Who we are

Africa Center for Democracy and Socio-economic Development, known as CDS Africa, is an independent think tank. We promote democracy as a vehicle for development in Africa. We believe that the popular sovereignty, peace and stability that democracy engenders are imperative for sustainable development. Our work recognizes democracy as a critical input for development and sees its advocacy as inherently linked to the pursuit of socio-economic growth. We generate and deliver ideas for policy reforms through innovative research, training, conferences and community engagements.

Our Mission

To become the lead advocacy platform for democracy and socio-economic development in Africa.

What we do

We lead research, advocacy and initiatives to advance democracy and policies to bring about socio-economic development.

How we do it

We deliver high-quality research, training and advocacy actions to prioritize democracy and stimulate, support or initiate policy reforms to drive socio-economic development. We are an inclusive, driven and trusted think tank with research and advocacy networks across Africa.

Why partner with us

We are independent, diligent and result-oriented. Integrity and timeliness are the anchors of our work ethic. It enables us to build trust and confidence in our work and take measured risks to help our success.

CDS Africa exists to have a real impact on Africa's quest to democratize and improve the conditions for her people. This drives our thinking and motivates what we do, how we do it and how we measure our impact.

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