Debate – Defending Democracy: ‘Institutions and the People’

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Date(s) - 07/05/2017
15:00 - 18:30

Women's Gaol, Constitution Hill


Democracy Works Foundation, in partnership with Social Surveys Africa, invites you to a discussion on “Defending Democracy – Institutions and the People.”

Dr Reuben E. Brigety, Dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University and former US Ambassador to the AU, will be in conversation with Siphokazi Mthathi, Director of Oxfam South Africa and Heather Sonn Pather, Managing Director of Gamiro Investments. Moderated by Busi Dlamini, Democracy Works Director.

After several decades in which Democracy was considered a relatively unquestioned and largely functional ‘good’ in many countries of the world, it is now increasingly contested in those same spaces. There are deep-seated disagreements about who or what is to be resisted or defended; and few spaces in which people with a diversity of views can debate constructively to build new narratives and networks.

Please join us in conversation with stakeholders in civil society, business, diplomacy, community, media and government to make sense of the current context and to collectively envisage a shared future for all.

The debate shall be followed by a reception. Seats are limited. Please RSVP by COB, 5 May to



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