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An IGAD training workshop on Democracy and Governance organized by the Political Affairs Program under the Peace and Security Division in collaboration with the Political Affairs Department of the African Union Commission kicked off on 13 November 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The training workshop was organized for Parliamentarians of IGAD member States. As IGAD is gender sensitive organization, separate invitation was extended to the Gender Affairs Committees in the respective National Parliaments to ensure their participation.


The workshop was officially opened by Hon. Jakoyo Midiwo Representative of National Parliament of the Republic of Kenya. Opening remarks were delivered by Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, IGAD Executive Secretary, and by the representative of the AFRICAN Union Commission, Mr. Mbari Calixte Aristide.

The three days training workshop is aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of the national Parliaments of IGAD member States in the area of Democracy, Governance and Election. The training is conducted based on the African Union Commission Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance.

The Charter was adopted on January 30, 2007 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and entered into force on February 15, 2012.

The opening was attended by Parliamentarians from Republic of Djibouti, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Republic of Sudan, the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Uganda.

Done on 13th of November 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya

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