2018 Programme

Annual Democracy Forum 2018

27 November 2018
NIPAM, Windhoek, Namibia
Inclusive Democracy for Sustainable Development: An investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Democracy

2018 Annual Democracy Forum programme



27 -28 November 2018

NIPAM, Windhoek, Namibia




Monday, 26 NOVEMBER 2018

14:00 – 17:00


 Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

 08:00 – 08:30



08:30 – 10:30


Director of Ceremony: Dr Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Namibia

1.  National and AU Anthems

2. Welcome Statements:

a) Deputy Minister of MIRCO

b) Secretary-General  of International IDEA

3. Keynote Speech by Hon. Prof Peter Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly 

4. Performance by Cultural Group

5. Messages of Goodwill from Representatives of International IDEA Member States


10:30 – 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break









11:00 – 13:00


Participants will discuss specific measures, strategies and instruments utilized (utilization of democratic governance structures (including traditional and religious structures, utilizing media for successful advocacy for achieving the set objectives. At the end of the panel discussion, the participants will identify successful methods and strategies to ensure inclusion of specific marginalized group in decision-making settings and governance structures


ROUNDTABLE ONE: The conceptual and legal basis for inclusive democracy and integration/mainstreaming of marginalized groups in society.

Namibia’s chosen themes of promoting inclusivity to enhance gender equality by ensuring that women candidates are nominated and elected to public office, the empowerment of the youth, and the integration of marginalized minority groups in the national development process is in line with International IDEA’s vision of democracy, which states that the principle of inclusive participation is a basic right and an important dimension of democracy.


TOPICS: Participants will discuss the following topics:

  • International and national protection mechanism that can be utilized and the implementation of internationally agreed human rights standards and mechanisms together with the special measures that are often necessary to protect and promote the rights of marginalized groups in society;
  • The key tenets democratic principles of effective public participation by marginalized or minority groups;
  • Who do we mean when speaking about marginalized communities?
  • What is the role of marginalized communities in the evolution, process and termination of conflicts?
  • How can the international community improve its response to marginalization?

1. Hon. Royal /Ui/o/oo, Office of the Vice President: Marginalised Affairs 

2. Dr. Cynthy Ya Otto, Lecturer, UNAM 

3. Prof Adebayo Olukoshi, Director, Africa and West Asia region, International IDEA 

4.  Prof Alinah K. Segobye, Dean of Faculty, NUST

5.  Prof Gilbert Khadiagala, Wits University 

6. Mr Petter Skjaeveland, IDEA Member State Representative for Norway

Moderator: Mr. Michael Mutonga, Former Director, NPC


13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00


ROUNDTABLE TWO: Gender Equality

As of 2017, gender equality is the fifth of seventeen sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Gender equality is both a human rights principle and a precondition for sustainable, people-centered development (adapted from UN Women). It underlies one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda for Development – the concept of “leaving no one behind’.

TOPICS: The participants will discuss the following topics:

  • Women’s economic empowerment;

  • Women’s participation in decision-making;

  • Transforming institutions to advance gender equality;

  • Reduction/elimination of gender-based violence;

  • Women representation in Namibia and the Gender Policy adopted by Namibia in order to advance gender equality;

1. Hon. Doreen Sioka, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Namibia 

2. Hon. Millie Odhiambo-Mabona, Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of Kenya 

3. Immaculate Mogotsi, University of Namibia (UNAM)

4. Mr. Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi 

5. Ms Nicolette Bessinger, Director, LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia

Moderator: Ms. Welhencia Uiras, Permanent Secretary for Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Namibia 


16:00 – 16:30

Tea/Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00


ROUNDTABLE THREE: Inclusion (mainstreaming) of People with Disability (PWD)

Inclusive Democracy is often measured by the way society treat the less privileged and its vulnerable members. People with disability are often overlooked in terms of their needs and participation in the democratic discourse


TOPICS: The panelists will discuss the following topics

  • PWD economic empowerment;
  • PWD participation in decision-making;
  • Transforming institutions to advance inclusion of PWDs;
  • PWD representation.

1. Hon. Alexia Manombe-Ncube, Deputy Minister: Office of the Vice President, Disability Affairs

2.  Ms. Eileen Rakow, Office of the Ombudsman 

3.  Prof. Harold Campbell, Dean, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)

4. Prof Annie Chikwanha, University of Johannesburg, Past Member, International IDEA Board of Advisers

5. Dr. Mohammed El Dahshan, Founder, Oxcon, Egypt

Moderator: Immaculate Mogotsi, University of Namibia






09:00 – 10:30


ROUNDTABLE FOUR: Youth Empowerment

Youth empowerment is a process whereby young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situation and take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.

Youth empowerment aims to improve quality of life and is achieved through participation in youth empowerment programs.

Key ideas include: The Empowerment Theory; Psychological, Community, Organizational, Social, Cultural Empowerment; The 5C’s model  (focusing and  emphasizing competence, confidence, connection, character and caring) and the sixth C (Contribution to society); Empowerment, Social Empowerment, Cultural Empowerment; The difference between Youth Empowerment and Youth Development; Youth-adult partnerships; The goals of empowerment programs; The five competencies of youth; Positive developmental settings; Types of empowerment programs (Programs aimed just at empowering women and girls; Empowerment programs are focused on poverty alleviation; Social Action Model); Critiques of youth empowerment (risk-based model).


TOPICS: The discussion will focus around the following topics:

  • What types/models of youth empowerment programs can be utilized to empower the youth?
  • How can youth empowerment be used as a framework to prevent youth radicalization (and reduce violence);
  • Benefits of empowerment/beneficial outcomes to youth empowerment programs;
  • The unit of measurement to evaluate the success of empowerment programs (indicator of effectiveness of empowerment programs and why the Quality of life (QOL) is not considered a standard measurement).

1. Ms. Daisry Mathias, Advisor, Office of the President, Namibia (confirmed)

2. Mandela Kapere, Executive Chairperson, National Youth Council (confirmed)

3.  Ms Martha Namutuwa, Industry Liaison Officer, Cooperative Education Unit, Namibia University of Science and Technology  (NUST)

4. Mr Sherif Alaa,Programme Manager, International IDEA, Tunis

5.  Ms Njeri Kabeberi, Executive Director, Greenpeance, and Member, International IDEA Board of Adviser

Moderator: Ms. Hilda Basson 


10:30 – 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00


ROUNDTABLE FIVE: The Role of Civil Society

Civil society as grassroots organizations is in a unique position to interact with members of the communities, particularly the marginalized groups in society, in way that the governments cannot. They have often earned the trust of minority groups because they champion their causes and seek to push them on government agendas through social and political activism.

TOPICS: Civil Society will discuss the following topics:

  • Civil Education
  • Media advocacy;
  • Community and street theatres

1.  Mr. Uhuru Dempers, Executive, NANGOF

2. Dr. Admire Mare, Senior Lecturer, Journalism and Media Technology Communication, Namibia University of Science and Technology 

3.  Mrs. Michelle Maree: Lecturer in Public Management /Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning 

4. Ms.  Linda RM Baumann, Human Rights and Communications Activist 

5. Dr Idayat Hassan, Director: Centre for Democracy and Development, Nigeria

6.  Dr Pinkie Mekgwe, Senior Regional Adviser for Africa and West Asia, International IDEA

Moderator: Dr. Audrin Mathe, CEO, New Era 


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30



  1. Statement by the Secretary-General of International IDEA
  2. Statement by Adv. Notemba Tjipueja, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia