Africa & West Asia


Lowering the voting-age limit to increase youth participation in politics

Because the level of engagement in politics by youth remains lower than that of older generations, Africa’s youth bulge is leading to an emerging crisis of representation.


The Africa and West Asia region is undergoing constant change. Some countries in the region are moving towards multi-party elections that are mostly free, fair and peaceful.

However, democracy faces several considerable challenges, and in some areas, problems are resurfacing after a period of improved conditions. Problems that concern the entire region include weak political institutions, the underrepresentation of women in political life and limited media freedom. 

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Social Media Activity


Country & Regional Support

African Union Commission

Our office in Addis Ababa works closely with the African Union (AU).

We formalized our relationship with the AU Commission in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Accra, Ghana, on 30 June 2007 during the African Union Summit. We actively contributed to the development of the AU Charter as well as the establishment of the AU's electoral assistance programme, and the electoral assistance fund. International IDEA and the AU have also collaborated in areas such as the land and governance, gender, and in political party strengthening.


Our office in Tunis has provided assistance to the Tunisian effort to organize free and fair elections.

More specifically, we were was asked to comment on the draft electoral law while it was still at a confidential stage.  We equip societies by acknowledging respect for women’s political rights, supporting women in parliament and engaging electoral management bodies and citizens in the use of our tools and workshops.

Fostering national dialogue

We contribute to ongoing national dialogues surrounding democracy in the region.

We were invited to work with the national dialogue committee in Jordan, including on the development of a new electoral law, a new political parties law and some constitutional amendments in conjunction with the constitutional reform committee. Additionally, we broadened our number of contacts with the national dialogue committee in Morocco. Our representatives continue to provide support across the region for the constitutional building and revision processes.

Networks & Partners

African Union
Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ANLAN)
ATIDE Tunisia
Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA)
Democracy reporting international
Human Rights Watch
Kvinna till Kvinna
League of Arab States
National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) Egypt
Office of the Ombudsman of Malawi
The African Union Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit
The Swedish Institute in Alexandria
University of Kwa Zulu Natal
Windhoek City Council

Contact Our Office

Ethiopia Office

Sar Bet Gebriel (around Greece Embassy)

Nefas Silk Lafto Sub City

Woreda 03, House No:812

P.O Box 20029, Code 1000

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

+251 113 710913/14
Adebayo Olukoshi
Regional Director
Tunisia Office

7 Rue du Lac El Biban
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia

+216 71 860 502
Pinkie Mekgwe
Senior Regional Adviser
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