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Declaration on the forum on governance in Africa, Addis Ababa, 26 November 2005

By Collectif (Alliance pour refonder la gouvernance en Afrique, November 2005)

Organised as a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the « Alliance pour la réfondation de la gouvernance en Afrique », the Forum on Governance in Africa took place in Addis Ababa from 24 to 26 November 2005. It brought together participants from different sectors of society (including local authorities, public institutions, regional organisations, civil society, trade unions, pan African networks, the private sector, researchers and traditional authorities), different institutions from the African Union as well as development partners and international organisations.

The main objectives of the Forum were to identify the limits and structural bottlenecks for governance in Africa; to agree upon priority actions needed to improve governance, particularly in the framework of the African Union governance agendas and ongoing programmes; and to build commitment among African and non-African actors to support ongoing and possible new frameworks for dialogue and concerted action, in partnership with the AUC. The Forum understood the notion of governance in line with the key governance principles included in AU governance declarations (i.e. the rule of law, democracy, participation, accountability).

A consensus emerged…

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