The Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana), represented by Obaa Akua Konadu, Policy and Advocacy Manager, participated in a regional training for youth on the African Charter on Democracy and Governance (ACDEG). The training took place on April 5-6, 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria and organised by the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF). WACSOF is a platform for the aggregation of civil society agency, interests and interventions across the 15 ECOWAS states.
The African Governance Architecture (AGA) is a platform for dialogue between the various stakeholders who are mandated to promote good governance and strengthen democracy in Africa, in addition to translating the objectives of the legal and policy pronouncements in the AU Shared Values. With democracy and governance as separate clusters of the AGA, the training focused on building the capacity of participants on leading the advocacy of the African Charter on Democracy and Governance (ACDEG).
The ACDEG was adopted by the African Union in 2007 and became operational in 2012. The Charter has 13 objectives ranging from human rights, constitutional order, combating corruption, citizen participation and gender equality.
Participants were engaged in critical discussions on the ACDEG and linking it to local demands; youth leadership; non-violent strategies for mobilizing and organizing the youth; power analysis and stakeholder engagements and citizen report mechanisms.
The General Secretary of WACSOF, Mr Komlan Messie, encouraged participants of the workshop to spearhead youth-led actions and advocacy in their various constituencies in their respective countries for the full implementation of the ACDEG.