About ALAMAU 2020
ALA Model African Union 2020
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 ten 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.
2019 Conference Theme
'LEVERAGING AFRICA'S PROGRESS FOR SUSTAINED GROWTH'
The imperative to advance the continent’s socio-political and economic growth has been driving African nations since official independence. While pressure points remain, African states have undoubtedly made great strides in a number of areas. In order to achieve its fullest potential, the continent therefore needs to harness its opportunities and expand its most promising sectors. In this regard, Africa needs to leverage its progress in three key yet reinforcing areas: Economic Development, Social Welfare, and Governance and Regulations.
In terms of Economic Development, Africa is making headway in advancing intra-continental trade, highlighted by the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement to which African Union member states are submitting ratification instruments. Many states have also contributed towards policies for improved Social Welfare. This is exemplified by the work of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change, which has focused on mitigating effects of climate change on food insecurity. In the area of Governance and Regulations, in 2016 Africa scored the highest on its ‘Overall Governance’ rating according to the 2018 Ibrahim Forum Report titled ‘Public Service in Africa’. Democratic practices have been strengthened in countries such as Botswana, where a smooth transfer of power was conducted a year in advance of elections and where thirty-one year old Bogolo Kenewendo was appointed Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, indicating opportunities in governance roles for its youthful population.
It is evident that while economic, social and democratic advancements have been made, progress needs to be leveraged and replicated to enable concrete change on the continent. At ALAMAU 2019, we will be deep-diving into the ways in which African countries can positively influence each other to yield sustained growth.
ALAMAU in Numbers (2014-2018)