African Good Governance Network (AGGN)

Max-Sebastian Obbarius

The African Good Governance Network (AGGN) supports a group of highly qualified academics from sub-Saharan Africa who promote the values of good governance and democratisation by advocating economic and political change in their home countries.

Background

Academics who have graduated abroad usually play a key role in the transformation process in their home countries. In this context, the DAAD supports the training of highly qualified African academics who have studied or are still studying in Germany. Members of the network take part in workshops on good governance, democracy and acquire relevant soft skills.

Programme objectives

The AGGN aims to accompany and support sustainable leadership change in Africa. Members of the network use the knowledge acquired for their professional careers and will thereby act as disseminators for good governance in their home countries. The programme also strives to win alumni from Africa as long-term partners for the DAAD and other German institutions.
In the medium term, the AGGN seeks to create a sustainable network that will independently promote local, regional, and transregional networking.

Funded measures and partners involved

The following measures are funded under the AGGN programme:

  • Up to four thematic workshops per year on topics related to political and administrative management and training to promote soft skills
  • Local meetings (regional chapters) held every year, which are largely independently organised and run by members who have returned to Africa
  • A big meeting of all network members every five years
  • Provision of travel allowances for conference participation
  • Support for small projects on the initiative of members

A framework agreement between the DAAD and the Arnold Bergsträsser Institute (ABI) to run thematic workshops in Germany has been concluded. The ABI also provides guidance to members who need help with applying for conference participation allowances or implementing small projects and manages the network’s homepage.

Results

Since the programme was launched, the network has become well-established and continues to expand. Every year, up to 20 new members may be admitted. Currently, the network has 120 members representing a wide variety of disciplines from 23 African countries. Women constitute 34 per cent of the members.

In 2015, four junior workshops and two regional meetings were organised by the network members in Africa.

In the meantime, about 66 per cent of members have returned to their home countries and are working in a variety of professional fields. For example, they work at higher education institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and political institutions. The seminar activities also led to ideas for scientific research and the civic engagement of members. This suggests that the AGGN members are indeed young African academics who will be able to contribute responsibly to the development of their home countries in top positions in the future.

An evaluation of the programme is planned for spring 2017.

Contact

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Department P31 Institution Building in Higher Education

Senior Desk Officer
Dr. Dorothee Weyler
Tel.: +49 228 882-115
Email: weyler@daad.de

Programme/Project Administrator
Sylvia Vogt
Tel.: +49 228 882-8709
Email: vogt@daad.de

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