OUR ORIGIN

Board Members at AU high level DialogueThe  African  Movement  for  Democracy  (AMD)  officially  came  into  existence  in  Yaoundé  on November  11,  2016,  launched  by  a  group  of  young  democracy  activists  from  11  African  countries and  the  USA  attending  the  Movement’s  first  ever  summit  themed:  “Organizing  for Democratic Unity in Africa: Opening New Spaces for a New Generation of Democratic Political  Leaders.”    The Movement  was  born  from  the  need  to  mount  a  meaningful  response  to  the resurgence  of  aggressive  anti-democratic  forces  on  the  African  continent,  the  limited opportunities  for  young  people  and  for  cross-border  experience  sharing,  and  the  need  to strengthen  democratic  unity  within  and  across  the  regions  by  promoting  sensible  partnerships between Political Society and all segments of Civil Society. Yaoundé culminated the process initiated in several World Movement for Democracy meetings in Dakar, Senegal (March 2015), Abuja, Nigeria (December 2015) and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (September  2016),  where  young  leaders  and  democracy  activists  reached  consensus  on  the necessity to accelerate action towards establishing an African Movement for Democracy. Amd LaunchA working  group comprised of  representatives of  a few organizations from West, Central and Southern  Africa  (including  Nyaradzo  Mashayamombe  from  TaLI  Zimbabwe,  Tidiani  Togola from Democracy Tech Squad Mali, Rebaone Mmereki from OYEBO Botswana, Benetta Davies from NAYMOTE Liberia, Ibrahim Faruk fron YIAGA Nigeria,  Sunday Adaje from Youngstars Foundation,  Nigeria  and  Ateki  S.  Caxton  from  NewSETA,  Cameroon)  started  working  to prepare  the  operational  documents  and  essential  guidelines  for  the  Movement.  The  working group  also  engaged  in  different  actions  on  behalf  of  the  AMD  such  as  conducting  an  online survey through  which it gauged the perceptions and experiences of youths with regard to their participation  in  the  design, implementation  or  evaluation  of  national  policies.  The  survey generated  141  responses  from  over  31  Countries,  two  from  outside  Africa  (USA  and  Russia). The highlights of the survey evidenced new opportunities:  only about 38% of organizations took part in the development of policy in their countries,  only  41% of respondents voted  in the last elections in their country,  only  22% belonged  to a political  party, about 48% belonged  to civil society  organizations,  34%  used  social  media  for  political  engagement  and  9%  not  being involved. These  trends  underscored  the  need  to  strengthen  youth  political participation  on  the continent.

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