Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh to Testify before The United States Congress: the Committee on African Affaires, Sub-Committee on Africa and Global Health on ‘Elections in Africa’, Thursday Dec 17 2009.
While the Christmas Spirit builds on, we are happy to deliver this very special issue of the Community NewsLetter. This news is of great importance as it deals with the relationship of the United States and the Continent of Africa in light of fostering democracy in Africa.
Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh has been invited to testify before the Committee on African Affaires, Sub-Committee on Africa and Global Health at a hearing entitled ‘Elections in Africa: Progress Made, Challenges Remaining’.
Dr. Fomunyoh is expected to address the following: Recent and Upcoming Elections throughout the continent of Africa, What the National Democratic Institute is doing to assist, where do elections fit in with democracy and how the United States should focus its policy towards fostering credible elections and democracy in Africa.
While poorly conducted and fraudulent elections have scarred the democratic process in many African nations causing civil wars and millions of lives lost, hope is not lost.
While some countries like Ghana and South Africa have seen successful free and fair elections, there are several countries still lacking. The National Democratic Institute is at work across Africa enabling the process of free and fair elections. Who is Dr. Chris Fomunyoh?
Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh is currently Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa at the National Democratic Institute. based in Washington DC.
He has organized and advised international election observation missions to Benin, Cameroon, CentralAfrican Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. He has also designed and supervised country specific democracy support programs with civic organizations, political parties and legislative bodies in Benin, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, The Gambia, Senegal and Togo. Elections in Enugu Village in Nigeria 1999.
In the course of his work, Dr. Fomunyoh interacts regularly with heads of state and government, cabinet ministers, elected officials and political and civic leaders.
Dr. Fomunyoh in panel with President Jimmy Carter and other Heads of States.. He recently designed and helped launch the African Statesmen Initiative (ASI), a program aimed at facilitating political transitions in Africa by encouraging former democratic Heads of State to stay engaged in humanitarian issues, conflict mediation, public health and other key sectors of political, economic and human development on the continent.
Dr. Fomunyoh holds a Licence en Droit from Yaoundé University in Cameroon, a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) in International Law from Harvard Law School; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University.
Dr. Fomunyoh is an adjunct faculty at the African Center for Strategic Studies and a former adjunct professor of African Politics and Government at Georgetown University. He also is the founder of a non profit organization
The Fomunyoh Foundation interested in supporting democracy and humanitarian causes in Cameroon. We wish Dr Christopher Fomunyoh and the National Democratic Institute well, in their efforts to promote free and fair elections across Africa and engaging the United States Government for support in this process.
It is also worth mentioning that recent Press reports have hinted on Dr. Fomunyoh as possible Presidential candidate in the upcoming 2011 Presidential Elections in Cameroon.
This is yet to be confirmed as Dr. Fomunyoh has not declared his candidacy. However he seems to have a huge fan base and supporters calling for him to Run for President.
While this Harvard Law School graduate is taking his time on the subject, he has however hosted several Community Forums with the Cameroon diaspora, in the United States and Canada encouraging Cameroonians to participate in the Democratic Process in their homeland.
He is certainly one to Watch out for, come Oct 2011 Presidential Race in Cameroon. We wish Dr Chris Fomunyoh well as he represents the continent of Africa, before the 111th United States Congress on Thursday Dec 17 2009.