July 12 – 13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted together with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Democratic Union of Africa (DUA) a Winter School for African youth. The conference was held in Kampala, Uganda, and aimed political active youth from centre-right political parties in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Sub-Saharan countries are today counted as an important future part for the world economy, but many of them still struggle with being swinging democracies where most of them are to be counted as weak. In many respects general elections are being held but the voice of the opposition is in most cases undermined through government-controlled media and corruption. It is therefore a very important task to strengthen the strong forces of those who believe in strong and independent African states with democracy, rule of law and market economy, and of those who oppose totalitarian tendencies.
The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held as a part of this, together with the WFD and the Conservative Party in the UK, a conference Kampala, Uganda, with representatives from member parties of the DUA. The conference focused on campaigning and intended to render the attendees communication and campaigning skills as well as on teaching the art of tackling media and press conferences. One part of the conference also focused on policy and party development.
Lecturers during the conference were Ms Chloe Smith, MP of the UK Parliament, and Mr James Cockram, Campaign Manager for the Somerset Conservatives. The conference was also visited by Mr Gregory Mugisha Muntu, President of Uganda’s opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Mr Peter Mac Manu, Honorary Chairman of DUA, and the present Chairman of DUA, Dr Kizza Besigye. The participants came from Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda.
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