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Reimagining with Sankofa: the past, present and future of trust and governance

Nov 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am UTC-5

Imagine a bird flying forward while looking back, with an egg in its beak. It carries the future, as well as the past. This is at the core of the Sankofa concept of the Akan people in Ghana, which translates to “go back and fetch it”.

The global pandemic has further revealed and accelerated a myriad of vulnerabilities in social and political systems around the globe, particularly a lack of trust in governments. This has sparked a demand to reimagine governance. In doing so, how can we address the multiple trust crises? What can the challenges and successes of the past teach us? Whose input has yet to be considered and how can we rethink international collaboration as we develop new visions for governance?

This session is hosted by the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) and will explore emerging approaches to designing new governance models. Join this session to learn from the experiences of innovators from Guatemala, Zambia, and other countries. The session is designed as a sharing and provocation forum – to inspire discussions on envisioning and advancing new paradigms. If you are working on the future of governance, if you are interested in exploring the role international funders could and should have in this, make sure to RSVP.

This session will begin with two keynote speeches by civil society representatives from Zambia and Guatemala. The keynote speakers will articulate the complexities of a dwindling trust in their governments through lived experiences of community members. With this context, they will kickstart the formation of a collective vision for reimagining governance and rethinking trust, to be built upon with case studies by a panel of international funders, innovators, and thought leaders.


  • Aidan Eyakuze, Executive Director, Twaweza East Africa (Moderator)
  • Walter Flores, Advisor to CEO, Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems-CEGSS (Keynote speaker)
  • Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough is Enough (Keynote speaker)
  • Nina Strandberg, Senior Innovation Advisor, SIDA (Panelist)
  • Benjamin Kumpf, Head of Innovation, FCDO (Panelist)
  • Chike Ukaegbu, Youngest Nigerian Presidential Candidate (Panelist) 

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Nov 17, 2020
9:00 am - 10:15 am UTC-5
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