About ALAMAU 2018

ALA Model African Union 2018

African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) is an annual leadership conference for young leaders around Africa and across the world, simulating the activities of the African Union. ALAMAU was established in 2013 as a platform for young leaders to develop implementable solutions to African development challenges through diplomacy and international cooperation, in a format inspired by the Model United Nations and the African Union.

Delegates to ALAMAU serve as representatives of various African governments on nine organs of the African Union, affording them the opportunity to study complex African issues, understand the positions of African countries, and learn to successfully negotiate without compromising national interests. By assuming the roles of African leaders, ALAMAU aims to empower young leaders to model international cooperation for development while celebrating diversity.

The conference experience will, however, not be limited to these committee sessions; through presentations by African Union officials and multi-sectoral experts, a diplomatic roundtable featuring ambassadors from several countries, educational tours to historic sites and a cultural night celebrating the continent’s diversity, delegates will experience a highly educative and stimulating conference. There will also be parallel sessions for educators who will participate in roundtable discussions with thought-leaders, and engage in peer learning to advance their knowledge of the continent.

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2017 Conference Theme

Enhancing Capacity, Accelerating Progress

Africa’s growth on several development indices over the past few decades has been evident for all to see; the gradual transition from autocracy to democracy, the rise in the middle class, the increasing literacy rate, the rapid growth of our economies, the increase in mobile connectivity and internet penetration, the gradual elevation of the place of women in society, and the emerging diversification of our economies beyond natural resources are all indications of the continent’s transformation. However, experts will argue that the pace of the continent’s growth is not fast enough. As we celebrate the milestones of our collective achievement, a glance around other emerging economies shows that most African countries are still not maximizing their potential to ensure comprehensive social, political and economic well-being for their citizens. In recognition of the need for the continent to accelerate its growth trajectory, the African Union has defined a 50-year road map to deliver on the aspirations of all African citizens for a peaceful, prosperous and integrated continent.

If the aspirations of “The Africa We Want”, outlined in Agenda 2063 will become reality, we must enhance our collective capacity to grow. We must focus on protecting, utilizing and maximizing our resources, whether they be physical, human, financial or intellectual; we need to revolutionize the ways in which we think about and use what we already have to ensure that we are not only self-sufficient in our production today, but that we build sustainably for the future. We must invest in strengthening the mechanisms of our growth, whether through futuristic education, massive investment in infrastructure, optimizing healthcare, or implementing good governance systems. The crux of development lies in exhaustively exploring our capacity as a continent, and it is in this manner that we will accelerate the actualization of Africa’s advancement.