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Transcript of African Enlightenment
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Of the Ages
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What is Enlightenment
Philosophical & Strategic pitches in African Enlightenment
Challenges to African Enlightenment
a naïve realism
neglect of analysis
Global players - IMF, WB
States are in constant flux
The intelligentsia and non-African thinking: Donors dominance of the debate
Because there is always a tendency to find a solution that is smart, simple, and immoral to every human problem in Africa, states tend to have a linear way of thinking that is inadequate to unravel the many complex inter-relationships underlying enlightenment.
It is neither popular nor scientific
Effective states and engaged societies
Purpose in life is the
"Plato to Marx"
COMPOSING AN AFRICAN ENLIGHTENMENT
The philosophical entrenchment of an African renaissance,
Culture, arts and music,
Education for critical thinking,
Women’s equality, and empowerment,
Paradigmatic shifts on the role of rules and institutions towards an era of new public management for an African enlightenment.
Freedom from Fear
Freedom from Want
Communities of Practice
Government, armed forces, parties
Academia think thanks
Human rights institutions
Development Of Tools
National, State and Local EAC Strategic Plans
Partnership mechanisms at all levels
Human, social, political and financial capital management
Genesis of state crises: The state is not really the assumed quintessential public institution a 'res publicae'.
Cultural democracy inspires a vision of humanity. Each being is as complex and fascinating as the multiple factors and influences, which have shaped identities.
Africa has folklore, legends, and narratives (Renaissance expressionism) through which its people invest their history with meaning and value that have been subjected to ‘materialist’ criticism
Democratic citizenship and legal empowerment
Education for critical thinking: Irrupting into History
Shifting concepts ofscholarship
Paradigmatic shifts towards an African enlightenment
Enlightenment requires a plural set of organisations that promote and protect rules of peaceful participation and competition. Enlightenment institutions ensure intellectual curiosity
Realms of Enlightenment
Are all ideas and values allowed to contend?
Do the views and perspectives of other groups in society have a significant and legitimate place in enlightenment processes?
BT Costantinos, PhD
AU Board Chair on the African Union Convention to Prevent and Combat Corruption
Professor of Public Policy,
School of Graduate Studies, AAU
Democracy, Rule of Law
Human rights organs