Sessions on the Transition

STA 3 - Political and Democratic Transition

20 Nov

20 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Casablanca


National Human Rights Council

Tel: +212 537 72 22 07




At varying rates, since the late 1980s, many countries on the continent have undertaken diversified processes of political liberalization, affirming their commitment to building the rule of law, holding pluralist and free elections allowing peaceful alternation, guaranteeing independent and efficient justice and putting in place public policies in favour of equality and social justice. However, the various political transition modalities implemented are often criticised, in particular because of their difficulty in ensuring sustainable inclusive development, genuine political changeover and the emergence of local democracy. Nevertheless, modern constitutions have flourished here and there, marked in particular by the integration of various forms of participatory democracy and more or less advanced decentralization, giving rise to the emergence of local and regional authorities. At the same time, African civil societies also seem increasingly interested in taking action at the territorial level and inventing innovative ways of interacting with local political elites. The workshop will attempt to take stock of the state of political transitions at the national level and the experiences of decentralization/deconcentration at work and their capacity to strengthen participatory democracy and ensure sustainable territorial development. It is proposed to organize this session around five areas:
  1. Where are the political transitions in Africa? What place have they given to local, political and associative actors?
  2. What are the best African practices in terms of citizen participation at the local level?
  3. What additional means can be devised to strengthen the desire of elected officials to involve the population and civil society on the one hand, and to qualify civil society actors for better interaction with elected officials on the other?
  4. What are the challenges to democracy posed by corruption and mistrust in political representation?
  5. What is the role of local authorities in building African unity and the articulation between the local, national and continental levels?




The three-hour session will be structured in five stages:

  1. An introduction by the session chairperson to set the context and challenges and introduce the speakers
  2. Five presentations
  3. Exchanges with participants
  4. Answers from the speakers to the participants
  5. Adoption of resolutions and recommendations to be submitted to the political sessions


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