the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life
welcome the sixth Distinguished Visiting Practitioner
Michel Noureddine Kassa
Country Team Leader for the Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Experiences from Africa"
Monday, October 15
Women and Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo
6:30 pm in Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across from the Heller School
Kassa kicks off the residency with a discussion of women's inequality in the Eastern Congo. Sponsored by the Heller Gender Working Group and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.
Tuesday, October 16
11:00 am - 12:20 pm in Shiffman 219
New generations of post-independence elites play a crucial role in peacemaking in Africa and the Middle East.
A Look at Development in the Democratic Republic of Congo
12:30 - 1:50 pm in Heller-Brown Bldg. 218
Sustainable development faces tremendous challenges in polarized societies, where urban elites are pitted against those working to improve the Human Development Index (HDI) across the society.
Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
6:30 pm in the Mandel Center for the Humanities G10
Sustainable development and the challenge of polarized societies.
Wednesday, October 17
Film Screening: Katanga Business
12:30 - 2:00 pm in Heller Glynn Amphitheatre (G4)
A political and economic thriller about globalization in one of the world's richest regions in mining resources -- but precious little of the profit trickles down to the ordinary folk who live and work there. Pizza will be served.
New Models and Old Constraints for Responsible Partnerships
2:00 - 4:00 pm in Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) 204
A panel addressing the challenges of responsible business, especially for foreign companies working in Africa's mining industry. Michel Noureddine Kassa joins Prof. Joseph Assan (MA SID), Aaron Chassy (Catholic Relief Services), Germain Indjassa (MA COEX), Prof. Catherine Mann (IBS), and Josep Maria (ESADE University, Spain). See "related readings" below to download articles about Africa's extractive industry.
Thursday, October 18
9:00 - 11:50 am in Heller G2
Being a peace professional in volatile contexts requires ethical guidelines for ongoing negotiation.
Career Path of a Peacebuilder
12:00 - 1:30 pm Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium
Heading for a career in coexistence or peacebuilding? Are you an activist committed to making a difference? Kassa shares stories about the choices he made, the people who influenced him, and his day-to-day life as a peacebuilder. Dessert and drinks provided. Cosponsored by the the Hiatt Career Center and the Heller Career Development Center.
Office Hours with Michel Noureddine Kassa
1:30 - 3:30 pm in Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) 302
Here's your chance to ask focused questions one-on-one. Don't miss this opportunity to speak with a seasoned peacebuilder in a casual, individual setting. First come, first served.
Keynote Address: National Cohesion in Insecure States: Experiences from Africa
5:00 - 6:30 pm in Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Mistrust, rivalries, and manipulation of past legacies...How can we pursue sustainable and ecologically responsible development in a globalized and exposed puzzle of nations, networks, and interests?Updates and RSVP (optional) on Facebook. Download poster for this event here.
Friday, October 19
Conflict Analysis and Intervention
11:00 am - 12:20 pm in Olin-Sang 116
Negotiation and mediation have the power to avoid court interventions and decisions; they might also avoid the resort to force and violence in the international arena or in regional conflicts. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are many examples of what negotiation and mediation accomplished: opening the Congo River back to navigation, letting national exams cross enemy lines, reducing the risks of revenge after elections, and permitting changes in top positions.
The French Influence in Africa: Keeping the Good, Amending the Bad
12:30 - 1:50 pm in Shiffman 202
How can Africa preserve the best of the French spirit, while cleaning up the refuse of paternalism and dubious postcolonial brotherhoods? Discussion will be in French.
-"Rebuilding Peace and State Capacity in War-torn Burundi," Howard Wolpe.
-"Towards Leaders' Reconciliation: Success Factors for Effective Post-Conflict Facilitation," Alain Pekar Lempereur.
-"A Bridge to Lasting Peace: Post-Conflict Reconciliation in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo," Aurelien Colson and Alain Pekar Lempereur.
-"Conflict-Sensitive Development Assistance: The Case of Burundi," Juana Brachet and Howard Wolpe.
Readings about Africa's extractive industries
-"Transparency and Accountability in Africa's Extractive Industries: The Role of the Legislature," Ed. Shari Bryan and Barrie Hofmann.
-"Extractive Industries - Their Contribution to the Congo's Development," Patricia Feeney.
-"Digging in corruption: Fraud, abuse and exploitation in Katanga's copper and cobalt mines," a report by Global Witness.Filed under: