Since the end of the Cold War more than two decades ago the international donor community has been trying to promote democratic systems of governance in developing countries. This task has proved more difficult than anticipated. It has been equally difficult to evaluate and measure the effects of donor interventions to that end. What governance trends are currently observable in sub-Saharan Africa? Is progress being made or do African states slide back into autocracy?

Professor Gordon Crawford is director of the Centre for Global Development at the University of Leeds and co-editor of the journal Democratization. He has published the book Foreign Aid and Political Reform: A Comparative Analysis of Democracy Assistance and Political Conditionality.

Date: October 13, 13:00-15:00

Venue: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31