This panel discussion was held at WARC on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015.
Fonction Publique Locale : Une contribution concrète autour de l’Acte 3 de la Décentralisation by Mayacine Diagne
Book Presentation at WARC
(Presses Universitaires Gaston Berger, Saint Louis, 2013)
The author, Mayacine Diagne, is professor of public law at Université Gaston Berger, Saint Louis, Senegal. For several years he also served as Cabin
Since independence, and more particularly with President Abdou Diouf, efforts have been made by the central government to devolve decision-making processes to local governments in the various regions, urban, and rural communities in the country. This resulted in the addition of rural communities to the already existing rural municipalities.
But, according to Professor Mayacine Diagne and many other specialists on the question who attended the November 12th event at WARC, there
are many other decisions to be made before rural communities exercise full control over their operations. One of such landmark decision would involve creating a local civil service with the various employees in such sectors as health, education, agriculture, and the environment to be made answerable to local authorities rather than to the central government as is presently the case.
The book was published and launched at a very propitious time, as the Senegalese government is about to initiate the third step of the decentralisation exercise with the aim of further empowering local communities and turning rural communities into municipalities.
The ceremony was well attended by an audience numbering 51 people, including experts on such issues as well as senior officials working in various government ministries, researchers and the larger public.
Fatou Sarr Sow keynote speaker
Fatou Sarr Sow, Sociologist and Director of the Gender Laboratory of IFAN in Dakar, Senegal, was the featured speaker at this year’s Boston Pan African Forum annual reception. The event took place at the University of Massachusetts – Boston campus on Friday, October 25, and was co-sponsored by the West African Research Association.
Mrs. Sarr’s address explored the tradition of women’s leadership in Africa. She argued that, rather than being a western import, women’s leadership has historically been an important feature of many African societies. Male-centered models of governance are largely an artifact of patriarchal models imposed by European powers in the colonial era.
This historical long view undergirds Ms. Sarr Sow’s advocacy for women’s participation in contemporary government. In addition to being an accomplished scholar, she is an active member of civil society and is well-known for her work in the fight for gender parity in the Senegalese national assembly. Gender parity, which is now a legal requirement in Senegal, mandates that women and men have an equal number of seats in the National Assembly. Her recent book, La 12e Législature au Sénégal: Les premières héritières de la loi sur la parité (The 12th Legislature of Senegal: The first heirs of gender parity), is a collection of profiles for each of each of the current women parliamentarians. The book, authored by Ms. Sarr Sow on behalf of the Women’s Caucus for Gender Parity in Senegal, was presented at WARC this past September.
Ms. Sarr Sow’s talk included a lively question and answer session and was followed by dinner with music and dancing.
The Giving Common Challenge has passed.
Last year WARA participated in the Boston Foundation Giving Common Challenge. We raised over $7000 in memberships and donations to support the organization.