Advisory - John Githongo to Speak on Struggle for Democracy in Kenya

    OTTAWA, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - One of Africa's most distinguished
advocates for transparency and good governance, John Githongo, will be in
Ottawa on Thursday, February 7, to offer unique insights into ordinary
Kenyans' courageous struggle for democracy and the changes needed for a stable
future. The lecture is part of IDRC's special 2007-2008 Speaker Series that is
focusing on the challenge of shaping democratic institutions in developing
countries. The event will be held at IDRC's new head office located at
150 Kent Street (at Albert), February 7, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p. m. in the
8th floor auditorium. French and English simultaneous interpretation will be
    Mr. Githongo made international headlines in 2003 when President Mwai
Kibaki - who had been elected in 2002 on a pledge to fight corruption - named
him to lead the charge. IDRC previously supported Mr. Githongo's work to
eradicate corruption when he was first appointed as Kenya's champion on
governance and ethics. In 2005, two years after accepting the position, he was
back in the international spotlight, this time for resigning while on travel
in the UK. In January 2006, Mr. Githongo released a report outlining
large-scale government fraud among Kenya's political elite.
    The IDRC Speaker Series features provocative presentations on issues of
social justice and international development from speakers with worldwide
reputations. Previous lecturers have included Nobel Prize laureate Amartya
Sen, former British diplomat Rory Stewart, and former president of Chile, His
Excellency Ricardo Lagos.
    The event is open to the media. Spaces are limited and journalists are
encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-236-6163,
ext. 2343.

    For more information on the IDRC Speaker Series, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext.
2343, (613) 816-7620,

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