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The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) is an organization composed of 44 political parties from 30 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 activities
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
- Union pour la Majorité Républicain UMR
- Union pour la reconstruction du Congo UREC
- Parti de l'Unité et du Libéralisme Social PULS
- Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea UFDG
- Union of Republican Forces UFR
- Peace, Unity, and Development Party KULMIYE (observer)