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Engaging Together to Strengthen Democratic Roots in Africa
2022 Africa Agenda Democracy Summit
The 2022 Africa Summit in Colorado will explore the challenges and successes in nurturing a democratic culture both in Africa and at home. We will learn alongside those who have been building democracy and facing the challenges of the continent’s most neglected conflicts.
While we grapple with growing threats around the world, it is easy to miss the daunting challenges to democracy that have been mounting on the African continent.
Would-be dictators are exploiting military intervention, social divisions, disinformation, and political apathy to end the promise of democracy. For an eyeopener on some of these conflicts in Africa — the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, and Burundi – that might have missed your newsfeed, see this report from DW News.
Africa Agenda believes that we must act to reinforce democratic culture both in Africa and at home. It is, perhaps, common today to witness an explosion of online activism directed at authoritarian or autocratic regimes. But it is hard to know what is true or what the real challenges are.
This year’s Summit will be an opportunity to engage with a global community of peaceful organizers aiming for change on the continent that needs our solidarity and encouragement. We will reinforce our own strategies and consider how best to support our fellow citizens in Africa in their quest for enduring democracies that can whether the frontal assaults they are now experiencing.
We are also excited to shift gears from discussion focused on key topical questions to nuanced country discussions on about 15 African countries. Through an intimate dinner and dialogue, guests will be able to hear directly from leaders and organizations working in these countries and go deeper into the history, issues and opportunities to make a difference.
Now in our 7th year, Africa Agenda’s African Summit convenes these yearly gatherings in our community to support our global citizenship and to share in the contributions, triumphs, joys and challenges of African peoples both from 54 nations and in our community in Denver. The Summit continues to be a unique opportunity to participate in an African dialogue in the Rockies and celebrate the food, music and culture of the continent.