Resilient democracies in Africa

Virtual event, Tuesday 1 June 2021, 14:00-15:30 CET

Democracies around the world are under pressure. The economic and socio-political performance of democracy has been challenged by right-wing populist movements and the mismanagement of various global crises. The future of social democracy depends to a large extent on how we can build together resistant, resilient and efficient democracies, capable of facing the challenges of the future with our values?

The Progressive Alliance, together with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) are addressing this question by holding a series of debates at the regional level (Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America) with progressive figures from various backgrounds, before presenting their results in November 2021 during the Global Progressive Forum Conference.

We invite you to join us to share your comments, experiences and thoughts! 

Programme | Join live here

We debated the following questions:

  • What are the concrete pathways for democracy to become more resilient in your region so as to contribute to its longterm stability?
  • What is the impact of extra-regional actors on the pursuit of this objective?
  • How and which international actions, actors and alliances can support strengthening a model of resilient democracy in your region?


Nelson ChamisaPresident MDC-Alliance, Zimbabwe
Martin Ziguélé, President of the Central African People’s Liberation Movement (MLPC)
Patricia Nseya, Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), Congo


Thilo Schöne, FES Ivory Cost

Course of the meeting:

  1. Welcome by the Global Coordinator of the Progressive Alliance
  2. First interventions by the 3 speakers (10 minutes maximum)
  3. Interactive exchange between the speakers (30 minutes)
  4. Exchange with the participants
  5. Remarks by observers from the FEPS Young Academic Network
  6. First conclusions / way forward




Tuesday, 01 June 2021


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