AU Watch

Deliberative Democracy

You might have noticed that there’s a lot of interest in deliberative democracy in Africa.To sustain and build this momentum, Africa needs practitioners that have the knowledge, skills and support to design and deliver high-quality democratic processes. This is important for the attainment of Agenda 2063.
We’re Africa’s leaders in civic participation, deliberation, and engagement, driven to design the future of Agenda 2063 and its democratic agenda. We convene
Local Citizens Parliament, in schools, college and universities, for citizens to learn about what is happening within the Agenda 2063 program issue. We bring together a diverse group of their peers to develop well-informed solutions for 2063. Our Local Citizens Parliamentallows decision makers and the broader public to know the latest on Agenda 2063.
We partner with citizens, communities, and institutions to design and implement informed, innovative, and democratic processes to address today’s toughest challenges.

Objectives of our Local Citizens Parliament Forums

We established the Agenda 2063 Leadership Forum to:

  • Seeks to reset AU–CSOs relations, especially how CSOs can strengthen cooperation and advance common interests, assisting the AU in advancing development, defending democracy, protecting human rights, strengthening security, fostering free trade, combating illegal drugs and fighting corruption to create a more peaceful, just, equitable and sustainable Africa for this and future generation.
  • Build the capacity and capability of practitioners to deliver citizens’ assemblies and other deliberative processes;
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer support and collaboration – sharing ideas, resources and support – between deliberative democracy practitioners;
  • Build knowledge, understanding and ongoing learning about hoe citizens’ assemblies and other forms of deliberative democracy;

We support with AU, AU Member States, civil society and development and democracy practitioners with skills and interest in this area. If you are a facilitation / deliberative process practitioner and are interested in contributing and learning more, please email [email protected] with a brief summary of your interest and experience. 

We will keep you in touch with opportunities for training, workshops and meet-ups, as well as linking you into the wider network.