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ADAPT initiative: US bolsters democracy in Africa


Washington DC, 4 January 2024 (TDI): On January 4, the US announced the African Democratic and Political Transitions (ADAPT) initiative to bolster democracy in Africa. The purpose is to pilot new ways of working in complex political transitions.

The US Bureau of African Affairs released a written statement that said, “The initiative reaffirms the US commitment to engage with complex political transitions in Africa.” Moreover, “The US government supports governments and civil society at critical moments.”

NUP Diaspora Team Leader USA Daniel Kawuma issued a written statement that expresses gratitude to President Biden on this initiative.

He claimed that this is particularly noteworthy for nations like Uganda, which have experienced an extended autocratic rule. Furthermore, he said, “We believe that our country is ready for a peaceful leadership change, preferably through free and fair elections.”

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In November 2023, the official website of the US State Department announced the ADAPT initiative in Guinea. The initiative is to support the people of Guinea in their transition to democratic governance by January 1, 2025. Additionally, the ADAPT resources will provide technical assistance for ongoing efforts. It will lay down the framework for free and fair elections and guarding more effective and inclusive democratic institutions.

In addition, promoting democratic principles and practices is fundamental to the African Union’s Agenda 2063. US President Joe Biden has committed to supporting regional bodies and transition governments to advance shared democratic goals.

Consequentially, the ADAPT initiative will expand to other countries as governments transition to take concrete steps and timely steps to transition for democratic governance.

Reportedly, Africa has witnessed no fewer than nine coups since January 2020. The reality on the ground is more nuanced as support for democracy over other forms of government dropped from 75% to 66% since 2012, with 53% open to supporting coups that topple abusive civilian leaders.

Hamail Tahir
Hamail Tahir
A student of MPhil in Strategic Studies at National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). She is eager to understand the global changing dynamics and how states use their national interests to acquire regional hegemony. Her focus primarily lies in diplomatic and strategic initiatives during peace and conflict paradigms and can be reached at hamail.tahir@gmail.com

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