Africa

Angola

Angola

​​Maka Angola

Maka Angola is an initiative dedicated to the struggle against corruption and to the defense of democracy in Angola, funded and directed by journalist Rafael Marques de Morais. Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights defender focused on investigating government corruption and abuses in the diamond industry. Mr. Marques was imprisoned for his work in 1999, for calling President Dos Santos a dictator in an article titled The Lipstick of Dictatorship, and released after international advocacy efforts on his behalf.

Cameroon

Our goal is to be the foremost Centre for human rights research in Africa. We have a vision and a mission to take the human rights movement to higher heights. We are committed not only to Human Rights issues but to the development of democracy as a political culture that advances human liberty and sets a fecund platform for the advancement of Human Rights.  These goals can be realised only by staying connected to the various communities at all times while working closely with other governmental and non-governmental institutions at national and international levels.

The Fomunyoh Foundation’s mission is to undertake charitable causes that can improve the quality of life of the Cameroonian people, and to assist and support people and organizations dedicated to the promotion of democracy and human rights in the Republic of Cameroon.

Buea

​​Human is Right

Human Is Right Cameroon (HSR-Cmr) is devoted to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights, rule of law and access to justice, democracy and peace in Cameroon and across Africa. HSR-Cmr is engaged in diverse human rights activities through projects and research aimed at building a strong culture of human rights in Cameroon.

Yaounde

​​NewSETA

NewSETA works with women, youth and key stakeholders to enhance (promote) democracy, peaceful co-existence and holistic development in Cameroon. NewSETA envisions a democratic, peaceful and inclusive society where vital stakeholders especially women and youths co-create and benefit from development.

Egypt

CIHRS is an independent regional human rights organisation aiming to spread and deeply root the culture of human rights in Arab societies, and promote respect for fundamental freedoms, democratic values, and human rights principles in the Arab region. CIHRS lends a credible and trusted voice to the human rights movement in the Arab region, strengthening its capacity during decades of political turmoil, economic hardship and protracted conflicts.

LDI’s work is inspired by a vision to see Egypt becoming a secure and stable liberal democratic state, where citizens enjoy civil rights, economic welfare, and freedom from fear of violent extremism and terrorism. The LDI helps to educate citizens by disseminating knowledge on basic civil rights guaranteed by the Egyptian constitution and international treaties on which Egypt is a signatory; It also empowers politically marginalised groups through on-hands training and involvement to play a political role in transforming Egypt; and it provides a dialogue between ordinary citizens and government officials on municipal and national levels to guarantee direct citizen involvement in the decision-making process.

Ethiopia

CARD aspires to see an Ethiopia where democratic culture flourishes on human rights values. It has been working to empower citizens and groups to ensure their ability to promote and defend human rights and build democratic governance in Ethiopia.

The Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections (CECOE) was established in 2019 with the aim of augmenting and coordinating the role of Ethiopian CSOs in election observation, monitoring, voter education and preventing post-electoral conflicts.

Gambia

The African Centre promotes human rights and democracy issues in the African continent through training, advocacy, networking, action-oriented research, publications and documentation.

The Centre for Research and Policy Development (CRPD) is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan social research, advocacy, learning and capacity building organization committed to promoting inclusive democratic governance in Gambia. CRPD is committed to working with grassroots, national and international actors to address the Gambia’s development challenges by generating and communicating research-based knowledge to help inform policies and interventions.

Ghana

Accra

​​Afrobarometer

Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan survey research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, the economy, and society.

Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED) is an NGO that seeks to empower women and youth for sustainable development in our communities. GenCED seeks to impact lives through educating masses on issues such as politics, climate change, economics and history. One such program Young Women Political Leadership school (YWPLS), which nurtures young people interested in leadership by giving them materials and building their confidence for enhanced political participation.

The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is an independent, not-for-profit research and advocacy think tank, working to advance democracy, good governance, and inclusive economic growth. CDD-Ghana works to complement the broader objectives of strengthening democratic governance, the principles of popular participation and the demand for public accountability. The Center harnesses the power of evidence-based research, ideas, partnerships to encourage dialogue, inform and influence public policy.

The institutes mission is to generate knowledge and enhance the capacity of citizens to influence public policy choices in order to consolidate democracy and good governance in Ghana and the rest of Africa. The Institute has led in introducing several innovative programs including the Governance Issue Forum Concept as a framework for promoting participatory bottom-up democracy in Ghana at the local level.

WADEMOS is a non-partisan, independent civil society-led transnational democracy solidarity network. WADEMOS mobilizes, coordinates, and leverages the collective power of civil society and other pro-democracy actors, resources, and opportunities within the West African Region to advance, defend, and reinvigorate democracy and promote democratic norms and reforms in the sub-region.

The West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON) is an independent, non-partisan and non-religious organization that aims at strengthening and supporting Citizens‘ Election Observation Groups (CEOGs) in the sub-region. WAEON comprises independent and non-partisan CEOGs in West Africa that subscribe to the Declaration of Global Principles for Non-partisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations. The network envisions a West Africa that is democratic, where governments are held accountable through regular and credible elections and citizens effectively participate in the electoral process through professional observation of elections.

Kenya

E-HORN envisions genuine democratic and peaceful elections realized by promoting regular, free and credible elections through strengthening and supporting non-partisan citizen observation and monitoring groups in the East and Horn of Africa. We seek to research and advocate for electoral standards and practices in the region based on international and regional standards.

Nairobi

​​The Youth Café

The Youth Café is a leading example of African Youth Governance Architecture. It is a platform for young people and youth-led organisations to interact with the world. A transparent, democratic, and accountable environment is what The Youth Café is all about. We are here to ensure that you are part of the decision-making process. It’s time for Africa’s young people to take control of their future.

Liberia

The Centre for Democratic Governance (CDG) is a pro-democracy advocacy, research, and organisational capacity development think tank that has been legally registered with the Government of Liberia since 2015. The vision of the CDG is a Liberia where policies and laws are responsive to the needs of citizens. In pursuit of this vision, the CDG has the following mission: to transform democratic and governance policies from a top-down approach to one that is reflective of citizens’ voices, views, and perspectives

IREDD’s mission is to make democracy work for the people of Liberia understanding the interdependence between economic empowerment and democratic participation of citizens as the surest way to promote sustainable democratic debates and dialogue gear towards building a functioning state.

Malawi

The Institute’s vision is to be a leading hub for knowledge production and dissemination in relevant policy processes and recognizable for excellence in research, advisory and consulting services in southern Africa and beyond.

Morocco

The Espace Associatif is a Moroccan association contributing to the strengthening and promotion of democratic development. The Associative Space has the following specific objectives:
 
To develop the expertise of associations and advocacy networks in their field of intervention through information, training and stimulation of reflection.
 
Strengthening the effectiveness of associations and networks by providing good governance tools and clarifying their strategic vision

Niger

The organisation provides alternative approaches to create a society that enjoys basic human rights, gender equality, youth development, solidarity between people and environmental preservation. Alternative uses all legal means, including public lectures, seminars, exhibitions, conferences, various publications, civic and environmental education, sporting and cultural activities, the media, travel, and demonstrations of solidarity.
 
Since the coup d’ètat in 2023 during which the country’s presidential guard removed and detained President Mohamed Bazoum the organisations website hasn’t been functioning however, more information about the group can be accessed on Facebook.

Nigeria

The Centre was established to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratization and development processes in West Africa, and to provide alternatives and best practices to the sustenance of democracy and development in the region. CDD envisions a West Africa that is democratically governed, economically integrated – promoting human security and people-centered development. The mission of the centre is to be the prime catalyst and facilitator for strategic analysis and capacity building for sustainable democracy and development in the West African sub-region.

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) is the foremost independent civil society election observation organization in Nigeria. The organization seeks to secure the highest standards in the administration of elections in Nigeria by ensuring that the election management body and the electorates carry out their responsibilities during elections in accordance with the Law and internationally recognized standards for free and fair elections. It also seeks to ensure that good governance is entrenched in Nigeria through responsible leadership. To do these, it conducts civic and voter education to enlighten Nigerians about their civic/ voting rights and responsibilities.

Abuja

​​Yiaga Africa

Yiaga seeks to build and support sustainable democracy and development anchored on the principles of inclusion, accountability, and justice through research, advocacy, and capacity development.

Youngstars Foundation is an African Youth NGO that is raising young people and building youth organizations to proactively improve leadership, democratic governance, gender equality and education in the continent. Starting in a local barber shop in Jos Plateau state in 1995, Youngstars has grown into a Pan African youth focused NGO. Since inception, Youngstars has conducted about 60 youth workshops directly and facilitated over 500 step down youth activities within and outside Nigeria. It has also produced & aired over two hundred television/ radio programs and produced several film documentaries

Abuja

​​YouthHubAfrica

YouthHubAfrica, using digital technology, social media and traditional media, works to bring awareness to issues that generally affect the well-being of young people in their society. Doing this results in the creation of well-informed citizens, who not only know their rights but stand up and hold the decision-makers accountable for the policies and laws that are unfavourable for them.

Rwanda

The African Democracy Forum (ADF) undertakes to achieve its mission of strengthening democracy and human rights movements in Africa through analysis and evaluation of the developments taking place within the content in conjunction with our members and other stakeholders.

Citizen Voice and Actions is a youth led non-governmental organization with a mission to empower citizens to become active members of inclusive Society in Rwanda and beyond. Citizen Voice and Actions employs various strategies to reach out to Girls and Youth and amplify their voices and actions through awareness raising, empowerment, mentorship and advocacy for meaningful participation in all decision-making spaces at all levels.

Senegal

Dakar

​​Africtivistes

Africtivistes is the union of bloggers and web-activists of the continent to promote and defend democratic values, human rights and good governance through digital platforms. Africtivistes is a monitoring body for democracy in all African countries. As such, the league is committed to intervening directly or advocating for the involvement of actors in the various processes of political and social change. It conducts and pilots development projects and citizen involvement in democratic mechanisms. It also develops strategies to monitor political leaders in their actions and in the fulfilment of their promises in order to encourage transparency and good governance.

Dakar

​​ONG-3D

The vision of the NGO 3D for development is expressed through three axes suggested by its name: Democracy, Local Development and Human Rights. The Democracy division aims to: promote open governance at national and local level, contribute to equitable and rational management of natural and financial resources and to contribute to the quantitative and qualitative participation of citizens in elections to better management of electoral processes.

Dakar

​​WATHI

WATHI, a civil society organization focusing on West Africa, intends to be an inclusive, multidisciplinary and innovative citizen think tank. WATHI offers an interactive platform to all interested and capable individuals concerned about West Africa’s future. This organization is for those who wish to contribute to the acceleration of the political, institutional, social, and cultural changes needed to make the region a better place. This change can occur through knowledge creation and dissemination, experience sharing, and collective action.

Sierra Leone

The objective of the organisation is to strengthen the network of local and national civil society elections observers, civic and electoral education, monitor national democratic processes to ensure transparent and acceptable outcomes. The organisation works with government and democratic institutions to stimulate an active citizenry whilst strengthen democratic governance.

South Africa

The African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) is a research unit dedicated to constructive but critical examination of questions of governance and development from a citizen-centred viewpoint, prioritising the role of grassroots organisations and movements in their quest for more inclusive, democratic policies.

The Centre for Research on Democracy (CREDO) at Stellenbosch University is an interdisciplinary academic centre with a global reach dedicated to the study and promotion of democracy and its values. Established in 2021, CREDO nevertheless builds on a 25-year long history of studying democracy in South Africa in a global perspective and is strengthened by a team of academic experts on Africa, South East Asia, MENA, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe. Disciplines represented within the centre include political science, international relations, economics, sociology, and history.

CIVICUS overarching goal is to strengthen civil society and citizen action for expanded civic and democratic space. The alliance works to protect the fundamental civic freedoms that allow us to speak out, organize and take action. CIVICUS do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. The organisation strives to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South, and have a growing alliance of more than 8000 members in more over 175 countries.

Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) is a southern African non-profit company focused on democracy development in the region. As an independent foundation, we build and promote inclusive, equitable and sustainable consensus democracies. We do so by providing tools, platforms and content to strengthen democrats, democratic culture and democracy institutions.

EISA is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks an African continent where democratic governance, human rights and citizen participation are upheld in a peaceful environment. EISA promotes credible elections, citizen participation, and strong political institutions for sustainable democracy in Africa.

The Innovation Foundation for Democracy is a pan-African non-profit organization whose aim is to contribute to the emergence of models of democracy rooted in African history, cultures and territories.

The Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa was established in 2017 to conduct empirical research into the factors that strengthen and sustain democracy across Africa. The group approaches the study of democracy from four broad directions: public opinion and voting behaviour, political parties and elected representatives, regional and international factors, and the consequences for public policy.

The IJR works towards its broad vision of building fair, inclusive, democratic and peaceful societies in Africa, and increasingly further abroad, by designing relevant and carefully crafted interventions that combine research, dialogue, capacity-building, advocacy, policy advice and implementation support. The IJR pursues this vision at the global, continental, regional and national levels.

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

Change Tanzania

Change Tanzania is born of social media as a Hashtag moving Tanzanians to action. The primary focus of Change Tanzania is the change of attitude (behavioural change) which seeks to positively empower every Tanzanian to feel that change of his/her environment is possible without external help or support. We monitor government activities and officials, question their actions and inactions while giving a platform to the voices of all citizens through peaceful citizen interactions with the state. Change Tanzania envisions a country ruled under true democracy where citizens hold the political power and their elected leaders represent their rights and interests in government.

Togo

The goal of CNSC Togo is to stimulate exchanges between national civil society organizations and to contribute to the advent of a rule of law and democracy in Togo. Its objectives are to involve civil society organizations in the search for a concerted solution for the construction of democracy in Togo; to create a synergy between the partner movements for the reinforcement of the structures of the civil society, the networking and the dynamisation of the social movements at the base.

Tunisia

Demos Tunisia is a forum for scholars, activists, practitioners, and decision-makers to engage in activities, conversations, workshops, teaching, conferences and debates that are geared towards the promotion of sustainable democracy and democratic sustainability (interchangeably). Its mantra is that solutions to the challenges for fledgling democracies in Tunisia and the wider Arab World must derive from the locale. Solutions will not come from overseas. They are continuously honed through ever-evolving skills of democratic learning and unlearning. Such pedagogic democratic processes represent dynamic interactions of inclusive, collective, local, global (cross-regional), new and old synergies invested into the healthy innovation and flourishing of good government at the levels of attitudes, values, thought, practice and institutions.

Uganda

The Foundation was formed in 2000 by a group of Youth to promote human rights in the Kabale district of Uganda. Over the past ten years its geographical scope has expanded and now NAFODU implements projects in western, eastern, central, and northern regions of the country. NAFODU aims to promote and strengthen democracy, human rights, good governance, and development in Uganda through Capacity Building, Empowerment, Grantmaking, training and information Dissemination.

Students for Global Democracy Uganda is a student-led nonprofit and non-partisan organisation founded in 2005 that inspires young people, principally students, to adopt and promote principles of leadership, good governance and sustainability with the goal of greater youth participation in democratic processes and sustainable development efforts in Uganda and the outside world. Given the needs of the Ugandan youth and student population in particular and a recent trend towards more active citizen engagement on governance issues in Uganda, SGD Uganda has set out to empower students and youth to participate effectively in the democratization process.