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International IDEA and the African Union Commission sign MoU to renew their partnership and commitment to strengthen democratic governance in Africa

February 02, 2023

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes terms and conditions concerning their strategic partnership in strengthening continental capacities for democratic governance, effective electoral processes, political participation, conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding in collaboration with African Union Member States. The MoU was signed on Monday, 20 February 2023 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security signed on behalf of the AUC and International IDEA was represented by its Regional Director for Africa and West Asia Programme, Dr Roba D. Sharamo on behalf of International IDEA’s Secretary-General Kevin Casas-Zamora.

The MoU builds on the existing long-standing cooperation between International IDEA and AUC and asserts their strong commitment to improving democratic governance, political participation, electoral democracy, peacebuilding and stabilization initiatives in Africa. The MoU commits both parties to working together in the areas of political governance, peace and security and  to scale-up the synergetic implementation of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and other instruments including electoral support assistance, and evidence-based research and knowledge management through a smart partnership with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) /Regional Mechanisms (RMs), African governments and other nonstate actors. Furthermore, it provides a framework for supporting AU member states in building and strengthening democratic institutions, support countries undergoing political transition as well as strengthening early warning, response and conflict prevention mechanisms in close collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities and non-state actors. 



International IDEA Africa and West Asia Regional Director Roba D. Sharamo is available to talk to media. For media enquiries, please contact:

Sami Ahmed

Communications Officer

Tel:  00 251 993 329 817

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