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The Africa Liberal Network (ALN; French: Réseau libéral africain) is an organization composed of 47 political parties from 29 countries in Africa. It is an associated organisation of Liberal International, the political family to which liberal democratic parties belong. The ALN serves to promote liberal objectives and principles throughout the continent.
Parties involved in the ALN agree to a policy stating that they: exist to ensure the freedom and dignity of all people through; establishing political and civil rights, ensuring basic freedoms, the rule of law, democratic government based on free and fair elections with peaceful transition, ensuring religious, gender, and minority rights, fighting corruption, and establishing free market economies.
The network developed from what was originally the Organisation of African Liberal Parties and was established during an initial meeting of parties in Mombasa, Kenya, in July 2001. It was formally launched at a subsequent meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, in June 2003. This meeting adopted the Johannesburg Declaration, committing the parties to core liberal democratic principles. The network is now run from the Democratic Alliance headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy primarily supports the ALN, and since its inception it has maintained a mutually beneficial relationship with other partners. To ensure sustainability the ALN is seeking to diversity and broaden its support and partnership base to include other institutions.
The Africa Liberal Network's objectives are:
- Facilitate the development and growth of Liberal Democratic parties.
- Encourage solidarity among member parties with the aim of assisting them to achieve power through democratic means.
- Establish an alliance of like-minded Liberal Democratic parties in Africa for sharing information and experiences.
Projects and activitiesEdit
The ALN's projects focus on: coordination and leadership meetings; election/campaign support; policy development; party organisation and development; political education, civic awareness, voter education and registration; joint policy positions; training seminars, workshops; gender and youth mainstreaming; information and Skills exchange through visits, website, bulletin, publications, research.
- Alliance for Democracy and Federation-African Democratic Rally ADF-RDA
- Union for Progress and Reform UPC
- National Alliance of Democrats for Reconstruction ANADER
- Alliance pour le renouveau au Congo ARC
- Parti national pour la réforme PNR
- Peuple au Service de la Nation PSN
- Union pour la Majorité Républicain UMR
- Union des Démocrates Humanistes UDH-Yuki
- Parti de l'Unité et du Libéralisme Social PULS
- Rassemblement pour la République RPR (application under review)
- Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea UFDG
- Union of Republican Forces UFR
- Parti citoyen pour le renouveau PCR
- Party for Economic Development and Solidarity PDES
- Union for the Republic and Democracy URD
- Rassemblement pour la Mauritanie RPM-Temam
- Mouvement pour la renaissance du Niger MRN-NIYYA