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

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 18:00 to 20:00

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.

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17h30: Welcome coffee break

18:00 - 20:00: Start of the conference



  • Mr. Corrado Pampaloni, the EU Ambassador to The Gambia,
  • Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, the Executive Secretary 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

The event is organized by the Brussels School of Governance (BSOG) in collaboration with the VUB’s Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe (EDGE) programme.