Apr 21 2014 - Apr 24 2014

Pretoria, South Africa

This 4-day conference is being hosted "to interrogate the interconnectedness between religion, democracy, and civil society; its impact on accountable leadership and sustainability in Africa." Organised by the University of South Africa (UNISA), the conference will explore how and to what extent African religious traditions and spiritualties relate to and influence accountability and good governance. This will include exploring how such issues as religion, spirituality, democracy, leadership, social capital, public engagement, poverty, corruption, and transparency are all interconnected. The conference is intended to build synergies and encourage dialogue around how religious/spiritual communities in Africa and the African diaspora can combat poverty and foster good governance, accountable leadership, and financial sustainability.

According to UNISA, "public commentators often criticize political entrepreneurs and African states of their failure to develop an ethic of public probity and accountability, partly exemplified by corruption." The conference will provide "a platform for scholars/researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to explore, through historical and contemporary perspectives, how authority structures, institutionalised myths, beliefs, and rituals of authority differently mobilise and influence members' behaviour and attitudes towards financial probity and organisational policies."

The programme will focus on the following and related sub-themes:

  • Corruption and financial sustainability
  • Religious polity
  • Leadership and intimate spaces
  • Women, gender, and leadership
  • Youth and leadership
  • Democracy, non-governmental organisations, and faith based organisations
  • Participatory democracy
  • Religion and politics
  • Religion and development
  • Ecological sustainability
  • Religion, constitutionalism, and secularism
  • Leadership, violent conflict, peace, and reconciliation
  • Religion, health, and sustainable development
  • Religion, media, and leadership

Registration information:

Registration fees range from USD100 to USD200.

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