Research seminar in Cultural Anthropology with Book Sambo. Local Participatory Democracy: a View from below

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken Uppsala: Engelska parken room 3-2028 or for Zoom-link contact Mats Utas
  • Lecturer: Book Sambo, PhD student at Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University
  • Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
  • Contact person: Mats Utas
  • Seminarium

In the aftermath of the “third wave” democratisation process in Africa, multiparty democracy and decentralisation models in Mozambique amidst many challenges seemed initially impossible to be implemented.

Although in the recent history of the country, the governance process has undergone significant changes, especially with the membership of the Bretton Woods institutions, some salient problems of inclusiveness in the decentralised governance remain. One of the problems resulting from the decentralisation process was the expansion of the informal sector, which is mostly made up of poor people seeking employment.

The aim of this research is to analyse the perceptions and meanings attributed to the municipal governance process, and how challenges citizens meet correspond to their expectations about democracy, with particular reference to the democratic model and the daily democratization practices in local arenas in Mozambique. 

The focus of this paper is to understand local governance and how it is seen from below, as to pay attention to the informal sector, including petty traders, street hawkers and street vendors.

Key words: democracy, decentralisation, informal sector, governance, politics