International Conference
Civil Society and Politics in Angola; regional and international setting

7-8 August 2008, Angolan Catholic University, Luanda

Organization: Universidade Católica de Angola - UCAN; Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra – FEUC e Centro de Estudos Sociais da Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra – CES-FEUC




Book Launch in Portugal

CIVIL SOCIETY AND POLITICS IN ANGOLA,Regional and international context

Nuno Vidal & Justino Pinto de Andrade

House of Angola in Lisbon (Casa de Angola em Lisboa), October 16, 18.00h, Address: Travessa da Fábrica das Sedas, Nº 7 - 1250-107 Lisboa, Telefone: 213 829 487.

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Book will be presented by the Angolan historian Alberto Oliveira Pinto (University of Lisbon) with the two co-authors and editors. The event has the support, promotion and live radio coverage by RDP-Africa, along with the support of the House of Angola in Lisbon. The Angolan musician Aldo Mila will perform live a few Angolan traditional songs.

A lot of hope has been placed on so-called civil society within the Angolan transition process to a liberal political system. Civil society organizations – CSO, have gradually shown some effectiveness since the transition began in early nineties, tackling several social, economic and politically sensitive issues. Nevertheless, there are major constraints to the work of these organizations at the national and international level that need to be discussed and addressed within the democratization process in Angola.

Following the previous and successful conference organized by the Angolan Catholic University and the University of Coimbra in 2004 and the book published in 2006 & 2007 on the political transition process (see links in this page), both universities are now organizing a new international conference, this time centred on the relationship between civil society and politics, taking into account the national, regional and international context.

The conference aims for a broad public discussion (national and international) around civil society issues and its potential for socio-political-economic change. Such a discussion is meant to be overarching, encompassing not only academics, but also the so-called civil society activists and several other actors whose contribution might be considered relevant. This methodology was used in our previous 2004 conference with good results.

The conference is structured around eight panels as defined within the respective link in this page.

More information can be regularly obtained from this site or contacting directly the organization at:

Conference Program
Scientific Commission and Organizing Commission
New Book’s reference and contents, to be launched at the conference
Selected photos of the conference in Luanda, August 7-8, 2008
Book launch in Luanda, 1 June 2006, Universidade Católica de Angola (Selected Photos)
Book launch in Lisbon, 22 June 2006, Fundação Cidade de Lisboa, organisation RDP-África (Selected Photos)
Public debate on the book in Lisbon, July 2006, Casa de Angola (Selected Photos)
Book launch in Lisbon, House of Angola, October 16, 2008
1st Edition Cover
2nd Edition Cover
  Center of Excelence - Assessment of Research Units carried out by the Ministry of Science and Technology, 2005
  CES Center for Social Studies