Alliance pour Refonder la Gouvernance en Afrique (ARGA)

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A civil society association set up under Senegalese law, working primarily in French-speaking West Africa.

The Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa brings together African actors committed to both thinking and acting, people committed to promoting a dialogue on the management of public affairs in Africa—in Africa and across the world.

Clearly, the process of transforming the world and African societies has eluded Africans themselves as a result of the inadequacy of governance modes that have been voluntarily imported or imposed by outside forces. Such governance has failed to meet Africans’ needs and indeed has made Africans less able to meet the challenges of globalisation. Our concept of governance rejects the exclusive character of a ‘one size fits all’ kit that every State must apply to be recognized.

Our goal is to use experience gathered from actors of different horizons as a seeding ground for proposals. We think actors are experts in their own realities and should thus be listened to: proposals to rebuild governance should not be imposed from on high, nor based on abstract ideas. Rather, they should be the fruit of analysis of critical observations and concrete experience, the cross-pollination of which should serve to improve governance practices.

ARGA is present on the internet via its own website, the and platforms.


  • Construct spaces for dialogue and reflection on governance;

  • Develop and debate proposals for changing how public affairs are managed in Africa;

  • Mobilize civil society and State actors in initiatives that truly rebuild governance in Africa;

  • Participate in debate on governance issues in Africa and across the world.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • mobilization, rally

Thematic areas

  • governance
  • economy
  • local territory management
  • democracy