Bright Sowu

2017 Fellowship Alumnus, Ghana

Orienting Young Leaders on Democracy and Anti-Corruption

There is a worrisome trend of democratic backsliding and erosion of democratic norms, processes, and institutions globally. The West African sub-region is experiencing an exacerbation of this trend. In the last three years, there have been coup d’etats in Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. Some of these coups have enjoyed popular support due to limited trust and confidence in the democratic system. Some analysts have pointed to a limited ability of the democratic system in West Africa to deliver the needed social goods for citizens. In Ghana, there has been a recent tendency for the youth to consider democracy as a foreign model that is unfit for the country — a phenomenon often referred to as ‘democracy bashing’….

2017 Fellowship Alumnus Bright Sowu aims to orient youth leaders to the principles of democratic governance and anti-corruption by providing training for future democratic leaders in Ghana. Continue reading more about his work in this article from Alumni TIES.