Ouidah, Benin – A group of 40 young Beninese, aged between 25 and 35 years old, gathered in Ouidah from 23-27 of February 2015 to attend a political training. The participants were selected among the young activists of the main political parties and alliances represented in the Parliament, but also on the basis of direct applications. Furthermore, in order to ensure a proper representation of women within the group of learners, several young representatives of the National Institute for Advancement of Women (INPF) were selected.
After being welcomed by representatives of AWEPA and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), the participants attended an introductory session on the institutional framework and the provisions of the Constitution of Benin, ran by Mr. Expédit B. Ologou, journalist at the Office of Radio and Television of Benin (ORTB) and professor of political science at the University of Abomey-Calavi. Thereafter, the learners actively participated in four days of interactive training (group work, debates, presentations, etc.) based on two main themes: political parties (concept, different systems, organisation and operation, financing, etc.) and the development of a party manifesto. The training was conducted by Mr. Augustin Cissé, consultant, and Mr. Moumouni Soumano, executive director of the Malian Centre for inter-party dialogue and democracy (CMDID).
This training was organised in collaboration with the National Assembly of Benin, in the framework of the joint AWEPA / NIMD programme which is aiming at strengthening the capacities of the National Assembly and political parties in Benin.