Objectives and Principles


a) Accelerate the ratification, domestication, implementation and monitoring of African Shared values instrument

b) Deepen synergy, coordination, cooperation and harmonisation of shared values instruments among AU organs, institutions and RECs on democracy, governance, human rights and humanitarian affairs.

c) Enhance the capacity of AU organs, institutions and RECs to support Member States to strengthen governance and consolidate democracy through implementation of shared values agenda

d) Enhance popular participation and citizen engagement in attainment of democracy, governance and respect for human and peoples’ rights

e) Coordinate evaluation and reporting on implementation and compliance with AU norms on governance and democracy as envisaged by article 44, 45 and 49 of the ACDEG.

f) Foster dialogue and share comparable lessons on trends, challenges, opportunities and prospects for improving governance and democracy among Member States

g) Generate, manage and disseminate knowledge on African shared values agenda, good governance and democracy in Africa.

h) Facilitate joint engagement and deepen synergy with the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) in strategic interventions: preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention and post-conflict, reconstruction and development in Africa.

Guiding Principles

The following principles are derived from AU Shared Values particularly the Constitutive Act and the African Charter on Elections, Governance and Democracy.

a) Effective participation of the African peoples in strengthening and consolidating democratic governance in Member States and continental affairs;

b) Respect for democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governance;

c) Holding of regular, transparent, free and fair elections;

d) Promotion of the principle of separation of powers;

e) Promotion of gender equality and youth empowerment;

f) Promotion of transparency and fairness in the management of public affairs;

g) Condemnation and rejection of acts of corruption, related offenses and impunity;

h) Condemnation and rejection of unconstitutional changes of governments.

i) Strengthening political pluralism and recognizing the role, rights and responsibilities of legally constituted political parties, including opposition political parties.

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