RETHINKING AFRICA CONVENING: PEACE, MIGRATION, AND SECURITY
Rethinking Africa’s potential – Building the foundation for peace and a secured Africa.
25th & 26th February 2021 (an online event)
Rethinking Africa Convening (RAC) is an organization formed by members of the Global Leadership Academy (GLAC) Africa with the purpose of Rethinking Africa’s potential and building the foundation for peace and a secured Africa.
Rethinking Africa Convening (RAC) aims at mobilizing the African community and African diaspora to exchange on priority cross-cutting issues facing the continent especially emerging threats to peace and stability in African countries within the African context. RAC offers opportunities for diverse African voices to be heard and creates a platform to co-create solutions and develop answers to questions dealing with conflict in Africa. RAC provides spaces for inspiration, peer-support, and leadership and addresses the leader-shift needed for the continental transformation.
The African community of the Global Leadership Academy (GLAC Africa) belongs to a global community of professionals (GLAC Global Community). Its members are characterized by their strong local knowledge, technical grounding, and experience in Africa. They are committed to unlock Africa’s immense potential and contribute to the development and growth of the continent while building a generation of conscious Africans who will raise the bar in their ambitions, their work, and the common environment.
We believe that change will come through work, commitment, and willpower to collectively tackle the issues facing the continent, and every action, every voice is of precious value. The RAC is an opportunity for engagement, knowledge, and experience sharing, inspiring practical action and impact on the ground.
RAC works by:
- Engaging and exchanging with frontline peace leaders and changemakers and add our voices for Africa’s future on key issues facing the continent.
- Creating spaces for collaboration, peer learning, and mentorship amongst us and with relevant actors and institutions working in our focal areas within Africa and globally.
- Contributing to public debate and take an active part in creating solutions and answers to these pressing issues in a collaborative way
- As part of its programs, RAC is organizing on the 25th and 26th February 2021, an online event to discuss the following topics:
- Human insecurity and the enigma of electoral integrity and democratic violence: role of leaders and culture to prevent regional and identity-based violence in Africa
- Exploring the impact of human trafficking and migration on human security in Africa: state of the issue, Covid-19 perspectives, and role of the diaspora
For the occasion, the Executive Director of APNAC, Mr. Fabrice FIFONSI is being identified to give the keynote speech on the 25th February tackling the aspect of the human insecurity-the enigma of electoral integrity-the democratic violence… The conversation starts each day at 1 PM (GMT) and is intended to run for two hours with panel discussions and fishing bowls of ideas and concrete projects.
You can join the event by registering using the following link:
As a reminder, in 2019 the GDL hosted its 10th and 11th Labs in Accra, Ghana, and Berlin, Germany respectively focusing on “Global Power Shifts: Political and Economic Inclusion for the Next Generation. Collaborating to Realise the Potential of the Demographic Dividend.” The question of how to support the harnessing of Africa’s potential demographic dividend through international collaboration was the challenge of the 2019 Curriculum. Among some of the issues that were identified as challenges in fostering collaboration towards a demographic dividend in Africa were the need for strategic diversity management, trustworthy cooperation between Europe and Africa, more effective use of data, and building more inclusive and equitable African cities. For more details on the outcomes of the lab follow this link.
One of the key outcomes of this process was the development of a Compendium of essays by GDL members on global lessons, opportunities, and dynamics related to youth and population dynamics including the demographic transition currently occurring in Africa. This book was launched on the 29th of January this year 2021 and now offers an opportunity for deeper engagement on perspectives shared by the contributors.
The Rethinking Africa Convening, hosted by the Global Leadership Academy, will bring together various networks, experts, and actors on the 25th and 26th of February around addressing some of the emerging challenges and opportunities in Africa particularly in the areas of Peace, Migration, and Security. We believe such complex issues and within the COVID-19 era, cannot be engaged effectively without considering the impacts, challenges, and opportunities of the growing youth population on the continent.
Therefore, building upon the Global Diplomacy Lab’s 2019 curriculum and the recently published compendium of essays on the demographic dividend, we propose to host a panel at the Rethinking Africa Convening, where we will begin to explore the question of the impact of Africa’s population growth on human insecurity, electoral integrity, and democratic violence.