Country meeting: A new era? Understanding Zimbabwe’s transition

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Following the historical developments in November 2017, Mugabe’s 37 year long rule in Zimbabwe ended with his resignation.

Since his installation as Mugabe’s successor, President Mnangagwa has raised hopes for the ‘new Zimbabwe’ by advocating for policy reforms that should address Zimbabwe’s economic crisis, gaining domestic and international support. At the same time, the extent to which Mnangagwa and Zanu PF are willing to implement democratic reforms is questioned, especially in light of the upcoming elections.

To better understand the current transition, leading Zimbabwean political scientist Eldred Masunungure (to be confirmed) will outline the recent developments, provide an assessment of the changes, and consider the outlook for the elections later this year.

An expert panel will then further discuss post-Mugabe Zimbabwe and the prospects for economic and democratic reforms and the possible role of the Netherlands and the EU.

Prof. Eldred Masunungure is one of Zimbabwe’s leading political scientists working at the University of Zimbabwe. He is also the director of the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI)

Judith Sargentini (to be confirmed) is a Member of the European Parliament on behalf of GroenLinks

Emma Beelaerts van Blokland is the Zimbabwe desk officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Blessing Gorejena (to be confirmed) is the director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, a network of over 20 Zimbabwean human rights organisations.

Preliminary programme
15:00 Doors open
15:20 Word of welcome by Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald, Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden
15:30 Key note lecture
16:00 Introductions by panel members
16:15 Panel discussion, moderated by Shaun Matsheza
16:45 Q&A session with the public
17:15 Drinks


Date, time and location

01 March 2018
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 1A20