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EVENT | Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, Opportunities, Challenges & Threats

It is time for a fresh and frank conversation on democracy.

Join us on Monday, 24 October 2022, as experts from United Nations member states, academia and civil society discuss how aspirations to democracy express themselves across sub-Saharan Africa and share best practices and challenges. Organised by the Kofi Annan Foundation and European Public Law Organization.



Monday, 24 October 2022
10:30 am CEST
Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva and online via Webex*

The panel will focus on the following questions:

  • How are African countries managing challenges to democratic leadership, good governance and the rule of law, and what are some examples of best practices?
  • How are global challenges to democracy and the rule of law, such as disinformation and misinformation, affecting Africa?
  • What more can the international community do to support democratic leadership in Africa and young people’s aspirations for democratic inclusion?
  • Could early warning mechanisms be put in place to counteract trends toward authoritarianism?
  • What role can African states and organisations take in encouraging a new focus of the multilateral system on democratic principles and practices?


  • Ambassador Athaliah L. Molokomme. Permanent Representative of Botswana to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva.
  • Ambassador Clara Manuela da Luz Delgado Jesus. Permanent Representative of Cabo Verde to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva
  • Prof. Landry Signé. Executive Director and Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Washington DC | Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.
  • Prof. Delidji Eric Degila. Professor of International Relations/Political Science, Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Geneva Graduate Institute.


*Webex link will be shared in due course

Interpretation will not be provided; however, speakers and audience members are invited to speak in English or French as preferred.