The African Movement for Democracy was formally launched in Yaounde, Cameroon on Nov. 11-12, 2016.The launch convened activists from across Africa under the theme: “Organising for democratic unity in Africa: Opening new spaces for a new generation of democratic political leaders.”

The African Movement for Democracy comprises of members of civil society organizations working for the advancement of democracy in Africa. They are determined to bridge divides between civil and political society, so as to consolidate democratic institutions and culture, and to ensure good governance and the rule of law.

Below is the full text of the press conference convened by founders of the Afrcan Movement for Democracy:

 

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, let me welcome you to this press conference by the founding members of the African Movement for Democracy.

The African Movement for Democracy comprises of members of civil society organizations working for the advancement of democracy in Africa. The Movement recognizes the increasingly difficult democratic environment on the continent and the harsh conditions faced by civil-society organizations working to defend democratic freedoms. In addition to the difficult environment for advancing human rights and free media as well as the need for a renewed commitment to the defense of democratic values and civil society against resurgent authoritarianism.

We are guided by our common vision of a united and strong Africa and by our desire to contribute to successful democratic transitions, and to guard against extremist movements and intolerant majorities.

The African Movement for Democracy is determined to take up the multifaceted challenges that confront democracy on the continent in the light of the social, economic and political changes taking place in the world; the Movement is equally determined to combine efforts across frontiers, bridging divides between civil and political society, so as to consolidate democratic institutions and culture, and to ensure good governance and the rule of law.

The past two days have been set aside to formally launch the African Movement for Democracy as well as validate and adopt a strategic framework to operationalize its central goals.

The objectives of the Movement are to achieve greater democratic unity and solidarity between the African Civil Society and Political Society; promote active youth engagement in the political and leadership processes through strengthening knowledge of existing policies and developmental challenges, and building youth capacity to run for office; combat electoral apathy and political alienation of youths, especially by addressing legal barriers to youth participation either as voters or candidates; promote the inclusion of young women and girls in decision making processes; strengthen public governance and accountability by working with and monitoring local institutions; counter violent extremism, extremist narratives and ensure a paradigm shift inside African countries affected by violent non-state actors.

 

 

Signed:

 

Members of the Working Group

African Movement for Democracy (AMD):

Ateki S. Caxton – NewSETA, Cameroon

Tidiani Togola – Democracy Techsquad, Mali

Samson Itodo – YIAGA, Nigeria,

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe – TaLI, Zimbabwe

Ibrahim Faruk – YIAGA, Nigeria

Benetta Davies – NAYMOTE, Liberia

Rebaone Mmereki – OYEBO, Botswana

Kingsley Bangwell – Youngstars Foundation, Nigeria

 

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