WHEN

July 13 - 27, 2020

WHERE

Online

SOCIAL

#AfricanCommons

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Welcome

IASC 2020 Web Conference
on African Commons

We aim to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on the governance of shared resources in Africa. A web conference is more inclusive, has lower costs, and a smaller carbon footprint than traditional meetings. With this web conference, we hope to get broad exposure to the research done in Africa by African scholars and scholars abroad. The discourse during the conference seeks to improve governance and management of shared resources and create sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resources.

In a world dominated by multiple crises, from pandemics and climate change to economic depression and political polarization, it is essential to keep a constructive fact-based conversation going. This conference provides a platform for scholars and practitioners to discuss the future of African commons.

Presentations and panels are in English or French. The conference is spread out over a 2-week period providing enough time to engage with prerecorded videos and participate in selected live streaming events.

The conference is free to attend, but if you want to give a presentation or comment on presentations you need to be an IASC member. Limited resources are available to sponsor memberships of African participants who give presentations. We also appreciate contributions to the Esther Mwangi memorial scholarship fund to support African scholars on their actionable research on the commons.

Online Conference

No hassle, costs, or carbon emissions from traveling. Attend the entire conference safely from home.

Two Weeks

Watch video presentations and comment at your pace. Seven live events spread over the 2-week period.

Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events (English and French). 

Meet some of OUR

Speakers, Discussants,
and Organizers

Kuassi Deckon

Professor at the University of Lomé, Togo, and an expert in higher education and business law

Keynote Speaker

Barbara van Koppen

Principal Researcher at the International Water Management Institute in South Africa

Keynote Speaker

Dimuna Phiri Simpaya

Researcher and Master of Laws in Jurisprudence candidate, Medici Land Governance, Zambia

Webinar Panel

Cyriaque Hakizimana

Researcher and PhD candidate, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

Webinar Panel

Issa Shivji

Retired Professor of Public Law, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Webinar Panel

Kojo Amanor

Professor of anthropology at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon

Webinar Panel

James Murombedzi

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Webinar Panel

Jesse Ribot

Professor School of International Service at American University

Webinar Panel

Stéphanie Leyronas

Research Director, Commons Program, French Development Agency (France)

Webinar Panel

Arun Agrawal

Editor-in-Chief of World Development

Webinar Panel

Natacha Bruna

Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Webinar Panel

Faustina Obeng Adomaa

Researcher and Ph.D. Candidate, Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands)

Webinar Panel

Emeline Baudet

Researcher, French Development Agency (France)

Webinar Panel

Koffi Alinon

Researcher, Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

Organizer

Fortunee Bayisenge

Lecturer, researcher, and Dean of the Faculty of Development Studies at The Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), Butare, Rwanda

Webinar Panel

Moenieba Isaacs

Professor with the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of Western Cape

Webinar Panel

Mafinso Hara

Deputy Director & Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

Webinar Panel

Stephane Baudé

Project Director, Nomadéis (France)

Webinar Panel

Ruth Hall

Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

Webinar Panel

Menelisi Falayi

PhD. Candidate, Rhodes University, South Africa

Webinar Panel

Sigrid Aubert

Law researcher, Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) France

Panéliste Webinaire

Michael Schoon

Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Commons (USA)

Webinar Panel

Marco Janssen

IASC President, Editor-in-Chief of Ecology & Society

Organizer and Webinar Panel

Dzodzi Tsikata

Professor at the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research at the University of Ghana

Webinar Panel

Everisto Mapedza

Senior researcher / social and institutional scientist, International Water Management Institute (Ghana)

Organizer

Preliminary

Program

KEYNOTES

Available during entire conference

Video Presentation (French) — "Local conventions in the Land and State Code of Togo: an instrument for the management of local common goods"

Kuassi Beckon
Associate Law Professor, University of Lomé, Togo

Available during entire conference

Video Presentation (English) — "Hybrid water law in Africa: the customary commons in the decolonization of water permit systems"

Barbara van Koppen
Principal Researcher on Poverty, Gender, and Water at the International Water Management Institute, Pretoria, South Africa

LIVE EVENTS

July 13, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT

Webinar panel (English)— "Africa, Covid-19, and the commons"

The panelists are James Murombedzi, UNECA, Mafaniso Hara, PLAAS, Ruth Hall, PLAAS, and Jesse Ribot, American University

Add to Calendar 07/13/2020 03:00 PM 07/13/2020 04:00 PM Africa/Accra Webinar: Africa, Covid-19, and the commons African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

July 15, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT

Networking event (English)

Join this networking event that allows you to strengthen professional and personal connections, meet future collaborators, and expand your professional network. Take advantage of this opportunity to broaden the circle of mentors and peers you can reach out to for advice and resources year-round.

Add to Calendar 07/15/2020 03:00 PM 07/15/2020 04:00 PM Africa/Accra Networking event (English) African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

July 17, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT

Webinar panel (English) — "Destinies of African Commons in the Context of Highly Contested Rural Futures in Africa"

The Panelists are Cyriaque Hakizimana, PLAAS, Dimuna Phiri Simpaya, Medici Land Governance, Fortunee Bayisenge, PIASS, Faustina Obeng Adomaa, Wageningen University , Natacha Bruna, SSII

Add to Calendar 07/17/2020 03:00 PM 07/17/2020 04:00 PM Africa/Accra Webinar panel African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

July 20, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT

Webinar panel (French) — “When public authorities build and support commons approaches”

The panelists are Stéphanie Leyronas, AFD, Sigrid Aubert, CIRAD, Emeline Baudet, AFD, and Stéphane Baudé, Nomadéis

Add to Calendar 07/20/2020 03:00 PM 07/20/2020 04:00 PM Africa/Accra Webinar panel (French): When the public authorities build and support common approaches African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

July 22, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT

Networking event (French)

Join this networking event that allows you to strengthen professional and personal connections, meet future collaborators, and expand your professional network. Take advantage of this opportunity to broaden the circle of mentors and peers you can reach out to for advice and resources year-round.

Add to Calendar 07/22/2020 03:00 PM 07/22/2020 04:00 PM Africa/Accra Networking event (French) African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

July 24, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT

Webinar panel (English) — "Struggles for the African Commons: Building an Agenda for Engaged Scholarship"

Hosts: Moenieba Isaacs, PLAAS, and Ruth Hall, PLAAS
Panelists: Issa Shivji, Kojo Amanor, University of Ghana, Dzodzi Tsikata, University of Ghana, and Moenieba Isaacs, PLAAS

Add to Calendar 07/24/2020 03:00 PM 07/24/2020 04:00 PM Africa/Accra Webinar panel African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

July 27, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT

Closing Webinar Panel (English) — “How to get published on African Commons”

Moderator: Menelisi Falayi, Rhodes University, South Africa
Panelists: Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan, Marco Janssen, Arizona State University, and Michael Schoon, Arizona State University

Add to Calendar 07/27/2020 03:00 PM 07/27/2020 04:00 PM Africa/Accra Closing Webinar Panel: How to get published on African Common African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

Available during entire conference

Over 70 Submissions have been accepted for video presentations.

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