Book Sambo and Paulo Mahumane, Uppsala University

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng3-2028; Campus Gotland - B-43 (video)
  • Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
  • Contact person: Susann Baez Ullberg, Don Kulick
  • Seminarium

The Research Seminar in Cultural Anthropology

Book Sambo, PhD Candidate, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University: "Local participatory democracy: a view from below"

Abstract
In the aftermath of the “third wave” democratization process in Africa, multiparty democracy and decentralization 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 decentralized governance remain. One of the problems resulting from the decentralization 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 analyze 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 and street hawkers.
 

Paulo Mahumane, PhD Candidate, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University: "Governance and Health Services Provision in the Mining Context of the Municipality of Moatize"

Abstract
After the breakdown of the postcolonial Socialist state, the Mozambique´s government introduced the market economy which implied the boosting of the economy of the country through the mining Megaprojects that impacted on the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as well as sources of health problems for ordinary people surrounding these projects. My overall focus is to search how ordinary people perceive the manifestation of the State, particularly in terms of the provision of health services in the municipality of Moatize, province of Tete, central region of Mozambique dominated by mining industries. More specifically, I am interested in how the different actors acting in a decentralized environment articulate on the provision of health services affected by social changes brought by mining activities.