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Monday, March 27, 2017
CIIR events examine 'roadmaps to democracy'
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¬†The Catholic Institute for International Relations AGM today will look at how local partners are helping the democratic process in Somaliland and the Dominican Republic. Coinciding with the UK's local democracy week from 13 to 19 October, the AGM will be a good opportunity to look at areas of the world where local democracy has been effective. Somaliland's director general for the Ministry of Family Affairs and Social Development, Amran Ali H Mahmoud, will address the AGM, explaining her country's path to democracy and the role of women in the process. She is also a part of the Somaliland Women,s Political Forum. The second AGM speaker is Jorge Cela, an ordained priest in the Society of Jesus who works with the Fundaciůn Juan Montalvo, a Jesuit Study Centre in the Dominican Republic. Cela has been helping civil society groups to participate in local democracy, coordinating a number of committees including the Consultative Council of Civil Society for the Social Cabinet of the Dominican Republic. He has been an influential figure in promoting fair governmental practices in the Dominican Republic, including public campaigns and educational efforts against violence. He will also talk on the link between fair governmental practices and development. BBC journalist Dennis Sewell will chair the AGM, which starts at 6pm at the St Bride Institute, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London. The discussion will take place after the formal AGM, and will be followed by food and drinks. On 20 October, CIIR will be holding a full day seminar on the theme of 'Roadmaps to Democracy' analysing in more detail the issues raised at the AGM. The seminar will be chaired by international journalist John Crabtree and will include the AGM speakers and Niall Cooper, who has been national coordinator of Church Action on Poverty (CAP) since 1997. CAP works with the poor to tackle issues of poverty, debt and exclusion in the UK. Through CAP, Cooper has tried to address non-participation of poor people in local and national democracy, and the tensions between representative and participatory democracy. The seminar will take place at the Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, St Ethelburga,s, 78 Bishopsgate, London, from 10am on Monday 20 October. Tickets are £10, including lunch. For more details visit:
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