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High Level Lecture Series: Understanding Contemporary Democratization Processes in Africa

Understanding Contemporary Democratization Processes in Africa: is the democratic change in The Gambia standing for a wider dynamic?

If a dictator falls, how can democratic standards become institutionalised? Are there any particularities for a democratization process in the African continent?

This High Level Lecture Series on European and World Politics will take the case of The Gambia as a point of departure to discuss these questions. In 2016 presidential elections, the Gambian people managed to end two decades of ruling by Yahya Jammeh – a self-styled autocratic vowing to rule the country for “a billion years”. The country has not only tried to establish the truth about this dictatorship but also to avoid a return to an autocratic regime. Five years after the regime change in The Gambia, the country will hold its first democratic elections post dictatorship in December 2021.


  • Mr. Corrado Pampaloni, the EU Ambassador to The Gambia,
  • Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, the Executive Director of The Gambia Truth Reconciliation and Repatriation Commission
  • Mr Muhammed Lenn, lecturer, University of The Gambia.


  • Mr. Jimmy Hendry Nzally, a VUB PhD candidate analysing the factors that have led to the fall of the Jammeh’s dictatorship in The Gambia

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This event is organized by the Brussels School of Governance (BSOG) in collaboration with EDGE.  


12 October 2021 from 18:00 to 20:00 Add to personal calendar

Organised by EDGE Programme and the Brussels School of Governance