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#ALNwomen 2020 Graduate

The Africa Liberal Network is proud to announce the graduation of the alumni, who participated in the 2020 Women’s Leadership Programme. This is a total of 15 women, representing member parties of the Africa Liberal Network in Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, Sierre Leone, Burkina Faso, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.

The graduates of 2020 join the 2019 graduates and together, they make up a collective of 30 politically active women who have been developed by the network and our strategic partners, to campaign, contest and win elections internally in political parties and in public office.

On Tuesday 18 May, the #ALNwomen 2020 graduation culminated in all alumni, presenting their year-long individual development projects. A panel of 5 members individually scored each alumni’s presentation according to the content and the impact of the project.

The three (3) highest scoring graduates were Stenah Shampile from Zambia, Nereah Amondi Oketch from Kenya and Nadifa Osman from Somalia.














In his opening remarks of the graduation ceremony, Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo – in his capacity as President of the Africa Liberal Network said:

“As you all are aware, we are still battling with overcoming the health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. And it is for that reason, that we have not been able to convene this graduation ceremony in person.

Indeed, I am absolutely thrilled to be amongst all of you, on this very important occasion, as our 2020 Women’s Leadership Programme alumni present their individual leadership projects and thereafter graduate from the programme.

May I start by congratulating each and every one, for your continued commitment in the programme. I am aware that when the pandemic broke out in March 2020, the programme was amended and pursued online and all of you committed to 15 online workshops during weekends and continued to also connect in private one on one sessions with trainers and support experts. Thank you for committing to the cause.

I wish to also express gratitude to the Liberal Democrats and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, for making your online participation possible, by supporting each participant with a laptop and allowance for your access to data and the internet.

In my capacity as the President of the Africa Liberal Network, I look forward to our continued collaborations, to advance the inclusion of women in key decision-making roles and certainly in leading our communities and countries to development.

  • Recognising, the Africa Liberal Network and our member parties have an important responsibility to continue to support you on your political journeys and recognising the contributions you will each make to your communities, your political parties and the network at large
  • The Africa Liberal Network will continue to engage with each of you in programmes of diversity and inclusion, similar to the one we convened recently on 13 & 14 March, which was facilitated by Lidia Rauch of Bloom Enterprise. We look forward to bringing together, the #ALNwomen alumni of 2019 & 2020, to be the mentors and pillars of support to the 2021 Women Empowerment Programme participants, whom we will be meeting this week on Thursday 20 May & Friday 21 May 2021With you all, the network may access insights and guidance regarding the advancement of the sustainable development goal number 5, which seeks to achieve the human right of gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Together, we may consult the member parties of the Africa Liberal Network, to negotiate minimum standards for including and supporing more women through candidate selection processes and electoral colleges

Lastly, I wish to express gratitude to all the trainers, facilitators and experts, who have supported the programme with imparting skills to our 2020 graduates.


Thank you to you all.

Congratulations to the class of 2020!”



Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo and the Executive Committee of the network, continued to welcome the 15 participants of the revised Africa Liberal Women Empowerment Programme on Thursday 20 May 2021, where they were joined by the Secretary Generals of the member political parties and the expanded programme partners: the Africa Liberal Network (ALN), Liberal International, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for freedom, the Liberal Democrats, VVD International, D66 International and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.


M. Cellou Dalein Diallo

Le Réseau Libéral Africain a appris que M. Cellou Dalein Diallo, Président de l’UFDG et Vice-Président exécutif de l’Internationale Libérale, a été empêché de sortir du territoire national alors qu’il se rendait à Abidjan pour présenter les condoléances de l’Internationale Libérale et prendre part aux funérailles de feu Hamed Bakayoko, Premier Ministre de Côte d’Ivoire.


Il convient de noter qu’aucune décision, administrative ou judiciaire, ne justifiait cette interdiction de facto de sortie du territoire et que M. Diallo avait été confronté à la même situation lorsqu’il se rendait, le 30 décembre dernier à Bamako, pour prendre part aux obsèques de feu Soumaila Cissé, Président de l’URD.


Le Réseau Libéral Africain exprime sa profonde préoccupation face aux violations récurrentes des droits et libertés de l’UFDG, de notre parti membre et de ses cadres.

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Women Empowerment Programme

Africa Liberal Women Empowerment Programme

Call for Applications


Africa Liberal Women Empowerment Programme


Managed by the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) with the support of Liberal International, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for freedom, the Liberal Democrats, VVD International, D66 International and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.


Location: Hybrid (online and in person – dependent on COVID-19 and international travel regulations)

Africa Liberal Network (ALN) Secretariat Headquarters: Johannesburg, South Africa

Duration: May – December 2021


The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) is the alliance family of liberal democratic political parties operating in Africa. The network is an associate regional organisation of Liberal International and is the largest liberal political alliance on the continent, bringing together parties with common liberal, democratic and progressive ideas and operating in more than 30 countries. Its role is to strengthen the liberal democratic political parties, movements, organisations, networks, think-tanks and individuals throughout Africa while defining a common political vision to be communicated effectively to communities on the continent.


The Johannesburg-based Secretariat of the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) manages all network related activities, programmes and communication with all stakeholders.


The network’s mission is to support and empower political parties, movements, organisations, networks, think-tanks and individuals to grow their support and increase their influence in politics and implement policies of good governance and uphold the rule of law in government.


Diversity and inclusion is a priority for the Africa Liberal Network, thus the network launches the Africa Liberal Women Empowerment Programme, in collaboration with our member parties and strategic partners.


The Africa Liberal Women Empowerment Programme supports the advocacy of the UN Women, seeks to resuscitate the objectives outlined in the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), commits to the ideals of the Beijing Declaration and advocates to advance the objectives of the Africa Liberal Network’s Nairobi 2017 Declaration.





The Africa Liberal Women Empowerment Programme will be pursued as a two (2) pronged approach regional empowerment programme for women and the political parties they are members of.

Statement of Work: Promoting participatory democracy through women inclusion.

  1. Women: these are eligible members of political parties, in good standing. They are candidates intending to contest an internal position within their political party’s national decision-making structure, like the Federal (National) Executive. They can also be intending to contest a representative role in public office in a local or national government structure, like the city council, county assembly, constituency leader and member of parliament. They can also be intending to contest elected executive decision roles within regional organisations and institutions. All applicants to the programme must be endorsed by the respective political party federal (national) leader, chairperson, president or the federal (national) secretary general. All endorsements are understood by the programme managers as agreement that the programme applicant is to be considered to the programme, as a representative of her political party.


  1. Political party: all political parties of successful applicants are automatically successful to benefit from the programme. These are political parties who value human rights, the inclusion and support of women, gender parity and the impact that these principles have on the nature and levels of women’s participation in active politics and leadership in general. The political parties would benefit from strategic workshops with international and qualified knowledge experts in the fields of including and supporting more women in decision making, election campaign strategies, micro and macro prospect voter targeting, communication & marketing and exclusive fundraising & networking.


All independent candidates will be assessed according to the political context of the country of origin or contestation. Participation in the programme is FREE of charge.





What you and your political party can gain from the programme:


Objective 1: To equip and develop active women to engage in political and civic leadership across all sectors at the local, national and international level. To encourage and enable women to contribute their views and vision in an informed, effective and meaningful way.


Objective 2: To engage inclusive political parties and their leading decision makers.


  • Support active women to advance to their next level: the programme empowers women and political parties to play a more impactful role in their nation’s efforts to stabilise democracy and evolve responsive governance;


  • Encourage women leaders: the programme aims to empower active women to ascend to decision making portfolios in order to bring in diverse perspectives at decision making platforms and to aim at improving gender balanced representation in political party leadership structures and in legislatures (public office);


  • Evolve the capacity of women leaders: through targeted career guidance and life coaching, the programme invests in the women’s natural talents and unique abilities to generate effective and sustainable policy proposals and monitor their inputs and implementation;


  • Initiate a link between political party candidate selection processes and programme alumni: through the programme, initiate a bridge to negotiate policies and structural processes for candidate selection within inclusive political parties.



Programme Outline:

  • Four (4) empowerment workshops covering a range of leadership empowerment methodologies, to provide all the critical skills and knowledge necessary to successfully campaign. These include: political ideology, democratic institutions/ legislature, advocacy/ issue driving, personal leadership and building your story, public speaking, social media, traditional media, personal branding, fundraising, organization and volunteer management, data, research and voter targeting;
  • One (1) Africa-Europe exchange workshop initiated by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for freedom;
  • Facilitated workshops with key decision makers in liberal political parties;
  • Each successful participant to pursue an individual development project, during May – December 2021. This can be tailored around an identified issue in your community, country or political party;
  • One (1) graduation and certification workshop at the end of the programme, in December 2021 (all elements of the programme must be completed, in order to graduate from the programme).



Who is eligeable to apply:

  1. Active members of the Africa Liberal Network member parties;
  2. You will be contesting an election during 2022 – 2024;
  3. First time and returning aspirants who are committed to contest an elected position;
  4. Ability to work in English or French;
  5. Committed to initiate and lead an issue driving individual development project during 2021;
  6. You’re Between the age of 25 – 55 years.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application form in English or French;
  2. e-Mail a clear face picture of yourself;
  3. e-Mail a biography of yourself (500 words);
  4. e-Mail your updated resume (3 pages);
  5. e-Mail a copy of your valid passport;
  6. e-Mail an endorsement support letter signed by your political party federal (national) leader, chairperson, president or the federal (national) secretary general;
  7. Submit your application and accompanying documents by 23:59 GMT of 4 April 2021.


What is expected from successful participants?


During the programme:

  • Fully commit to and engage with all elements of the programme;
  • Manage, report and complete the individual development project;
  • Be available to learn and discover your personal leadership style. Be open to pursue challenges, open to new ideas and internalize knowledge.


After graduating:

  • When called upon, be available as a co-facilitator for future programmes;
  • When called upon, be available to advise the future of the programme;
  • Be available for peer-to-peer exchange programmes;
  • Become an active participant of the alumni network and to share knowledge and experience where appropriate, as well as keeping the network informed about your successes and achievements.



Contact Person:

Coordinator: Africa Liberal Network (ALN)
Name: Nangamso Kwinana
Mobile: +27 73 707 8513

Apply HERE:







International Women’s Day

On this memorable day, 8 March 2021, I would like to pay a vibrant tribute to our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. Indeed, this International Women’s Day consecrates women’s rights won through hard struggle and takes on a special cachet, especially in Africa.

At the continent level, I would wish to focus on the theme: “Financial inclusion through digital technology for women’s economic development: challenges and prospects”.

At the international level, this year’s theme, “Female Leadership: For an Equal Future in the World of Covid-19”. The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, and the flagship Generation Equality campaign, which calls for women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end all forms of violence against women and girls, and health-care services that respond to their needs.

I am fully committed to this.

On this International Women’s Day, I pay tribute to our women for their contribution to the development and sustainability of our world. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted how women surpassed the performance of men, as leaders in government.

From Africa to Asia to Europe to America, we have seen women at the forefront during extremely difficult and challenging times.

Nothing great can be built without women.

On this day, I would like to pay a vibrant tribute to HER.

Me Me Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo
President: Africa Liberal Network

Resolution to postpone the General Assembly 2021

The African Liberal Network,

Taking into account its Constitution adopted on November 29, 2014;
Considering the Johannesburg Declaration of 2016;
Considering the Liberal Manifesto for Africa;
Considering the Constitutional Review Commission of 15 February 2020;

Noting that the network convenes during the first quarter of each year, the General Assembly which is a mandatory meeting for all members of the network under the chairmanship of its President.

As the supreme decision-making body of the network, the General Assembly is responsible for taking the decisions that guide the work of the network, including but not limited to:

The examination and voting of motions to amend the statutes or their appendices;
The examination and voting of applications for membership or motions to suspend or revoke members;
The proposal, approval or adoption of the schedule of activities for a specified period of time;
The consideration and vote on any motion presented by a member;
The election of the Executive Committee in accordance with this Constitution;
Any other decision necessary for the operation of the Network or the achievement of its objectives.

Noting that the 2021 General Assembly is an elective GA,

Noting the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) over the past 12 months that has affected all spheres of life, governments and businesses.

Noting that the pandemic has forced governments around the world to impose lock-in measures and several other restrictions, including international travel, making it difficult for our members to gather in one place.

The Executive Committee following its meetings on Wednesday, January 20 and 27, 2021, during which it considered other options for holding the General Assembly through an online meeting using applications such as Zoom, which have their own challenges given the limitations of digital communication on our continent,

After having reached the conclusion that this could not entirely replace a properly convened General Assembly, moreover, an elective General Assembly,

Examining at its meeting on Monday, February 22, 2021, the conclusions of the recommendations of the consultation missions by letter of February 8, 2021 from the President to the leaders of the member parties,

Having considered all the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization (WHO);

Having reviewed all guidelines provided by the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC);

The Executive Committee and the leaders of the political parties of the African Liberal Network decide to postpone the General Assembly from 2021 to 2022:


The duly mandated executive members of the African Liberal Network decide, through consultative engagements, as of February 16, 2021, to support the considerations of the Executive Committee and to postpone the elective General Assembly from 2021 to 2022.

By this resolution, it confirms the postponement of the elective General Assembly from 2021 to 2022.


March 2, 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa


Résolution portant report de l’Assemblée Générale 2021

Le Réseau Libéral Africain,

Tenant compte de sa Constitution adoptée le 29 Novembre 2014;
Considérant la Déclaration de Johannesburg de 2016;
Considérant le Manifeste Libéral pour l’Afrique;
Considérant la Commission de Révision Constitutionnelle du 15 Février 2020;

Constatant que le réseau convoque chaque année, au cours du premier trimestre, l’Assemblée Générale, réunion obligatoire de tous les membres du réseau sous la présidence de son Président.

En tant qu’organe décisionnel suprême du réseau, l’Assemblée Générale est chargée de prendre les décisions qui guident le travail du réseau, notamment mais pas exclusivement:

L’examen et le vote des motions visant à modifier les statuts ou leurs annexes;
L’examen et le vote des demandes d’adhésion ou des motions de suspension ou de révocation des membres;
Proposer, approuver ou adopter un calendrier d’activités pour une période déterminée;
Examiner et voter sur toute motion présentée par un membre;
Elire le Comité Exécutif conformément à la présente constitution;
Prendre toute autre décision nécessaire au fonctionnement du Réseau ou à la réalisation de ses objectifs.

Constatant que l’Assemblée Générale 2021 est une AG élective,

Notant les défis présentés par la pandémie de coronavirus (COVID-19) au cours des 12 derniers mois qui a touché toutes les sphères de la vie, les gouvernements et les entreprises.

Constatant que la pandémie a obligé les gouvernements du monde entier à imposer des mesures de verrouillage et plusieurs autres restrictions, y compris les voyages internationaux, ce qui a rendu difficile le rassemblement de nos membres en un seul endroit.

Le Comité Exécutif suite à  ses réunions des mercredis 20 et 27 Janvier 2021, au cours desquelles, il a envisagé d’autres options pour la tenue de l’Assemblée Générale par le biais d’une réunion en ligne en utilisant des applications telles que Zoom qui ont leurs propres défis étant donné les limites de la communication numérique sur notre continent,

Après avoir abouti à la conclusion que cela ne pourrait pas remplacer entièrement une Assemblée Générale correctement convoquée de surcroît une Assemblée Générale élective,

Examinant lors de sa réunion du lundi 22 février 2021, les conclusions des recommandations des missions de consultation par lettre du 8 février 2021 du Président aux dirigeants des partis membres,

Ayant examiné toutes les directives communiquées par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS);

Après avoir examiné toutes les directives communiquées par les Centres africains de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (Africa CDC);

Le Comité exécutif et les dirigeants des partis politiques du Réseau Libéral Africain décident de reporter l’Assemblée Générale de 2021 à 2022:

En conséquence,

Les membres exécutifs dûment mandatés du Réseau des Libéraux Africains décident, par le biais d’engagements consultatifs, arrêtés à la date du 16 février 2021, d’appuyer les considérations du Comité exécutif et de reporter l’Assemblée générale élective de 2021 à 2022.

Par cette résolution, elle consacre le report de l’Assemblée Générale élective de 2021 à 2022.

2 Mars 2021
Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud


Président Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo présente ses condoléances à la famille du Président Soumaïla Cissé et à son parti.

Me Gilbert Noël OUEDRAOGO présente ses condoléances à la famille du Président Soumaïla Cissé et à son parti.

Ce dimanche 7 Février 2021, en sa qualité de  Président du Réseau Libéral Africain (RLA),  le Président Gilbert Noël OUEDRAOGO, accompagné  du Vice-Président Afrique de l’ouest du RLA, M. Ousmane Ben Fana TRAORE, du Ministre Bocar DIARRA, et des Représentants de l’APR, du RHDP et de l’UFDG au Mali, a présenté ses condoléances les plus attristées à la famille du Président Soumaïla Cissé et à son parti.

Reçu au domicile du défunt à Bamako, Me Gilbert Noël OUEDRAOGO a  assuré la famille biologique et politique de la totale solidarité de la famille libérale et de l’internationale libérale,  en ces moments de dures épreuves.

Le Président Gilbert Noël OUÉDRAOGO a salué la grandeur de l’homme que  le Mali, l’Afrique et le monde ont perdu.

Ayant apprécié cette marque de solidarité, en présence de l’épouse, des enfants, du grand frère, des sœurs et des camarades politiques de Soumaïla Cissé, le Secrétaire Général du parti et porte parole, a salué ce geste rempli d’amour et de fraternité. Pour cela, il a traduit les remerciements de la famille au Président du Réseau Libéral Africain pour sa sollicitude.

Avant de prendre congé auprès de la famille, le Président a été invité à signer le livre d’or, en la mémoire de l’illustre disparu.


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Republic of Congo 2021 Elections

The presidential election will take place on the 17 March for all the public force servants and on the 21 March, the citizens will cast their vote for the general and presidential election in the Republic of Congo, which will be crucial for the future of the country.

The Africa Liberal Network takes this opportunity to give its full and complete support to President Guy Brice Parfait Kolélas, candidate of the Union of Human Democrats-YUKI (UDH-YUKI).

The Africa Liberal Network is convinced that the candidacy of the President of the UDH-YUKI is a concrete embodiment of the change so legitimately desired by the Congolese people. Furthermore, the Africa Liberal Network has no doubt whatsoever about the will and determination of President Guy Brice Parfait Kolélas, to carry out the profound political and economic reforms that are necessary to establish a liberal democracy and an inclusive and diversified economy for the general interest of the population.

The network strongly hopes that this election will take place freely, transparently and in a climate of peace.

Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo
President: Africa Liberal Network


The ALN, LI and FNF call for democracy and human rights to be respected in Uganda

The Africa Liberal Network (ALN), Liberal International (LI) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for freedom (FNF) are deeply concerned by the continued human rights violations in the run-up to the presidential and parliamentary elections in Uganda, taking place on 14 January 2021. These violations include arbitrary arrests, detention, and torture. Reports indicate that many covid-19 restrictions have been enforced selectively, to curtail the political participation of the opposition.

Leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu MP, known as Bobi Wine, and his supporters have consistently been the main target of these political attacks. At least 55 people have been killed in the past month during protests against the repeated arrests and detentions of him and other opposition candidates.

Bobi Wine, a popular singer, received the Africa Freedom Price 2019 from FNF. His party recently engaged in the Political Startup Incubator (PSI) project*.

We call on sitting President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for the past 35 years, and the Ugandan security forces to immediately cease all anti-democratic attacks on the legitimate political opposition, and to allow the people of Uganda to have their say in the future of their country. Further, we urge the international community – including the African Union and the European Union – to speak out to condemn and take action to prevent such brutal violations, and to hold the culprits responsible when they take place.


  • Dr Hakima el Haité, President of Liberal International
  • Professor Karl Heinz Paqué, Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Deputy President of Liberal International
  • Astrid Thors, LI VP and Chair of the LI Human Rights Committee (HRC)
  • Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo, President of the Africa Liberal Network (ALN)
  • Gyde Jensen MP, Chair of the Bundestag Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and LI HRC member
  • Darren Bergman MP, Shadow Minister of International Relations for South Africa and member of the LI HRC
  • Rose Sakala, LI HRC member and ALN Vice President for Southern Africa

* a joint initiative of Liberal International, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the Innovation in Politics Institute with the support of the Africa Liberal Network that seeks to equip liberal democratic political startups with the skills they need to win elections.

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