As part of RUSI's Advancing Africa series, Alan Doss, President of the Kofi Annan Foundation will address Africa's fragile landscape, threats to democracy and electoral integrity. His talk will centre on how to strengthen Africa's institutions that can better hold executive, legislative, judicial and electoral powers accountable.
PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED.
Africa is today witnessing democratic setbacks. Electoral constituencies are being gerrymandered, the control over electoral management bodies and judicial institutions manipulated, vote-buying, and the silencing of political oppositions, civil society and the media is being practised. Elections themselves have been marred by controversy, rigging and violence. There is also an increasing trend to introduce constitutional amendments that allow leadership incumbents to extend their terms in political power. At the same time, recent changes of leadership in Africa have signalled that citizen's demands for democracy and accountable institutions are becoming stronger.
Alan Doss is the President of the Kofi Annan Foundation. He spent his entire professional life in the United Nations working on peacekeeping, development and humanitarian assignments in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as at United Nations Headquarters in New York. His work with the UN included UN peacekeeping appointments as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Liberia and then in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sierra Leone and Principal Deputy Representative in Cote d'Ivoire. He is the author of the recently released book "A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People's Wars.