African Civil Society, Business, and Government Launch Joint Initiative 

Country: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
February 1, 2018
Initiative Activity | News

This month, the World Movement for Democracy, Center for International Private Enterprise, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Center launched “Strengthening the Voice of Business to Support Democratic Governance,” a joint initiative to enhance collaborations among the private sector, civil society, and government.  At the eponymous event held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16-17, 2018, nearly 400 members representing the three sectors from 10 different countries came together to identify areas of collaboration for strengthening democratic governance to address issues of ethical governance, security, and economic and political inclusion of marginalized populations. Marking the importance of this initiative, three heads of state were in attendance including Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou as well Ministers and parliamentarians. At the conclusion of the event, the Ouagadougou Declaration was issued to outline guiding principles for the collaborations among the three sectors.  Learn more about the event and initiative here.