ALN Women’s Leadership Programme – Call for Applications

The Africa Liberal Network is excited to announce the launch of its new Women’s Leadership Programme, in partnership with the UK Liberal Democrats and Westminster Foundation for Democracy. The programme, open to women politicians from all ALN member parties, will provide participants with additional knowledge, skills and tailored support to advance as candidates and into leadership roles.

Applications for the 2019 programme are now open  and we warmly invite aspiring women leaders from across the Africa Liberal Network to apply.

The programme, designed for candidates intending to run for local or general elections in 2019, 2020 or 2021, will include three two-day training workshops spread out over 9 months. The first will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 6th-7th March, ahead of the ALN General Assembly. The programme will also include a mentoring scheme whereby participants will be paired with an experienced political actor to provide tailored advice and support. The training will cover a range of topics, from campaigning and voter contact models to social media, fundraising and much more, helping equip participants with the tools they need to successfully contest party nominations and elected positions.

For more information about this important opportunity, including training dates, curriculum and applicant eligibility, please read the attached programme brochure.

To apply, please complete the attached application form and return to adele.poskitt@parliament.uk. The deadline for applications is 17th February 2019.

Application Form English

Brochure English

Application Form French

Brochure French

 

 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the programme or application process.

ALN condemns alleged AU proposal to withdraw from the ICC

Africa Liberal Network statement by
Olivier Kamitatu 

Africa Liberal Network President

ALN condemns alleged AU proposal to withdraw from the ICC

 

26 February 2016

 

The Africa Liberal Network (ALN), the largest political network on the continent consisting of 47 political parties, is deeply concerned over the outcome of the recent African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa regarding the matters of alleged withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the ongoing crisis in Burundi.

We strongly denounce the alleged proposal from the AU to encourage its member states to withdraw from the ICC simply to protect the selfish political interests of a few. The ICC is an established institution to which one-third of African states are members, having ratified the Rome Statute in their respective legislatures. It would, therefore, be unconstitutional in many instances to withdraw from the ICC.

The ALN strongly maintains its position adopted at the Network’s 10th General Assembly in Zanzibar: we encourage full cooperation with the ICC and encourage the fight against impunity and all abuses of human rights. The ICC remains a credible institution through which these goals can be achieved.

The ALN urges the AU to remain firm and committed to the fight against impunity so that the history of oppression and violence may be stamped out from the continent and serve as a warning to those who seek to perpetrate violence against citizens. The ALN and its members believe that justice must be served against those who have committed crimes against humanity, displaced individuals and families, destroyed communities and villages, and led mass murders and genocides.

It is an injustice against the people of Africa for any state to withdraw from the ICC.

The ALN moreover calls for urgent intervention in the ongoing crisis in Burundi. We hold that the important work of the ICC is necessary in order to safeguard the lives of many thousands of Burundians. The AU and the ICC should be working in cooperation to ensure protection and justice for all Africans, which includes the possibility of AU troops on the ground in Burundi.

 

This is a time where the people of Burundi need the support of their fellow Africans. The AU is the vehicle through which we ought to support the innocent and bring an end to the violence through all diplomatic means. The loss of life in Burundi is an atrocity for the entire continent and cannot be accepted. The ALN’s position on the crisis in Burundi is found in a resolution passed at our recent General Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

The ALN calls for the AU to lead the struggle against impunity by encouraging members to commit to and cooperate with the ICC.

 

Media enquiries:

Luke Akal

Africa Liberal Network Coordinator

+27 (0)81 481 3754

Dates of 2015/2016 ALN General Assembly announced

ALN GA

The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) is pleased to announce that our next General Assembly will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 27-31 January 2016. The event is hosted in partnership and collaboration with the Liberal Democrats and the Friederich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).

Our theme for the upcoming conference will centre on:

Winning Elections: Strategies, Policies, and Solutions for Success

Through this theme, the plenary and breakaway sessions will focus on specific issues, practices and models for the growth of our liberal member parties.

We aim to empower and prepare fellow African liberals for future elections. It is also an opportunity to share experiences and expertise, such as in writing party manifestos as a tool for policy development and winning elections. The related topics of coalition preparation and building, policies, communications, ground support and the involvement of youth form part of the General Assembly’s theme.

Applications to attend the General Assembly are now open.

 

For more information, please contact Luke Akal on luke.akal@africaliberalnetwork.org