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Empowering girls in Nigeria: Introducing Sophiyat Sadiq

In honour of International Girls in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Day today, April 28th, we are pleased to present Nigerian Sophiyat Sadiq, one of our 2021 Kofi Annan Changemakers. International Girls in ICT Day is an annual ​​​celebration and global campaign to empower and encourage girls and young women to take up studies and...
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La Desinformación mata la Democracia: Verifica antes de Compartir | Disinformation kills Democracy: Check before you Share

Con el apoyo de la Fundación Kofi Annan, Sebastián Pedraza, uno de los Kofi Annan Changemakers 2021, y otras organizaciones asociadas han lanzado una campaña para que los jóvenes de Colombia luchen contra la desinformación durante las elecciones colombianas: “Verifica antes de compartir” o “Check before you share“. (English translation below) La campaña tiene como...
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Conflict in Ukraine: A Statement from Extremely Together

“Peace must be sought, above all, because it is the condition for every member of the human family to live a life of dignity and security.” – Kofi Annan We are Extremely Together, a global youth movement working to prevent violent extremism and promote peace. Founded in 2016 by the 7th Secretary-General of the United...
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Online gender-based political violence in Kenya: The road towards a code of conduct for digital behaviour

At a two-day multistakeholder workshop hosted by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD-Kenya) in Nairobi on the 8th and 9th of November 2021, election stakeholders explored practical solutions to some of the challenges posed by digital technologies in Kenya. A key concern emerging from the workshop was the harmful impact...
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How can we revitalise the role of political parties and rebuild the trust that is central to democracy?

The 2021 Global Forum on Democracy, hosted by Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) in November, considered, amongst many topics, the particular challenges that political parties currently face, particularly in the face of growing populism and authoritarian rule. Our Executive Director, Corinne Momal-Vanian, shared her thoughts on the topic in a panel discussion during the two-day forum....
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Oped Series: Securing Kenya’s Electoral Integrity in the Digital Age

The Kofi Annan Foundation has supported the publication of a five-part op-ed series on the Pan-African digital platform The Elephant. The series seeks to explore the use of personal data in campaigns, the spread of misinformation and disinformation, social media censorship, and incitement to violence and hate speech, and the practical measures various stakeholders can...
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Kofi Annan Peace and Security Forum calls on ECOWAS heads of state to adopt term limits

The crisis of democracy in West Africa was the focus of this year’s Kofi Annan Peace and Security (KAPS) Forum, co-organised by the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre and the Kofi Annan Foundation, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Democracy and Good Governance Protocol of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The...
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Safeguarding the Digital Space Ahead of Kenya’s 2022 Elections

Kenya is currently one of the most digitally advanced societies in Africa. Digital technologies and social media are widely used by Kenyan citizens and political leaders alike. In electoral contexts, social media has increased civic empowerment and engagement; but it has also increased the number of challenges related to the risk factors identified by the...
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Youth participation in peacebuilding: 5 tips from peacebuilders in South & Southeast Asia

The Kofi Annan Foundation and its youth-led initiative Extremely Together convened leading youth activists, civil society organizations, and local and regional experts from South and Southeast Asia who work to prevent violent extremism (PVE). During the three-day regional conference Envision Together: Youth Building the Future for Peace in October 2021, participants shared their experiences and collectively...
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Keynote Address by Corinne Momal-Vanian at the 2021 People Dialogue Festival

Corinne Momal-Vanian, Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation, took part in Session 2 of The People Dialogue Festival in Nairobi, on September 15th, 2021. Dear Friends, It is a pleasure to join you today, and I am delighted to spend the International Day of Democracy in the company – even virtual- of activists, politicians,...
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