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The Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa brings together African and non-African actors committed to both thinking and acting, people committed to promoting—in Africa and across the world—a dialogue on the management of public affairs in Africa. Since 2003, the Alliance has been actively involved in the ‘Dialogues on governance in Africa: Decentralisation and regional integration’ network. This network was created in 1999 at the initiative of a number of well-known Africans, most of whom had held leadership positions in their countries and had noted—from within African society—how Africans themselves had no control of the processes working to change African societies and the world at large. This was because the inadequate means of governance—that had been imported from non-African countries voluntarily or by force—were unsuited to meeting the needs of Africans and further weakened Africa’s capacity to meet the challenges of globalisation.

Alliance members at the Forum on governance co-organised with the African Union.


The Alliance’s mission is to help build a governance project that is not just specifically for Africa, but that is also designed by Africans and deeply rooted in African realities.

As a result, the Alliance has set itself a number of objectives:

  • Set up a public inter-African space for dialogue and reflection on governance;
    Design proposals for changing the management of public affairs in Africa and encourage discussion of these proposals;
  • Mobilise State and non-State actors in initiatives for effective rebuilding of governance in Africa;
  • Participate in discussions concerning governance in Africa and across the world.
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7th Global Forum

From left to right: Mr Ousmane Sy (Alliance coordinator), Mr Henrique Pereira (Chairman of the Board of the Alliance) and Mr Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi (SG of UCLGA)


View the document Charter creating the Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa

View the document The booklet of the Alliance

View the document From Network to Alliance: why and how ?