A life dedicated to youth in peacebuilding, to youth participation, regional integration and international development.
Presidential Candidate for the first-time in 2016, Former international civil servant of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) in Togo, France and Gabon, Philanthropist, Author, Consultant in partnership with skills in international development, diplomacy, youth development and participation, partnership development, human rights and conflict management, optimist about the future of Africa, Daniel Edah is the Benin Politician who talks of vision and is promoting the same vision of an economically prosperous and socially stable Benin officially since 2012.
As a civil society activist and international civil servant, Daniel Edah has contributed to numerous international and regional projects for youth in peacebuilding and regional integration in Africa, and for youth participation in Francophone countries around the world.
In 2001, after attending the first African Youth Training Conference for a Culture of Peace in Cape Town, South Africa at the invitation of UNOY Peacebuilders, Daniel was appointed Coordinator of the Advocacy Working Group within the UNOY African Network of Young Peace Builders.
In 2002, as Executive Director of the NGO Africa Peace, he took the initiative and coordinated in Abomey-Calavi in Benin the West African Youth Training Seminar for the consolidation of peace with the participation of young delegates from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and Togo as well as from Cameroon and Kenya with the support of UNICEF, PLAN NETHERLANDS, DUTCH GOVERNMENT, UNOY Peacebuilders and The Netherlands’Clingendael Institute of International Relations, an independent think tank and academy on international affairs, based in The Hague.
In 2003 and 2004, Daniel Edah coordinated two intercultural working camps in Benin for young people from Africa (Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Togo, Mali, Niger) and Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy) for the mixing of cultures through joint action to promote the education of young girls and awareness against sexually transmitted diseases (2003) and peace (2004).
In 2005, he took the initiative and coordinated the regional workshop in Benin to empower the Youth Leaders from 7 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo) to understand and take ownership of the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) and the African Peers Review Mechanism (APRM) with the support of the NEPAD Secretariat and the Government of South Africa.
As international civil servant, using both international development, diplomacy, advocacy and networking skills, besides contributing to the capacity-building programs for hundreds of francophone youth leaders from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, and mediating for the resolution of the conflict occurred between various youth platforms in Guinea Conakry in 2007, Daniel Edah successfully facilitated the formation of the National Youth Council – CNJ of Niger (2006), the National Youth Network - RENAJ of Mauritania (2006), the National Youth Council – CNJ of Togo (2008), and the National Youth Council – CNJ of Burkina Faso ( 2008).
Daniel Edah was a resource person for the 5th African Development Forum of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa – UNECA (ADF-V) on the theme of Youth and Leadership in the 21stcentury in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2006, member of the United Nations’ Experts Group on Youth (in New York, USA in 2008 and 2011) and the International Council for National Youth Policies (Doha, Qatar 2008).
In 2013, he coordinated the International Organization of La Francophonie and UNESCO joint project “Culture, Integration and Development” in support to the Economic Community of Central African States for the adoption by the Central African States’ Ministers in charge of Culture of the first Regional Strategy for the development of cultural policies and industries in 2013 in Yaoundé, Cameroon which led to the Decision No. 25/CEEAC/CCEG/15 of May 25, 2015 on the adoption of the sub-regional strategy on the development and promotion of culture in Central Africa.
Author of three books, in particular Internal organization and performance of an associative network: case of the National Youth Council of Togo published by European university editions (Omn.Univ.Europ.) in 2012, It will be beautiful, a story of faith in the future published by editions L'Harmattan in 2013 and A Shadow of Change published in both French and English in 2018, Daniel Edah is an alumnus of the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) of the United States Department of State to which he participated in 2017 on the theme of Transparency in governance.
Respectful of cultural and religious diversity and calling for Benin's increased participation in African integration, and a better contribution of the diaspora to Africa development as well as a fair and balanced relationship between Benin and the rest of the world in diplomacy and international relations, Daniel Edah proposes to build an economy of production and processing for Benin as the key to ending poverty and unlocking jobs and opportunities for young people and women in all households, and making Benin an attractive destination in West Africa. Daniel Edah is firmly committed to consolidating democracy, promoting effective rule of law, strengthening the people's confidence in the judicial system, increasing the level of security, having sufficient energy in quantity and quality for the production, developing modern infrastructure, reforming the banking sector to enable the financing of the economy and, defending corruption-free, inclusive and transparent governance with the participation of the diaspora and the development of the relevant human capital through the alignment of education, health and social security systems on the vision of an economically prosperous and socially stable Benin.
Last update: September 1st, 2023