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Tenth anniversary of ACDEG and Sixth high level dialogue on democracy and human rights

4 December 2017
8 December 2017

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In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance (ACDEG), the African Governance Architecture and Platform organises an expert seminar under the theme “Africa’s Democratic Dividend and Deficits: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of ACDEG.” The seminar is scheduled to take place on 4 – 5 December 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. The seminar is intended to provide a platform for curating expert’s views and perspectives on the democratic governance trends, views and perspectives towards improved implementation of the principles and commitments on ACDEG by State parties.

In addition, the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and its Platform members domiciled in South Africa – African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and Pan African Parliament (PAP) in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of South Africa will convene the sixth annual high-level dialogue on “Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa” in South Africa on 6 – 8 December, 2017. The dialogue will take an inter-generational format bringing together current and former Heads of States and Governments, ministers and other high level officials from AU member states, organs and institutions to interact, engage and network with carefully selected outstanding youth participants from political, social and economic sectors of the continent. The dialogue will also be attended by non-state actors, think tanks, academia, media and women’s networks to ensure inclusive, diverse and robust conversations.

ECDPM’s Philomena Apiko will make several presentations.

The theme of the dialogue is “Enhancing Youth Participation and Representation in Governance on Africa”, which is within the context of African Union (AU) theme of 2017 on “Harnessing Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth” and also reflective of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG). The dialogue seeks to provide a platform for exchange of ideas on how best to meaningfully engage youth in governance processes in Africa. The discussions will also explore and interrogate the
barriers to meaningful youth participation and representation in governance processes and proffer policy as well as programmatic strategies for redress.

ECDPM’s Faten Aggad will join the panel discussion on ‘Combating Unconstitutional Changes of Government’. She will specifically speak about ‘Post North Africa Uprising: State of Constitutionalism in North Africa’. Please find the programme here.


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