogue and advocacy for developmental governance in Africa. It follows on the AGI’s inaugural workshop that took place in November 2009.
This colloquium is the third conference in the series “Meeting process for debate and proposals on governance in Africa”, a cycle of conferences that started in 2007 in Bamako-Mali. After the meeting in Polokwane-South Africa (June 2008), the Arusha colloquium gathered during three days (Nov.30th to Dec.2nd 2009) about sixty participants coming from five countries of the Eastern African sub-region (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania), from Southern Africa, and West Africa, as well as representatives from Latin America, the United-States, and France. The themes of the debate: sources of power legitimacy, constitutional processes, and the management of collective public goods. The participants are researchers, representatives of national and international public institutions, traditional and religious authorities, civil society leaders, trade unionists, media professionals, and representatives of the private sector. For the IRG and its partners, the challenge of this type of meeting is to highlight the benefits of a reflection on legitimacy in the evolution and reform of national and international public policies.
Colombia: from 20 to 28 April, Ecuador: from 29 April to 1 May, Chile: from 2 to 4 May, Peru: 5 and 6 May, Uruguay: 7 and 8 May
Pierre Calame author of La démocratie en miettes (Democracy in Tatters), visited South America from 20 April to 8 May to mark the publication of the Spanish version of his book in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and Argentina.
For associated texts, and photos of Pierre Calame’s visit please click here BLOG : http://wwww.institut-gouvernance.org/blog
The seminar will focus on a specific actor in civil society : the "self-help network", defending the rights of marginalised populations.
The defining characteristic of these networks is that members are personally concerned by the issue they defend. The IRG/Ford Foundation seminar is bringing together these networks in order for them to share their experiences in the establishment of advocacy strategies at the transnational level and to help evaluate strategies for developing alliances with others working in their field.
What role and which policies for donors ?
Workshop of the OECD INCAF Task Team on Peacebuilding, State Building and Security
Co-organized by SciencesPoBordeaux (CEAN) and the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (IRG)
with support of BMZ, DFID, French MFEA, NORAD and OECD
La rencontre de Lima s’inscrit dans le programme "Légitimité et enracinement des pouvoirs" et fait suite aux rencontres du parcours gouvernance en Afrique: celle de Bamako, au Mali, en janvier 2007, et celle de Polokwane, en Afrique du Sud, en septembre 2008. Avec une trentaine de participants d’origines socioprofessionnelles diverses (administration publique, sphère politique, secteur privé, communautés indigènes, coopération internationale, etc.), venant de pays de la région andine (Équateur, Pérou, Colombie et Bolivie) mais aussi d’Europe et d’Afrique, le colloque de Lima vise à élargir et à approfondir la dynamique de réflexion et de débat entamée en Afrique sur les sources de la légitimité des pouvoirs. La perspective est à la fois inter-acteurs, interculturelle et interdisciplinaire. Trois thèmes seront privilégiés sur la région andine:
- 1. Les différentes sources de légitimité du pouvoir dans la région andine;
- 2. Les processus d’intégration et d’articulation de ces diverses sources de légitimité;
- 3. L’étude d’un cas concret d’application: celui du foncier, considéré comme un bien public
Polokwane (South Africa)
Movies of the meeting