Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai – University of Ghana, Ghana
Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (PhD) is a Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), and an Honorary Research Fellow at The School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK. Prior to joining the UGBS, he worked as Research Officer at the Accra-based Institute for Democratic Governance and as post-doctoral Research Associate with the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID), both at the University of Manchester. Dr. Abdulai holds a First Class Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana, an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in Development Politics from the University of Manchester (UK). His areas of interests and specialization include the politics of development (particularly on issues of inequality and poverty reduction), democratization, human rights and elections in Africa, extractive sector governance (specifically mining and oil) and its impact on development outcomes, and state-civil society relations. His work has been published in Democratization; Labour, Capital and Society; World Politics Review; and the Journal of Financial Crime, among others.
Abubakar Abdullahi – Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria
I am Abubakar Abdullahi currently teaching with the Department of Political Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto-Nigeria. I started my teaching career with Sokoto State Polytechnic in 2001 and later Usmanu Danfodiyo University, sokoto in 2006. I hold B.Sc degree in Political Science, Masters in Public Administration and M.Sc Political Science from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. I am currently at the final stage of my Ph.D degree in Political Science with bias in Public Policy. Similarly, I have participated in national and international conferences and published in national and international Journals.
Samuel Adams – Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana
Samuel Adams is a Lecturer at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in Accra (GIMPA), Ghana. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry (University of Science and Technology, Ghana), a Master of Business Administration from Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Missouri) and a PhD from Old Dominion University, Virginia- USA. His PhD is in Public Administration and Urban Policy. Dr. Adams’ research interests are in the areas of Governance, Political Economy, Economic Development of Africa and Globalization. His articles have been published in journals such as Journal of Policy Modeling, Journal of Developing Societies, Social Science Quarterly, and Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies. Dr. Adams is currently working on a series of papers on democracy, government spending, elections and voting behavior, decentralization and trade and financial liberalization. Dr. Adams has been at GIMPA since 2007 and teaches Public Administration, Public Policy, and Politics of Public Sector Management.
Olugbemiga Samuel Afolabi – Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
My names are AFOLABI, Olugbemiga Samuel. I have Bachelor, Masters’ and PhD degrees in Political with specialization in Democratic and Electoral studies, Political Theory, and Comparative and African Politics. These areas have dominated my research interest in finding solutions to man’s socio-political problems. My primary area of interest is Comparative Politics with bias for Democratic and Electoral Studies, Political Theory, Democratization and Good governance. My research interest has focused on issues relating to challenges and problems of democracy, especially emerging democracies in Africa. My research interest also spawned the consideration of African State as a concept and institution of governance, Civil Society in its entirety and how these concepts and issues have affected democratization in Nigeria and the whole of Africa. That is why the title of my research for this workshop is “Godfatherism, public Goods and Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria.” I have recently published a book about the factors affecting democratization in Nigeria. The book, an edited work, is on Political Economy of Democratization in Nigeria. I am also actively working on a book on Politics and Society in Africa. Also, my research interest includes empirical survey and questions about the varieties of democracy (V-Dem) project based in Sweden, on whose board I serve as Regional Manager, Anglophone East and Central Africa as well as serving as the Principal Investigator and Programme Director, Centre for Nigeria Election Study (CNES). The Centre has just recently hosted a conference in April, 16 and 17, 2014 whose theme is on “Political Clientelism, Social Harmony and Quality of Government in Nigeria.” My interest on issues of democracy, elections, governance and African politics are all intricately linked to what the theme of the workshop. I have published locally and internationally.
Adegbenga Isaac Aladegbola – Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria
Dr Isaac Adegbenga Aladegbola teaches Political Science and Public Administration at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria. He had taught in the same discipline at the college of Education Ikere-Ekiti, Nigeria for eleven years. He holds a PhD Degree in Political Science from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria in 2013. He had earlier obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria now Ekiti State University in 2004 and became a licensed teacher after obtaining his Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria Certificate. He has published a number of articles and attended some academic conferences locally and internationally in areas relating to Democracy, Poverty and Development, Public Administration and Public Policy Issues. Some of his recent conferences include: The Scramble for Africa conference and Africa Day Expo on the fifty years of the OAU in Pretoria, South Africa and the 8th annual Africa Young Graduate and Scholars Conference (AYGS) in Johannesburg in February, 2014. Among his recent works are: The fifty years of Poverty and Inequality in Africa: Between Failed Responses and New Options; The Political Economy of the New Slave trade in Africa; Curriculumnising Public Service Ethical Education as a Strategy for Improved Service Delivery in Africa. He is a member of the Nigeria Political Science Association, the Pan Africa Solidarity Education Network (PASEN) and a Regional Director of the Apostolic Faith Directorate of Youth Development in Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States of Nigeria.
Dominic Degraft Arthur – University for Development Studies, Wa, Ghana
Mr. Dominic Degraft Arthur is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon. Mr. Arthur’s special interest focuses on Institutional Dimensions in Governance and Development, Adminstrative Reform especially in the Public Sector, Issues in International Politics, Issues in Patronage Politics and Public Services Provision in Africa, Citizen’s Engagement and Local Governance and Comparative International Development Studies especially in developing countries. Mr. Arthur is a lecturer in the Department of Social, Political and Historical Studies, University For Development Studies, Wa- Tamale, Ghana. Currently, Mr. Arthur is pursuing a collaborative PhD program (Political Science) which is being financed by the Faculty of Integrated Development studies, University for Development Studies, Wa- Tamale Ghana and the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Alpha Ba – Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal
Dr. Alpha Ba, PhD in Political Sociology at University of Gaston Berger. My works focused in powers dynamics and local mutations in Sénégal. I work primarily on issues of local power in Senegal. Author of several publications on the subject, he has participated in several research projects on the issue and is currently working with The Afrobarometer Sénégal team since 2005.
Ruth Carlitz – University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Ruth Carlitz is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has spent a significant amount of time working and conducting research in East Africa, including 2.5 years in Tanzania working with the local NGO HakiElimu prior to beginning graduate school. Her dissertation examines government accountability and public goods provision in Tanzania, with an emphasis on the water sector. She has also recently conducted research on transparency and accountability for organizations including the International Budget Partnership, the Institute of Development Studies, and DFID’s Accountability Programme in Tanzania. When she is not playing around with data or conducting fieldwork, Ruth enjoys running, hiking, and cooking.
Liza Rose Cirolia – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Liza Rose Cirolia is an urban planner and housing practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. She received her MCRP from University of Cape Town in 2011. Over the past ten years, Liza worked with various academic institutions and NGOs in the Bay Area, Rio de Janerio, Nairobi, and Cape Town. The majority of her work has focused on youth activism, urban citizenship, and, more recently, land and housing struggles. Liza has a diverse range of current academic interests. She is particularly interested in using Southern Urban Theory and African Urbanism debates to reflect on and valorize emergent (and contested) participatory and spatial practices in American cities (such as Oakland, Detroit, and New Orleans). She is also interested in the relationships between the new wave of powerful political imaginaries (Utopian experiments from Tatu City to the WesCape) and the more grounded and ‘everyday’ social, economic, and political dynamics in African cities. Currently, Liza is the co-ordinator of the Sustainable Human Settlements CityLab. The CityLab is a three year joint project with the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements and the African Centre for Cities. The lab offers an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar platform by which to explore critical debates, drawing into conversation the messy and conflicted domains of theory, policy, and practice.”
Delidji Eric Degila – National School of Administration, Benin
Dr. Delidji Eric Degila is an Associate Professor of International Relations at National School of Administration (ENA), Republic of Benin. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor of African Politics at Waseda University in Japan, as well as an Adjunct Researcher/Lecturer at Jean Moulin University in France. He holds a Phd in Political Science at Jean Moulin University in France, and has been graduated as a diplomat at National School of Administration (ENA) of Benin. His main interests are: International Security and Conflicts studies; International Relations, Africa in the contemporary International Relations; Diplomacy and Global Governance; International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law, and Contemporary Geopolitics. He is committed in many academic societies and associations, and currently leads the African Initiative of the ISA’s Global South Caucus. Dr. DEGILA is conducting currently a research on the place of African States in the contemporary global governance, with a focus on multilateral especially UN system.
Chika Ezeanya – University of Rwanda, Rwanda
Chika Ezeanya is a researcher, author, essayist, teacher and public intellectual whose works focus on Africa’s advancement. She holds a Ph.D. in African (Development and Policy) Studies from Howard University in Washington D.C. and has worked as a World Bank consultant out of the head office in Washington D.C., in Rwanda and in Nigeria. The core of Chika’s research, teaching and writing center on the need for Africa to chart an authentic path to advancement based on indigenous knowledge and home-grown strategies. She is also interested in education, of the kind that can generate personal and societal transformation across Africa and herald an era of widespread innovation. Chika is currently affiliated with the University of Rwanda. She blogs at www.chikaforafrica.com.
Laura Freeman – University of Cape Town, South Africa
Laura Freeman is a PhD candidate in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her doctoral research focuses on understanding minority group aggression in war – namely the Banyamulenge of eastern DRC. Laura is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town, where she has lectured on conflict and political theory. She is also a research associate at the Safety and Violence Iniative (SaVI), where she is examining rebel behaviour in Africa. Her other interests include: humanitarian aid; international political economy; transitional justice; and teaching at tertiary institutions in developing countries.
Diana Greenwald – University of Michigan, USA
Diana Greenwald is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she focuses on the politics of revenue mobilization in transitional settings, including new states, aspiring states, and conflict/post-conflict states. She has conducted research in the Palestinian Territories, and has also spent time in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco. Diana is the founder and graduate student coordinator of the Workshop on Modern Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan. She was a 2010-2011 Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Student Fellow. Prior to coming to Michigan, Diana was a Research Assistant for the Middle East Youth Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Diana graduated from Georgetown University (B.A. 2006, Magna Cum Laude) where she majored in Government and minored in Arabic and Studio Art.
Osaretin Idahosa – University of Benin, Nigeria
Dr. Osaretin Idahosa holds a Ph.D degree in International Relations and teaches courses in the said discipline and Political Science in the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. His major interest is in African Government and Politics, Religion and Politics, Theory of Extremism and Strategic International Relations. Also, he is interested in cross-fertilisation of ideas and research findings with academics who might be working in similar relevant areas of academic interests.
Michael Jana – University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Malawi
Michael Jana is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Studies at University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a Lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at University of Malawi, Chancellor College. He has been doing research and teaching Political Science courses at both Universities of Malawi and Witwatersrand since 2005. His research area of interest is Political Sociology especially the relationship between the representative state institutions and the people.
Marc Kalina – University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Marc Kalina is a PhD student with the School of BUilt Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. His research interests focus on development and environmental issues surrounding large scale infrastructure provision in developing nations. For his dissertation he is examining environmental governance and public participation processes associated with the Nacala Corridor, a multi-dimensional transport network in Northern Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. At the moment he is in the midst of organising and conducting ongoing field-work in and around Nampula, Mozambique and is expected to submit his dissertation in early 2015. He is currently based in South Africa where he is a contractor researcher for the City of Durban. He also splits time in Maputo, Mozambique where he holds the post of Research Associate at Eduardo Mondlane University’s Centre for Policy Analysis. Mr. Kalina also has extensive research and professional experience in East and Southeast Asia where he has lived and worked.
Itumeleng Makgetla – Yale University, USA
Tumi is a second year PhD doctoral student at Yale University. She is interested in state institutions, democracy, accountability and political economy. She is particularly interested in the politics of youth unemployment. Tumi holds degrees from Harvard and Oxford Universities and has worked at the Mail & Guardian, Innovations for Successful Societies (Princeton) and Economic Development Department in the national government of South Africa. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Celso Marcos Monjane – Instituto Superior de Administração Pública
Celso Marcos Monjane is a lecturer at Higher Institute of Public Administration (ISAP). He received his Post Graduation in “Governance and Public Administration” from Eduardo Mondlane University. In addition to teaching, his experience at ISAP includes works in capacity building programs of high ranked government officials and bureaucrats at street level. Self-compromised in sharing his academic views, Celso has been engaged in publications of his theoretical and empirical claims. His recent publications include “Gender Equality: where does the rhetoric begins and when it turns into reality (2014)” and “Human Resource Management Book: A conceptual and Practical Approach” (2014). Additionally, mostly working in the Political Economy field, he has been engaged in research activities where the current research is on “distributive politics”, with focus on extractive industry. Associated with this, there’s an increasing interest in research about economic linkages, mainly when foreign investments are at stake. By the fact of being an apologist of high ethical standards and feel comfortable in all variety of social and professional environments, he has successfully collaborated with MAP Consulting, a respected Governance, Development and Management Consulting firm, where researches and consultancies activities has been undertaken.
Janet Monisola Oluwaleye – Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria
I am Janet Monisola Oluwaleye, a PhD student from the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. I was born on November 6, 1967. I hold a Bachelor degree in Political Science, 1991 and Master’s degree in International Relations, 2004. I am still on my PhD programme. The title of my thesis is “Good governance and service delivery at the grassroots level: a case of Ekiti State, Nigeria, 1996-2012.” Presently, I am an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science of Ekiti State University. I have 5 journal articles, 3 in prints and 2 already accepted for publication. I am happily married with 4 children.
Xichavo Alecia Ndlovu – University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Alecia Ndlovu is a PhD candidate in international relations and a Wits-Carnegie Global Change Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She holds a BA in international relations and applied economics and an MA (Cum Laude) in international relations. Her main research interests are in the political economy of African development and quantitative research methods. During her MA studies, she undertook a research internship at the South African Institute of International Affairs as part of her scholarship commitments and an exchange program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. In addition to her academic interests, Alecia served as a mentor for the DreamGirls International Outreach and Mentoring Program, which aims to promote the enrollment and success of young women from disadvantaged high schools and communities in institutions of higher learning. She is passionate and dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, and a firm believer in the efficacy of education as the cornerstone for human capacity development in African societies.
Chiedo Nwankwor – University of Delaware, USA
Chiedo Nwankwor is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Delaware. Her research interests are in the area of political representation and women and politics, gender studies, health and governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Her ongoing dissertation project looks at the relationship between the increasing inclusion of women in national cabinets and women’s welfare across sub-Saharan Africa.
Maryam Quadri – University of Lagos, Nigeria
Maryam Quadri obtained her Ph. from Department of Political Science, University of Lagos with specialization in Public Administration and Public Policy in 2012. she presently lectures in the same Department. Her areas of research interests are policy analysis, public health, gender, youth and poverty studies. Maryam was on exchange programme as a Visiting Scholar to Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Georgia United states in 2011, a Commonwealth Fellow at University of Roehampton, London United Kingdom in 2012. Some of our recent publications invlude: Quadri, M.O (2008a) “Their Programs, Our Programs: Poverty Reduction Strategy In Africa” in Itibari M. Zulu and A. Aderemi (eds) Global Peace Leadership Summit 2007: Africa and the Diaspora. California. Africa Diaspora Foundation. pp 147-166. Quadri M.O (2008b) “From Adminisration to Management: the States and Public Sector Performance in Nigeria” International Review of Politics and Development IRPAD, Vol 6, No 2. Quadri M,O (2010) “Youth and Poverty in Nigeria: Defining an Agenda for Development. Legislative Practice Review. Nigerian Journal of Law, Practice and Proceedures of Legslature. Vol 2 No 2 pp 62-75.Quadri M.O (2011) “Sexuality and Women’s Vulnerability: Interogating how Culture and Ideology Reinforce Relations of Subordination” in Alao A. (ed) Politics, Culture and Development in Nigeria. A Festschrift for Gabriel Olatunde Babawale. Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC). Lagos. Pp 312-322. Quadri M.O (2013) Public Health System and Service Delivery in Nigeria: the Policy Initiatives. Journal of Society Development and Public Health (JSDPH). Vol 1 No 4 pp 78-102. On-going research includes: “Social Protection Policies and Politics of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCTs) A Study of Ekiti State in Nigeria” and “Gender and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): the Cultural Dimension of Achieving Developmental Goals in Nigeria.” Maryam is married with children.
Rachel Sigman – Syracuse University, USA
Rachel Sigman is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs. Her research examines the varying ways that democratization affects the state’s capacity to formulate and implement development policies. She is currently conducting field research in Benin and Ghana, where she is collecting a variety of qualitative and quantitative data on the effects of party politics on bureaucratic capacity at both elite and public manager levels. Rachel has also worked on projects addressing broader questions related to the conceptualization and measurement of state capacity. Prior to graduate school, Rachel worked as a Field Director in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. She received a Fulbright grant to study decentralization and the implementation of environmental programs in Madagascar and managed a community needs assessment survey for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
Erika Thomas – University of Namibia, Namibia
I am Erika Thomas, from Namibia. I am a lecturer at the University of Namibia. I am teaching Politics and Public Policy. I did my Master degree with the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Holland. I am currently a PhD candidate at the same Institute in The Hague. My interest lies with gender issues and so on. My PhD thesis is about Women in African Legislatures: A Comparative Case Study of Botswana and Namibia. My study will deliberate on national level, because that is where the necessary interventions can be initiated. That’s why I do concur with Jonathan Wolff, (2006), who says: “We do not say that a man who shows no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business, we say that he has no business here at all.” I am well-organised person who is able to work independently and do not hesitate to take initiative when necessary. I experience the challenges of higher education. I have been teaching at undergraduate level for the last +six years now. Additionally, I lecture and tutor at local government and politics at the Namibian Open College. I am a good communicator and a good listener. On the other hand, I am open easy to talk to. My students enjoy my classes because they indicated it in the evaluation form.