On 04 September, Professor Anne Moisan hosted the seventh edition of the NESA-AFRICOM roundtable webinar series,“Building Trust – Generational and with the State in the Time of Covid-19.” Recent polls have demonstrated that mass popular trust in institutions is at its lowest with only 20% expressing confidence in the system that governs them, 73% looking for change, and 50% indicating that capitalism causes more harm than good and that democracy is losing its effectiveness. There is an overwhelming malaise that seems to be affecting global populations, especially impacting youth. Looking hopelessly for equity, fairness, and social justice, they too often find corruption, disenfranchisement, and despair, which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. Many are once again taking to the streets with growing numbers of citizen-led protests in societies plagued by polarization and generational divides and lack of confidence and respect for the State. Against this backdrop, a select group of NESA-AFRICOM alumni youth were asked to reflect on the way ahead.
Melissa Lakrib – What is the trust deficit?
Rami Musa – Building Trust amidst Conflict
Zine Labidine Ghebouli – Street Protests and the Trust Deficit
Shiran Ben Abderrazak – Civil Society and Building Trust
Samar Miled – Educators and the Civic Responsibility Gap
Mai Hamam – Building Trust in Egypt amidst Covid-19
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