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Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
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History, Democracy, Values: New Lines of Reflection

Adame Ba Konaré, Dakar, CODESRIA, 2008, 24 p., ISBN: 978-2-86978-233-4;

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At the 11th General Assembly of CODESRIA, which was held in Maputo in December 2005, Adame Ba Konaré
presented the Leopold Sedar Senghor Lecture, casting her historian eye on democracy and its values. Konaré calls
for the enshrinement of democracy in Africa, where citizens are free to participate responsibly in decision-making
on matters of common interest, and in ways that simply do not mimic externally induced notions or reflect
unquestioningly the will of Heads of State.

According to her, for citizens to exercise the fullness of their democracy in humility and mutual respect, they must have the freedom of association and mobilisation in the interest of
all, and in tune with African values that have stood the test of time.

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