The 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. A 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.
The African Movement for Democracy (AMD) expresses concern over the ongoing protests in Zimbabwe. The AMD notes that although there were isolated protests since the beginning of the year, this week’s protests are nationwide, instigated by Zimbabwe Congress of Trade...read more
Meet the AMD Fellows of 2018. The AMD Fellowship for Emerging Young Women Leaders in Africa is a program designed to support and accompany young female activists and organizers aspiring to engage in politics in their countries by facilitating access to capacity building and mentoring opportunities.read more