About the tree in the background

The Palaver Tree
In many parts of Africa assembly under the Palaver Tree is a place to come together, discuss in the cool shade in a peaceful manner a wide variety of things as well as storytelling. In many ways much like a parliamentary question and answer period…without as much yelling and screaming. The Palaver tree is a place to talk openly about such things as community business and administration. It is truly a place of peaceful democracy and governance and collective actions.


An important part of life in many countries in Africa, for hundreds of years. Lessons for established democracies to see the working of emerging democracies.


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