Third High-Level Dialogue on Democratic Governance in Africa

On 30 and 31 October, the Third High-Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa was held in Dakar (Senegal).The central topic of the conference was ‘Silencing the guns: strengthening governance to prevent, manage and resolve conflict in Africa’. The main aim was to explore the structural causes of conflicts in Africa and to propose political measures by which governance systems may be strengthened in order to face the violent conflicts in the continent.


The results that it is hoped the session will produce, to achieve a conflict-free and democratically governed continent, were strengthening the role of decentralisation and local governance as vehicles to achieve citizens’ participation in a society with the right to decision making.


The Dialogue was organised by the African Union Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme, the African Governance Institute and the government of the Republic of Senegal, with the support of Germany, through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.