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Title:From freedom to empowerment: ten years of democratisation in Malawi: proceedings of the conference held from 4th to 6th June 2003 at Capital Hotel, Lilongwe
Editors:Immink, BodoISNI
Ott, Nicola
Publisher:Forum for Dialogue and Peace
Geographic term:Malawi
political change
economic development
citizenship education
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Abstract:To mark the tenth anniversary of Malawi's transition to democracy, the Forum for Dialogue and Peace, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Malawi-German Programme for Democracy and Decentralization, and the National Initiative for Civic Education together organized a conference to debate a variety of themes relevant to the development of the multiparty and democratic dispensation in the new Malawi (Lilongwe, 2-4 June 2003). The first section of opening speeches is followed by a section entitled 'What we fought for: personal views', in which Brown Chimphamba, Mary Nyandovi-Kerr and Vera M. Chirwa reflect on the experiences of Malawians who were involved in the political changes from 1992 on. The third section contains regional and comparative perspectives on democratization (Willie Breytenbach, Francis B. Nyamnjoh). Subsequent sections deal with democratization and economic empowerment (Khwima Nthara, Marty Otaņez), decentralization and empowerment (Luckie Kanyamula Sikwese, S.J. Situsi Nkhoma), human rights and conflicts (A.S.E. Msosa on the use and abuse of the Constitution, Lot Thauzeni Pansipandana Dzonzi on the Malawi police reform), and civic education and popular views on democracy (Harri Englund, Al Mtenje). During a debate on the final morning of the conference, the political parties represented in parliament aired their perspectives on ten years' democracy in Malawi. The paper from the Malawi Congress Party is included in the publication. [ASC Leiden abstract]