In 2013, a group of individuals with similar life experiences founded the Forum for National Dialogue (FND). The group analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the dictatorial regime in Eritrea and the internal and external factors that have contributed to its prolonged stay. Based on this evaluation, the group came up with a political groundwork which can embrace all ranks of the opposition.
The minimum political groundwork can be summed as “to replace the absolute dictatorship in the country, and create a free Eritrea where all citizens can live in peace, their human rights respected, political freedoms guaranteed under a constitutional government. The first goal of pro-democracy Eritrean groups and individuals is to take back the power which now monopolized under a very small group and give it back to the people.”
On Sunday, February the 2nd 2014, The Forum for National Dialogue (FND) announced its formation to the public. The event raised hope and expectations as well as questions. While the FND acknowledges some worthy achievements, it has not effectively capitalized on the public’s generous and unearned good will. It failed to transform itself into a vibrant and vigorous organization with clearly defined structures and procedures that allows members/associates to fully take ownership of the cause.
After many consultations and deliberations, the FND came to the conclusion that the status quo is untenable and a major overhaul of the organization is essential and timely. Towards this goal, it convened a meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany, and restructured itself, expanded the size of its board of directors and put in place mechanisms which would allow her to operate in a more transparent and accountable way. The new restructuring, and, in accordance with the new bylaw adopted on Friday, October 20, 2017, would give the FND the institutional support and impetus it needs towards realizing the objectives to which it was founded.
The new board of directors is made of 25 members reflecting all political persuasions. In its first act of business, the new board of directors has elected its president and a seven-member executive committee.