Democratic Governance

One of the keys to Africa’s harmonious and sustainable development is the capacity of States to establish systems of governance based on the rule of law and respect for freedoms.
How can democratic commons be lastingly guaranteed when social inequalities persist in several countries?
How can greater civic participation be ensured for young people and women living in extreme poverty?
The progress achieved by many African countries in terms of governance since the 1990s is noteworthy and comprises democratic elections, greater freedom of expression, higher levels of civic participation, civil society involvement on a larger scale and greater representation of women in decision-making bodies.
Such progress has been achieved owing to action taken to promote education, raise awareness of democracy, peace and human rights, train community media and stakeholders and sensitize young people. These activities are all covered by UNESCO’s terms of reference.

Action of UNESCO

UNESCO has always been present in the field to guarantee fundamental rights and freedoms through educational, training and awareness-raising activities. It will continue its endeavor to promote freedom of expression, free access to information, respect for women’s rights, inclusive access to education for all, democracy and peace.

Back to top