A consortium of 14 prominent civil society organisations working to advance the implementation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) will from July 18-19, 2019, hold a training workshop for outstanding journalists drawn from across the continent on the protocols and mechanisms of the African Union (AU).
The training workshop which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia aims at raising the awareness and understanding of journalists on the mechanisms, protocols and charters of the African Union (AU), especially the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG). It will also provide journalists with the requisite skills on how to report more effectively on the AU and the ACDEG.
The workshop forms part of activities under the ‘Africa We Want’ project, titled “Mobilising Civil Society Support for Implementation of the African Governance Architecture,” which is being implemented by the Consortium with funding support from the European Commission.
The Consortium will also use the training as a platform to launch the Global Citizens’ Report which details systematic feedback from citizens from some selected countries in the world on the quality and performance of public service delivery by their governments. The report aims at highlighting and stemming the gaps in public service delivery and governance globally.
Meanwhile, to inspire more journalists on the continent to report on issues that advance good governance, democratic practices and peaceful elections in Africa as espoused by ACDEG, the CSO Consortium has also launched a special journalists’ awards initiative to recognise and honour African journalists who have been promoting the course of the ACDEG through excellent journalistic pieces. Currently, a call for entries has been opened for submissions from journalists on the continent.
An awards ceremony to honour such outstanding journalists will be hosted by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in Accra on October 19, 2019 during this year’s West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA 2019).
The Africa We Want project consortium is made up the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), ActionAid Denmark, the West Africa Civil Society Organisations’ Forum (WACSOF), ActionAid Ghana, Southern Africa Development Community Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO), ActionAid Mozambique, ActionAid Nigeria, Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) in Zimbabwe, ActionAid Zambia, ActionAid Tanzania, East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum (EACSOF), ActionAid Uganda, ActionAid Sierra Leone and ActionAid Zimbabwe.
For more information, visit www.mfwa.org or email us at ecpanaf[@]gmail.com or call the MFWA on +233 302 -242470.