The ALN is proud to announce that the network’s upcoming 13th General Assembly will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 22-25 March 2017. Hosted by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and under the theme Liberals in Cooperation: Coalitions, Negotiations, and Democratic Collaboration, the 2017 General Assembly focuses on cooperation among liberals in Africa. Our sessions will emphasise the need for increased collaboration among liberal democrats not only across the continent, but also within our respective countries.
With the rise of militant populism, authoritarianism, religious extremism, and other anti-democratic and illiberal ideologies, it is crucial that liberals work together to ensure a future of freedom for all Africans. Never before has the need for liberals to stand united in their principles been so great, with so very much at stake for the continent’s prosperous development and advancement.
Collaborating as liberals and democrats builds towards a brighter future for our countries and the continent. It is this future which must be built for our youth, and of which they are the main stakeholders; the future truly is in their hands. With this in mind, the 2017 General Assembly will also hold a strong focus on young people, increasing their roles and participation in political life, and providing a space for the innovative approaches provided by Africa’s youth. The newly-elected Advisory Youth Council (AYC) will hold its own session at the General Assembly, outlining its vision and mission in promoting liberal democracy as a beacon of hope for Africa’s young people.
The network’s members will also be welcomed by our host party, the Orange Democratic Movement. The ODM hosts the General Assembly at a pivotal time in Kenyan history, with the upcoming August 8th 2017 nationwide elections set to take place after receiving support from the ALN’s Campaign and Organisational Development Unit throughout the year.
The ALN expresses its gratitude towards its partners for the event, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), the UK Liberal Democrats, the Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD), and the International Democratic Initiative of D66.
Invitations and delegate nomination forms have been sent to all political party members of the ALN. For further information or to learn more about participating in the event, please contact the ALN Secretariat:
Luke Akal (Coordinator)