The Atlas Network in partnership with IMANI Center for Policy and Education (IMANI Africa) held a series of events, connecting business leaders, development professionals, academia and government officials from 8-10 June 2016 in Accra, Ghana. The events include the Africa Liberty Forum and Dinner, and the Students and Young Professionals African Liberty Academy (SYPALA). See below reports for each of the events.
Africa Liberty Forum
The Liberty Forums are continental events pioneered by the Atlas Network that bring together friends and allies of the global freedom movements. The Africa Liberty Forum (ALF), the first ever held on the continent forms part of the Atlas Network’s commitment to strengthening the global freedom movements in Africa. The ALF brought together over 90 participants across Africa to discuss challenges facing the continent and how to effectively advance market reforms.
Other Liberty Forums have taken place in Asia, Europe and America.
The maiden edition of the ALF was organized in collaboration with Imani Africa from 9-10 June, 2016 at the Mensvic Palace Hotel, Accra-Ghana under the theme: “The growth of Independence, Good Governance and Liberty in Africa”.
The ALF was brought to a climax by the Africa Liberty Dinner which offered superior networking opportunities, intellectual enlightenment and soothing entertainment to participants. Read more here>>>
Students and Young Professionals African Liberty Academy (SYPALA)
The Students and Young Professionals African Liberty Academy (SYPALA) is Imani’s flagship educational program. It forms part of IMANI’s mission of training the next generation of visionary leaders who will carry the torch of liberty and blaze the trail of prosperity in Africa.
The 2016 edition of Sypala was held under the Theme “Any Dividends for Africa after Half a Century of Good Governance & Democracy?” at the Mensvic Hotel, Accra, Ghana from 8-9 June 2016.
75 students from Ghana, Nigeria, Canada and Cameroun were selected to participate in the 2016 edition of Sypala. The participants were selected through a competitive essay competition on the topic: “How is technology affecting youth activism and accountable governance in Africa.”
The unique format of SYPALA 2016 enabled the participants to easily engage speakers, ask questions, challenge conventional wisdom and attempt to proffer solutions to Africa’s basket of development challenges.
Over the two days, ten thought-provoking presentations were delivered by policy experts, entrepreneurs, activists and other industry players. Read more here >>>