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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Short Biography: Albert Arko-Cobbah
A South African, Librarian and Researcher in Social Sciences, specializing in Access to Information, Combating Corruption, Civil Society and Good Governance in Africa. Educational qualifications include B. A. (Political Science, Philosophy, Study of Religions and African Studies); B.Bibl (Library and Information Science, Honours); MPA (Public Management and Administration). Currently working on PhD project title, “The right of access to information: Opportunities and challenges for civil society and good governance in South Africa”. Served as the Provincial Coordinator of South African Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition (SANGOCO) Free State Province. An ordained minister in the Anglican Church of the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Michael and the Hospital Chaplain of the church. Passionate in democracy, human rights and good governance, have published and presented papers at local and international conferences on civil society, access to information and good governance in Africa. Currently conducting a research on “Access to information legislation: Civil society and anti-corruption drive in selected African countries”. Member of various professional associations like the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), Civicus (World Alliance of Citizen Participation), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Global Development Network (GDnet), Knowledge Management for Africa (KMA), Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN), TakingITGlobal (TIG), Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Won various awards in research and publication. An article, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant: Empowering civil society in combating corruption in Africa with access to information regime” is being considered for publication.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (student), individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Africa South of Sahara
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Anti-Corruption, Civil Society, Democratization, Development, Education, Environment, Gender, Human Rights, Information and Communication Technology, Humanitarian Relief, Peacebuilding, Rule of Law, Transparency
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Evaluation, Fundraising, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research
Please select the donors (bi-lateral, international or foundations) in which you have direct and signifcant experience (either work for the donor or on projects funded by them)
European Union, DFID
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Access to information regime: Good governance: Civil society; Sustainable development
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
RECORD OF RESEARCH OUTPUT & PUBLICATIONS as at October 2012:
1 Publications in peer-reviewed Journals and Conference Proceedings:
• The citizen as consumer: Role in policy-making. Journal of Public Administration Vol. 37 (1) 2002.
• Citizenship participation and democratic governance: An evaluation of the South African experiment In the Conference Proceedings: Second Specialized International Conference of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), New Delhi, India 5-9 November 2002.
• The role of libraries in student-centred learning: the case of students from the disadvantaged communities in South Africa International Information & Library Review Vol. 36 (3) 2004.
• Civil society and good governance: Challenges facing public libraries in South Africa Library Review Vol. 55 (6) 2006.
• Quest for democratic citizenship in South Africa: Curriculum 2005 and citizenship education in perspective, Conference Proceedings: 34th Annual Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) Conference held in Hong Kong 24-27 November 2005.
• The right of access to information: Opportunities and challenges for civil society and good governance in South Africa IFLA Journal Vol. 34 (2). June 2008.
• Intellectual freedom and academic freedom: Some challenges and opportunities for academic libraries in Africa Mousaion Vol. 29 (1) 2011, pp76-95.
*Promoting Sustainable development in Africa: Civil society and free access to information being considered for publication in IFLA Journal
‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant’: Combating poverty-corruption nexus in Africa with access to information regime. Paper presented at an International Conference of the Library and Information Services Association of South Africa (LIASA) September 2012 and being considered for publication.
*A Book Project initiated by the Organisation for Social Science Research for Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) on “State Fragility in Eastern and Southern Africa: Drivers, Nature, Extent and Capacity Building Efforts”. Title of Chapter by A. Arko-Cobbah (lead author) and Dr. B. Olivier (Supervisor PhD Programme of A Arko-Cobbah): “Resource Curse in Angola: Civil Society Strengthening and Access to Information Regime as Drivers of Change”. Chapter submitted and publication of book yet to be effected.
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