Today, the Center for Young Leaders in Africa (CYLA) Zambia, in partnership with the Southern African Development Community Youth Network (SADCYN), launches a groundbreaking initiative in Zambia.
The project, titled “Promoting the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance (ACDEG) in Political Processes in Zambia,” aims to strengthen democracy, promote fair elections, and enhance good governance practices in the country. Zambia, as a signatory to the ACDEG, is committed to its principles, and this project is undertaken in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure its effective implementation.
In a statement issued by Lydia Doroba, program Assistant for Center for Young Leaders inAfrica, With the support of Democracy Works Foundation (DWF), the Charter Project Africa, and in partnership with the European Union, this initiative aims to raise awareness, understanding, and adherence to the principles outlined in the ACDEG within the context of Zambian leadership structures.
The key objectives of the project are to increase awareness and understanding among electoral stakeholders regarding the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance (ACDEG) and its principles, as well as to enhance citizens’ knowledge of their rights and responsibilities throughout the electoral cycle through effective information dissemination on various media platforms.
To achieve these objectives, the collaborative effort between CYLA-Zambia and SADCYN will involve CYLA network members, political parties, the media, selected local councils/councilors, and communities.
The project will be implemented over a period of 9 months, with regular progress updates and milestones shared with the public. It is expected to have a far-reaching impact on Zambia’s political landscape, ultimately contributing to a more vibrant and inclusive democracy in the country.
Promoting the ACDEG in political processes in Zambia represents a significant milestone in their journey towards building a stronger, more inclusive democracy.
By aligning their electoral processes with international standards and principles of democracy, they aim to create a more transparent and accountable political environment.
CYLA Zambia is a non-governmental organization that champions the inclusion and representation of young people in political parties and decision-making spaces at all levels.
CYLA’s vision is to see a Zambia in which empowered young political leaders advance social transformation, peaceful coexistence, and the consolidation of multiparty democracy. To achieve this vision, CYLA advocate, educate, and inspire young people to effect national and regional sustainable development through their programs.
SADCYN is an independent non-governmental, non-profit social organization that works with youth networks in good governance advocacy and youth and women empowerment in Water-Energy-Food (WEF) security, as well as environment and climate change.
SADCYN’s vision is to be a network of young experts in governance and WEF-Nexus. To achieve this vision, they provide capacity building to women and youth in reviewing and analyzing national WEF and governance policies to understand their implications on social and economic development.
SADCYN is committed to engaging young people and women in the promotion, domestication, and interpretation of all relevant treaties, development agendas, and protocols to which Zambia is a signatory.