FUTURE AFRICA FORUM  |  Podcast , ±25 min episodes every 6 weeks, 6 days  | 
This series is hosted by Muna Ngenda on behalf of Future Africa Forum, and he explores Governance issues across the African continent with fellow young African thought-leaders who are engaged in the Governance space along with non-traditional players.

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The Future of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

In this episode, we will be discussing the current race for Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and consider what it means for Africa. With the WTO at a crossroad, we will examine how a new DG could usher in reform of the organisation and potentially lead to a "reset" of the multilateral trading system. With this in mind, we will also touch on Africa's participation at the WTO and look at some of the challenges these countries face within the organisation.

Civic Engagement

In the final episode of our governance series, the contributors discuss "civic engagement". We address the apparent disconnect between policy makers and citizens, and explore what both sides can do to open and improve the lines of communication between them. We discuss how a legal framework for public input is necessary but not sufficient, and identify positive examples of public consultation. Most importantly, we distinguish between procedural and substantive democracy.

Civil Freedoms

Episode 3 of our Governance series podcast covers freedoms of expression, media and association. We look at the colonial legacy of laws in policing and public order, and put forward suggestions for effective organisation and mobilising in somewhat closed environments.

Checks and Balances

In the second episode of our Governance series podcast, we discuss 'Checks and Balances' in African governments. We unpack the trend of power concentrating in presidencies, and look at the implications for the separation of powers and public accountability. We discuss what can be done to move toward independent and inclusive institutions.


In our first Governance series podcast episode we discuss 'Elections' on the African continent, in this conversation we critically examine current systems and approaches to elections, as well as take a forward looking approach where we consider alternatives and modifactions to current systems.

9 episodes