RVI Juba Lecture Announcement - What Can Civil Society Do?

Rift Valley Institute

RVI Juba Lectures 2016

What Can Civil Society Do?
The Role of Civil Society in the Political Transition

Catholic University of South Sudan, Juba, Tong Piny/Juba Na’Bari Campus
21-23 June, 2016
4:30 – 6:30pm

The fifth Rift Valley Institute Juba Lecture Series is due to take place over the week of 20th June, under the title ‘What Can Civil Society Do? The Role of Civil Society in the Political Transition.’

Since 2010, the RVI has organised an annual series of public lectures in Juba. These lectures are designed to promote public discussion of emerging political and cultural issues in South Sudan. This year’s lectures are co-hosted by the Institute of Applied Research and Community Outreach at the Catholic University of South Sudan, Juba.

With the recent formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity, this year’s lectures come at a critical time. A civil society, confident and well resourced, can contribute much to political discourse and is better able to engage in nation building, hold public institutions to account and improve the transparency of public life. The 2016 lectures will bring together academics, activists, church people, chiefs and press to discuss the nature of civil society in South Sudan and its past and future place in the public sphere. Over three evenings the programme will focus on specific institutions, including NGOs, churches and customary authorities, with a concluding discussion that will explore the relationship between them.

The panel discussions will seek to answer questions concerning the role of civil society, including: What does the experience of working towards the peace agreement of August 2015, and the subsequent efforts to form the TNGU, tell us about civil society in South Sudan?  What can we learn from the historic engagement of civil society in peace building? How can the different civil society elements, NGOs, traditional authority leaders, and churches, work together?

If you have any questions regarding the lecture series please contact Ellie Hobhouse, RVI Programme Manager for South Sudan (ellie.hobhouse@riftvalley.net) or Loes Lijnders, Director of the Institute of Applied Research and Community Outreach (iarco.cuofss@gmail.com).
Panel Line-ups:

21 June - First Evening: Chiefs & Churches
Panelists: 
Chief Wilson Peni (Head of COTAL, WES)
Chief Jacob Madhel (Head of COTAL, Warrap State)
Madam Modi (COTAL member, WES)
Bishop Enock Tombe (Anglican Bishop – Rejaf)
Chair:
John Ashworth (SSCC)

22 June - Second Evening: Civil Society & NGOs
Panelists:
Isaac Kenyi (Justice and Peace Commission)
Other panelists to be announced
Chair:
Dr Bernard Suwa (formerly, CNHPR)

23 June - Final Evening: NGO’s, Chiefs and Churches in Conversation
Panelists:
Chief Jacob Madhel (Head of COTAL, Warrap State)
Isaac Kenyi (Justice and Peace Commission)
Other panelists to be announced
Chair:
Dr Bernard Suwa (formerly, CNHPR)

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