Former slaves and their descendants -- in particular women -- remain victims of severe discrimination in Mauritania. Hampered by illiteracy and poverty, they are excluded from political processes, unaware of their human rights, and subject to electoral manipulation. UNDEF funds a project to advance their political participation, strengthen their decision-making skills and build political dialogue. In November 2012, the project held training sessions in the province of Medbougou on organizational and leadership skills, social mobilization and advocacy.
Community radio plays a key role in upholding the rights of all groups as established in Ghana's 1992 Constitution. UNDEF funds an initiative to ensure that marginalized groups in rural Ghana have the radio frequencies they need to fully exercise their
constitutional right to communicate, and to make radio more participatory. The project, implemented by the Ghana Community Radio Network, includes a wide range of listening circles such as this one.
People of the Menja minority are scattered geographically throughout southwest Ethiopia, making them more vulnerable to social exclusion. UNDEF funds an initiative to integrate them into society, including through schools. Thanks to the project, implemented by Action Aid Ethiopia, Menja children in Telo District now interact fully with
others, where previously they were often not included in shared school materials,
How to build a stronger culture of democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after decades of chaos and corruption followed by the world's deadliest conflict since the Second World War? An UNDEF-backed project is training 700 local leaders to act as
multipliers in participatory local governance and human rights. Each multiplier will then go on to train hundreds of others, leading ultimately to almost 100,000 leaders trained. The project is implemented by the Organisation Paix Unité Réconciliation
Reconstruction, a local NGO.
How do the drums of peace sound after 12 years of civil war? In Burundi, the challenge is to keep addressing the divisive factors that drove the country's brutal armed conflict, while finding ways to nurture the country's fragile democracy. This performance by traditional drummers outside Bujumbura forms part of an UNDEFfunded project to bring communities together, while training women to take up leadership positions, and thus improve governance in the country as a whole. The project, titled 'Nawe Arashoboye!' or 'She can, too!', is implemented by Search for
UNDEF supports an initiative for higher standards of integrity in Africa’s electoral processes, resulting in the Accra Principles of Electoral Justice. In a project implemented by Tiri Integrity Action, the Principles were agreed to in Accra in 2011 by a diverse group including African chief justices, electoral leaders and civil society representatives. To apply the Principles in Sierra Leone’s November 2012 elections, Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission sought assistance from Dr.
Although recent Liberian elections have generally been pronounced free and fair by the international community, studies show that even more than a decade after the end of armed conflict, some voters vote out of fear and ignorance. This is particularly true of rural women and youth, many of whom are illiterate and have no access to civic or voter education. This, in turn, contributes to wider governance challenges and corruption.