Popularising ACDEG Among African Citizens: CSO Partners Confer with AU

As part of efforts towards the effective implementation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) on the continent, a delegation of CSO partners working to popularise ACDEG will hold meetings with the Permanent Representatives Council (PRC) of the African Union (AU) from June 4-8, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting will afford the CSO delegation the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the AU leadership, its vision for the continent whilst engaging them on the theme of this year’s summit of “Winning the Fight against Corruption.

The delegation will also call on the AU Special Envoy to Tripoli to discuss the Libya slavery crisis and use the interaction to deepen work on pressuring African governments and their relevant European counterparts to improve livelihoods and economic options for youth to minimise illegal migration and provide alternatives to Africa’s youth.

The ACDEG was adopted in 2007 as a roadmap for the promotion of good governance on thecontinent and has so far been ratified by thirty-one of the fifty-five African countries. Despite its prospects, there is limited citizens’ awareness of the Charter to demand its implementation.

Under the project‘Mobilizing Civil Society Support for Implementation of the African Governance Architecture’, a 14-member consortium of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) is working to promote the popularisation of the Charter. The project is supporting CSOs and citizens in eight Africa countries to advocate and drive the campaign for African governments to adhere to principles of good governance as enshrined in the Charter.

The 14–member consortium of CSOs is made up of ActionAid Ghana, ActionAid Nigeria, ActionAid Sierra Leone, ActionAid Zambia, ActionAid Zimbabwe, ActionAid Tanzania, ActionAid Uganda, ActionAid Mozambique, ActionAid Denmark, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI), West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) and SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC – CNGO). The project, ‘Mobilizing Civil Society Support for Implementation of the African Governance Architecture’ is being implemented with funding support from the European Commission.

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