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Dr. Constance J. Freeman

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • BA
    American University
  • Ph.D. , Development Economics
    School of International Studies at Denver
  • MA degrees , Development Economics
    School of International Studies at Denver
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In Memoriam: Winnie Makumbi: International Development Research Centre
www.idrc.org, 4 Mar 2009 [cached]
- Constance Freeman, Director of IDRC's Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, and Naser Faruqui, Program Leader for IDRC's Urban Poverty and Environment program, worked with Winnie Makumbi.
In Memoriam: Winnie Makumbi: International Development Research Centre
network.idrc.ca, 21 Oct 2008 [cached]
- Constance Freeman, Director of IDRC's Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, and Naser Faruqui, Program Leader for IDRC's Urban Poverty and Environment program, worked with Winnie Makumbi.
Board of Directors
www.partnersfordevelopment.org, 3 Sept 2002 [cached]
Constance J. Freeman, Member, East/Southern Africa Director, IDRC cfreeman@idrc.or.ke
Following Africa's Lead: International Development Research Centre
www.idrc.ca, 11 Mar 2011 [cached]
Connie Freeman, IDRC's Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa
This text originally appeared in IDRC's 2006-2007 Annual Report.
Too often, says Connie Freeman, when people in the North attempt to understand Africa, they reach for a tired script with a well-worn plot and a predictable ending. This standard scenario casts Africa as a continent largely beyond hope.
But IDRC's Nairobi-based Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa has seen subtle shifts that hint at a different story.
Recent solid economic growth rates in many African countries - while far from a guarantee that poverty rates will fall - nonetheless provide a promising platform for social progress and an opportunity for Africa to finally put the effects of the debt crisis behind it.
Another positive sign is the growing public impatience with poor governance that Freeman believes has helped propel several countries toward more open and accountable leadership.
"People are tired of military dictatorships, autocracies, being told what to do, being scared, having war all the time," she says. So while in the past the standard response to corruption, for example, was that "everybody shrugged their shoulders," the mood has now changed.
A new set of public expectations, Freeman believes, may well have contributed to the current reality wherein "you have more countries in Africa today with representative government of one sort or another than ever in the history of Africa."
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Freeman sees Africans' strengthened desire to direct their own futures as reflected in the fact, for example, that Kenya's national budget has for several years contained no donor funding. South Africa similarly rejected funding from the international financial institutions (directly following the end of the apartheid era), so as not to be bound by the external conditions accompanying such funds.
IDRC is well positioned to contribute to Africa's development within this new context since many of those emerging conditions have themselves been cornerstones of the Centre's programming.
"Unlike other donor or assistance agencies, IDRC funds research that is done by Africans, conceived on the continent, and rooted in the local reality," says Freeman. "What we have always done is provide support and capacity building for Africans to run their own development process."
She also notes that improving standards of governance has been an important area of concern for IDRC: with the end of autocracy in Kenya, for example, IDRC backed a research program on transitions to democracy that focused in large measure on ethics in government and anti-corruption policy.
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"People in Africa have already accommodated themselves to climate change over time," explains Freeman.
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Says Freeman: "We need to figure out ways to make urban living more acceptable and less lethal."
To that end, two Focus Cities projects in different regions of Africa - one in Kampala, Uganda, and another in Dakar, Senegal -are taking a systems approach to overlapping issues such as urban agriculture, environmental management, employment, and public services.
Part of the objective is to find the positive potential in negative circumstances: creating safe ways to use wastewater as fertilizer for urban crops, for instance, would solve two problems and lead to a net social gain.
Connie Freeman is convinced that research is a particularly important commodity at a time when Africans are trying to forge a new future. "There are many different types of transitions underway," she says.
IDRC Staff Speeches: International Development Research Centre
www.idrc.org, 15 Sept 2007 [cached]
Dr Constance Freeman, Regional Director of the IDRC office in Nairobi, Kenya, is a renown specialist on Africa issues.She made a presentation on NEPAD in the opening plenary of the annual National Policy Research Conference held in Ottawa, in October 2002.
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