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Correcting what is bad, improving what is good? A citizenry’s perspective on governance in Angola

The report Correcting what is bad, improving what is good? A citizenry’s perspective on governance in Angolais available now, in Portuguese. The document is the result of the research project “Monitoring governance in Angola: From 2017 elections to governmental action”, funded by Open Society–Angola. Published in two volumes, this study includes a critical outlook of post-independence electoral processes in Angola and the findings regarding citizenry’s expectations and assessments regarding the new government that took office after the 2017 general elections. Unveiling a generalized criticism, the key findings point out to how mistrust towards the political regime dominated by the ruling party (Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola, MPLA) is fueling social discontent, mainly amongst the youth. They also reveal how social discontent is intrinsically articulated in terms of democratic and social justice aspirations.

Besides a deep historical overview of Angolan political processes, the research was organized in three main phases. The first one consisted in a pre-electoral national survey. In the second phase, a new national survey monitored citizens’ positionings regarding the first six months of the new executive. Finally, a final national survey was held when the new Angolan executive completed the first year of its mandate. Data show that the hegemony of MPLA is being deeply criticized and questioned. For a significant part of Angolans, 45 years of the same ruling party is the key obstacle for change; until then, change will apparently remain an illusion.

Coordinated by the Social Sciences and Humanities LAB, the project was conducted by a multidisciplinary research team, encompassing the School of Economics of the Catholic University of Angola as well as the Angolan Electoral Observatory. More than 30 community based civic organizations throughout the country have participated in this project and their contribution has been immensely valuable, representing thus a step further in the quest for collective processes of knowledge production.

Authors are Catarina Antunes Gomes and Cesaltina Abreu, LAB Coordinators. Mrs. Gomes is also Deputy Director, Research and Development, at PAZSOS. We congratulate her, her team, and her LAB, for this achievement.

For more details, visit: http://www.ucan.edu/www14/index.php

Laurent Corbeil, PhD.
Chairman of the Board of Directors

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The fight for diversity and inclusion begins at home

The Transnational Laboratory for Sustainable Peace (PAZSOS), or “Sustainable Peace”, joined rencently the “50-30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage”. Organized by the Government of Canada, business and diversity organizations, this initiative seeks to improve the access for racialized persons, people who identify as LGBTQ2, people living with disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, to positions of influence and leadership on corporate boards and in senior management.

In this context, we aspire to achieve: (a) gender parity (50 %) in our Board of Directors (BOD) and in our Executive Committee (EXCO); (b) significant representation (30 %) of diversity groups in our BOD and EXCO.

We are a non-profit, non-governmental, independent, and multidisciplinary organisation based in Montreal, Canada, that works on issues related to peace and violence. We work for individual and collective empowerment regardless of one’s religion, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or place of residence, in order to reinforce each individual’s ability to act for a positive change in their immediate surroundings.

For more information, visit: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/07706.html

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For a sustainable change, where human beings are priority

Following its official establishment on September 23, 2020, the Transnational Laboratory for Sustainable Peace (PAZSOS, for its Spanish Acronym) held online the first meeting of its board of directors on October 17, 2020. Participants unanimously confirmed the following nominations: (1) Laurent Corbeil, Allan Cain and Helen Faradji were respectively named President, Secretary, and Treasurer of PAZSOS’ Board of Directors (BOD); (2) Fernando A. Chinchilla, Catarina Antunes Gomes et Luis Rodas Calderón were respectively named General Director of PAZSOS, Deputy-Director to Research and Development, and Coordinator to Facilitation of Creative and Participative Dynamics; (3) Aurélie Mont-Raynaud was named appointed juridical advisor. All nominations took effect immediately.

The Transnational Laboratory for Sustainable Peace, or Sustainable Peace, is a non-profit, non-governmental, independent, and multidisciplinary organisation based in Montreal, Canada, that works on issues related to peace and violence. We are Think Tank, an advocacy group, a professional association, and a specialized consultation group. We work for individual and collective empowerment regardless of one’s religion, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or place of residence, in order to reinforce each individual’s ability to act for a positive change in their immediate surroundings.

Laurent Corbeil, PhD.
Chairman of the Board of Directors