The African Union and the Africa Leadership Foundation (ALF) today, 8 October 2021, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards, “Operationalizing joint programmes to enhance credibility in the management of elections and the advancement of good governance, peace and security in Africa”.
The MoU was signed by Amb. Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), on behalf of the Commission, and Dr Olumide Ajayi, Executive Director of the ALF. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Commissioner Bankole Adeoye emphasized the critical need for solid partnerships to entrench democratic governance, especially at a time when the abuse of constitutions and unconstitutional changes of government are rife. Dr. Ajayi on his part said, “We are very determined to work with the AU through PAPS to ensure that we create a better environment through appropriate deployment of sound election observation management, analytics, research, capacity building framework and engagement with stakeholders.”
The MoU which aims to strengthen cooperation between both institutions, is a mutual commitment to build on comparative advantages and complement efforts for more transparent and credible democratic societies in Africa.