CUIMPB autumn course on Africa, a security and development.

DEVELOPMENT - Nov 10, 2009

CIDOB sponsored the course Insecurity and development: the future of Africa's chronic crisis, which was held on 28-29 October at CCCB. Directed by Albert Roca, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Lleida, different experts presented their reflections and case studies and engaged in a debate with the audience on certain aspects of African society linked with insecurity and the uncertainty in which the continent lives on an almost permanent basis, and which prevents it from making progress. Likewise, speakers questioned the model of universal development that international and private cooperation agencies are trying to impose.

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CIDOB sponsored the course Insecurity and development: the future of Africa's chronic crisis, which was held on 28-29 October at CCCB. Directed by Albert Roca, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Lleida, different experts presented their reflections and case studies and engaged in a debate with the audience on certain aspects of African society linked with insecurity and the uncertainty in which the continent lives on an almost permanent basis, and which prevents it from making progress. Likewise, speakers questioned the model of universal development that international and private cooperation agencies are trying to impose.

Among the speakers on this course, Vie de Dieu N'Goko Zenguet, from the University of the Basque country and Albert Roca, spoke about health, health services and the conditions in which they are implemented on the continent. Marina Temudo, from the Instituto de Investigaçao Científica Tropical of Lisbon (IICT) and Lourdes Benavides, from the African Studies Group (GEA) of the Autonomous University of Madrid, spoke about food risks and analyzed their determining factors for the cases of Guinea-Bissau and Niger, respectively.

During the following day, Alexandra Dias, from the African Studies Center (CEA)-ISCTE of Lisbon, and Oscar Mateos, from the Escola Cultura de la Pau (Autonomous University of Barcelona), analyzed the situation of insecurity in Somalia and Sierra Leona, respectively, highlighting the huge difficulties that they impose on the achieving of substantial improvements in terms of well-being. Finally, Laurent Berger, from the Musée Quai Branly of Paris and Berta Mendiguren, from the Observatory of African Societies (ARDA) of the University of Barcelona, showed the role played by the new actors that have emerged with globalization and the emigrants on the African continent.

>> Information on the course on the CUIMPB website

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