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About Alliance for Democracy in Africa (Gambia)

Alliance for Democracy in Africa, Gambia Alliance for Democracy in Africa (Gambia) Based in The Gambia, the Alliance for Democracy in Africa (ADA) is an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental, tax exempt 501(c)(3) membership organization that is dedicated to promoting democracy by encouraging Africans, particularly women and children, to internalize and practise democratic values in their societies. The organization was founded in May 2000 and opened a West Africa Regional Office in The Gambia in June 2001. Alliance for Democracy in Africa (ADA) is a tax exempt nonprofit organization working to encourage Africans, particularly children and youth, to study, internalize and practice the values of democracy in their societies. The organization is not an affiliate of any political party, nor will it affiliate with any political party in Africa, or any other country. In many African countries advocates of democracy lack both institutions for and experience with democratic practice. Alliance for Democracy in Africa will ally with a global network of volunteer experts to provide practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values and practices. The organization will work with democrats in African countries to build civic organizations and promote citizen participation. The organization will work with advocates of democracy to end conflict and promote peaceful political change. Both historical and current perspectives in Africa have shown that the absence of democracy breeds conflict within societies and among nations. Therefore, democracy building programs in Africa are an investment in peace. The organization will not impose solutions nor will it advocate that one democratic system can be replicated in another country. Instead, the organization will share experiences and offer a range of options so that leaders can adapt practices and institutions that work best for their situation. Alliance for Democracy in Africa will also provide citizens and their elected representatives resource materials, consultations and training on the practical tools of democracy.
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