Expert conference

9th E-lection Bridge Konferenz

Banjul, The Gambia

Building a bridge between the players in modern political communication - that is the goal of the KAS E-lection Bridge conference that brings together leading campaign experts from sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. This year the KAS welcomes the experts in Banjul from March 3rd to 7th, 2019.


In recent years, KAS E-lection Bridge Africa has established itself as the leading platform for learning and exchange on political communication and campaigning strategies on the continent. It is an exclusive offer of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to significant leaders of its partner parties in sub-Sahara Africa and as the name of the conference suggests, its main objective is to build a bridge linking German and African experts – and to provide a forum for sharing ideas, practices and successes.

As in previous years, we will be joined by Dr. Klaus Schüler, Federal Director of Germany’s leading political party CDU, who will present amongst other topics, on how to handle a change of guard. The main focus this year will also be on the differences between campaigning in urban and rural areas. Many politicians who are MPs know the struggle to make politics in the capital, yet having to please their constituencies in rural areas, where it might be difficult to explain what one does in the capital all day.

As we already made clear in Kampala during the E-lection Bridge in May 2018, the campaigns after the elections also deserve a lot more attention in Political Communication.

This year’s conference will run from 4th to 6th March (Monday to Wednesday) with 3rd and 7th March set aside as travel days.


Monday, 4th March 2019

09:00 Official opening of the 9th E-lection Bridge

Christoph Plate, Director KAS Media Africa, Johannesburg

Thomas Volk, Resident Representative KAS Senegal

09:30 Opening Address

Ebrima Sillah, H.E. The Minister for Information in The Gambia

10:00 In the swirls of disruption - A case study on counter strategies

Dr. Klaus Schüler, General Manager CDU, Germany

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 Renewal while in government – How we operate the plan

Julia Carstens, PA of the General Manager, CDU, Germany

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Lip-service or passionate politics? The difficulties of campaigning in rural areas on the African Continent

Gilbert Kiakwama, CDC, DRC

Norbert Mao, DP, Uganda

Lutero Simango, MDM, Mozambique

Dr. Klaus Schüler, CDU

Moderation: Christoph Plate, KAS Media Africa

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Where we are – Introduction into the democratic change in The Gambia – from Jammeh’s election defeat to the Social Media Campaign “Gambia has decided”

Aisha Dabo, Social Media Expert, The Gambia

18:00 Closing

18:30 Departure for Dinner

Tuesday, 5th March 2019

9:00 The Return of Politics – How to engage a frustrated electorate after years of political stalemate

Aly Khan, KANU, Kenya

NN, The Gambia

Moderation: Christoph Plate, KAS Media Africa

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Daily Campaigning – Examples from Tanzania and the DRC

Grace Shio, Chadema,Tanzania

Lema Miezi Ritha, AABC, DRC

Moderation: Thomas Volk, KAS Senegal

12:30 Lunch Break

13:30 Factchecking on politicians and campaigns – How Africa Check tries to keep the voters informed

Samba Badji, Editor, Africa Check, Dakar, Senegal

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Before and after – Situational analysis of upcoming and completed elections in Senegal and the DRC

Mikaila Issa, Dakar, Senegal

Gilbert Kiakwama, Kinshasa, DRC

Moderation: Muhammad M. Jagana, Banjul, The Gambia

17:00 Closing

17:30 Departure for Sunset Boat trip on River Gambia

20:00 Dinner

Wednesday, 6th March 2019

09:00 Campaigning and the media - an appeal to politicians and journalists – for the sake of the voters – the experience of the elections in Nigeria

Dapo Olorunyomi, Premium Times, Nigeria

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Closing Session

Drones and Bots – how will we campaign in 2032? A critical assessment of our discussions in 2018 and an outlook into the future

12:00 Lunch

13:30 Field Trip

African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, Banjul (tbc)

19:00 Closing Dinner

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  • Christoph Plate
    • Thomas Volk
      • Ebrima Sillah
        • Dr. Klaus Schüler
          • Julia Carstens
            • Gilbert Kiakwama
              • Norbert Mao
                • Lutero Simango
                  • Aisha Dabo
                    • Aly Khan
                      • Grace Shio
                        • Lema Miezi Ritha
                          • Samba Badji
                            • Mikaila Issa
                              • Muhammad M. Jagana
                                • Dapo Olorunyomi


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