ACGEM Youth Essay Competition Announcement

The African Center for Governance and Economic Management (ACGEM) is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting essay competition on the theme: “Embracing Homegrown Democracy in Africa: Unlocking the Potential of African Democracies”.

Competition Details:

In pursuit of fostering intellectual discourse and promoting innovative ideas for the advancement of governance and economic management in Africa, ACGEM invites young scholars, students, policymakers, and thought leaders from across Africa to engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the subject of homegrown democracy in Africa.

Participants are encouraged but not limited to:

  • Exploring

    Exploring and presenting their perspectives on how governance systems on the continent can be recalibrated to suit the unique and differing needs of various African countries.

  • Presenting

    Presenting their conceptualizations of how a homegrown African democracy will look in practice using any African country as a case study.

  • Examining

    Examining how homegrown democratic systems can contribute to development in Africa.

Eligibility Requirements:

Open to citizens of African countries between the ages of 18 – 35.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Essays should be written in English and should not exceed 5000 words.
  • Essays should be formatted in Times New Roman, with a font size of 12, and a line spacing of 1.5.
  • Submissions should be emailed to and copied to
  • All submissions should include a cover letter with the participant’s name, contact information, and a brief profile not exceeding 500



$3000 and an all-expense-paid trip to ACGEM headquarters in Accra for a 1-month internship.


Place: $2000.


Place: $1000.

Important Dates:

– Submission Deadline: June, 28th 2024.
– Winners Announcement: September, 30th 2024.

Count Down Time For Submission:

Review Process:

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished experts in the fields of governance, economics, and democracy. Entries will be judged on the basis of originality, clarity, depth of analysis, and relevance to the competition theme.

Join Us in Shaping the Future:

ACGEM believes in the power of ideas to drive positive change in Africa. We invite all passionate individuals to participate in this essay competition and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on embracing homegrown democracy in Africa. Let us collectively explore innovative solutions and celebrate the rich diversity of African democracies.