Multilingualism, Governance and Institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa as Key to Sustainability? A Case studies from southern

Diallo, Djouroukoro (26 November 2018). Multilingualism, Governance and Institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa as Key to Sustainability? A Case studies from southern (Unpublished). In: Swiss Researching Africa Days (SRAD 2018). Bern. 26-27 october 2018.

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Seen as the hallmark of democratization in this dynamic context, decentralization should fulfil a salient function in the overall process of democratization, reconciliation, and in instauring a balance of the new power relationship in the country. The strong conviction that it would guarantee consolidation and reinforcement of an asymmetric bottom-up process would help reverse the asymmetric top-down process in governmental institutions and capacity-building, while at the same time providing suitable answers to the daily needs of the local populations. Decentralization should, therefore, foster economic development in the rural milieu and compensate the capacity gaps in the administration, too. This consensual political objective justified the epistemology of an official discourse developing a topos focusing on the reinforcement of a political process aiming to “render the profound country his soul” (fr. “rendre son âme au Mali profond”) interpreted in the national languages as the “comeback of the power to its roots” (Bambara: mara ka segin so) (cf. Coulibaly / Lima 2013). In this optic, the trefoil “democratization, decentralization, and development” constituted the magic formula encapsulating a new answer to issues of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa in general, and specifically in Mali.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

UniBE Contributor:

Diallo, Djouroukoro

Subjects:

400 Language > 430 German & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures
400 Language > 410 Linguistics

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Swiss Society for African Studieis
[UNSPECIFIED] SARECO

Language:

German

Submitter:

Djouroukoro Diallo

Date Deposited:

29 May 2019 11:56

Last Modified:

29 May 2019 11:56

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129709

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129709

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