As Africa’s largest political affiliation, the Africa Liberal Network seeks to support the growth and development of its liberal democratic member parties in order to win elections and go on to form liberal government to deliver positive, democratic change. It is the hope of the network that by doing so, we can play a part in bringing about positive change to the millions of Africans living in our beautiful continent.
In what will be the network’s most ambitious project to-date, the ALN is now turning its attention to Kenya. Here, the network and partners will cooperate with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ahead of the August 2017 General Elections, collaborating to support the party’s campaign and assist the ODM in building its support base so that it can ultimately deliver real change for Kenyans. This follows the successful pilot project in Botswana (2014), in which the liberal Botswana Movement for Democracy became a leading figure in the largest opposition coalition.
In collaboration with the U.K. Liberal Democrats and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the ALN’s newly-launched Campaign and Organisational Development (COD) Unit will support, peer-to-peer, the ODM in the run-up to next year’s polling day. Campaign experts, strategists, researchers and other election professionals will be brought in by the ALN and its partners to develop the ODM’s ability to maximise its performance in the Kenyan parliamentary elections.
“The ODM looks forward to a very fruitful relationship with the ALN’s COD Unit. I am confident that through the network’s track record, expertise and enthusiasm for liberalism in Africa, we will reach new heights in the next elections. We are in it to #WinKenya2017, and the ODM aims to use our election growth for the benefit of all the people of this country,” remarked Rosemary Machua, ALN Vice President for East Africa.
Encouraged by the great achievements of the 2014 Botswana project which saw the BMD grow in popularity, the Liberal Democrats are again on-board to support the ALN and the ODM to #WinKenya2017
“The International Office of the Liberal Democrats here in the U.K. is passionate about growing liberal democracy in Africa. Sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, we hold a mandate to do our best in supporting efforts that lead to vibrant, healthy democracies. Our long relationship with the ALN is one which allows us to support the ODM and oversee great results in 2017,” says Harriet Shone, Liberal Democrats Head of International Office.
In the first stop of the COD Unit, the ALN will in October 2016 travel to Nairobi to meet with key decision-makers and fellow strategists of the ODM. This assessment visit will provide the network and partners with the chance to identify areas for development in the ODM’s election strategy, organisational capacity and overall objectives. It is also an opportunity to build relationships with new and existing colleagues, all with one goal: #WinKenya2017.