The 2-day conference with the theme THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENT, LOCAL & REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA, is designed to address the multiple facets of the problems and emerging opportunities of democratic governance in Africa. It would also be bringing together leaders in business, politics, diplomacy, development experts, and members of the academia as well as other major stakeholders to attempt to deconstruct the issues with a view to proffering solutions to the myriads of governance issues facing the continent today.

This event which is also supported by the Georgia Conference of Black Mayors is in congruence with the African Union’s commitment towards building an Africa driven by good governance, democracy and the rule of law. It is also in line with African Union’s Aspiration 3, as contained in AU’s Agenda 2063, which prays for “An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law.” Conference participants may submit their revised papers after the conference for possible publication on our various platforms, including our partner publication, African Leadership Magazine UK.


Speakers for this conference would be drawn from stakeholder with unrivaled experience in the thematic focus, including: Cabinet Ministers; Governors; Parliamentarians; members of the executive; local government administrators; youth influencers; members of the academia; C-suit business executives, amongst others.


Day One
10:00 – 10:30 Arrival, Registration & Networking
10:30 – 10:40 Conference Chair Welcome/Opening Address– Democracy & Good Governance – where we are Vs. Where we want to be
10:40 – 10:50 Opening Keynote:  The Role Of Parliament, Local & Regional Governments In Strengthening Participatory Democracy In Africa
10:50 – 11:00 Session 1: Agenda 2063: Overview: Building the Africa of our  Dreams
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break &Networking
11:30 – 11:40 Session 2: Representation and Participation as Democratic Ideals and Practices – The Realities today
11:40 – 12:00 Session 3: Strengthening the Democratic Process in Africa – Case studies
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch Break & Networking
12:30 – 12:50 Session 4: The State Vs. Civil Society Convergence for Nation Building 
12:50 – 01:30 Breakout Session: Presentation of Conference Summary & the Way Forward
  Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Day Two (Each Session entails lead presentation; Roundtable and Q – A)  
08:00 – 09:00 Registration Coffee and Networking
09:00 – 10:00 Session 5: Democracy, Good Governance & the Role of the Parliament
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break & Speed Networking
10:15–11:15 Session 6:  Credibility and Independence of the Electoral Process and Institutions
11:15 – 12:15 Session 7: Enabling Greater women and Youth Engagement for Sustainable Development in Africa
12:15 – 01:15 Session 8: African Peer Review Mechanisms – The journey so far
01:15 – 02:00 Lunch Break & Networking
02:00 – 03:00 Session 9: International and Inter-regional Cooperation and Partnerships for  sustainable growth and development in Africa
03:00 – 04:00 Breakout Session 10: Presentation of Conference Summary & the Way Forward
04:00 – 04:15 Speed Networking Coffee
04:15 – 05:30 Session 11: Unveiling and the formal launch of the Conference of All African Mayors Network.
05:30 – 05:45 Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks / Award Presentations
Day Three: Site Tours and Private pre-arranged meetings

Target Audience

  • African Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice; Youth, among others
  • Parliamentarians from National and State Assemblies
  • States & Regional Governors
  • Local Government Administrators
  • Members of the Development sector
  • Youth Leaders & Influencers
  • Business Leaders

Interested in Attending

This conference is open only to registered delegates.  Interested delegates are advised to please use the link below to request an invitation / Register.


AU, Deed Dynamic Nigeria Ltd; the Nigerian Senate; African Leadership Magazine UK; AIT


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African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 


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