This category is based on initiatives that foster inclusion and acceptance among different members of a society. How can we provide public opinion with the ideal of an open and inclusive society and make the public imagination less vulnerable to extreme and violent ideologies exploiting anxiety, and instigating hatred, sectarianism or nationalism? The best defense of a democratic society against threats is an educated citizenry, a sense of shared humanistic values, and a high level of trust in institutions as well as between individuals themselves. A democratic state should inform citizens about the extent and causes of the threats it faces. It should combat discrimination, segregation and stigmatization which can generate a sentiment of non-belonging and increase the attraction of populism and extremist ideologies.

West African citizen school (ECAO)

The West African citizen school (ECAO), created in December 2015, aims to provide training to good governance, democracy and human rights to future young professionals and politicians and civil society in West Africa. This initiative is unique because it has a regional focus and encompasses all the Francophone countries of West Africa.