The AWEPA Partnership Council is an organ consisting of members of the AWEPA Eminent Advisory Board, AWEPA’s main African partners and the AWEPA Executive Committee. It is jointly chaired by the Chair of the Eminent Advisory Board, Ms. Graça Machel and AWEPA’s President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet.
The Council aims to convene once a year to discuss issues of a strategic and visionary nature. This meeting brings together European and African stakeholders in a mutual exchange surrounding issues concerning all involved in the collective endeavour to improve human rights in Africa
Pan-African Parliament (PAP)
The PAP was established as an organ by the African Union (AU) in order to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent. The Pan-African parliamentarians represent all the peoples of Africa. The ultimate aim of the PAP is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage. The new protocol granting these powers has been adopted by the AU and is currently under ratification by member states.
East African Legislative Assembly (EALA)
As an organ of the East African Committee (EAC), EALA aims to legislate, perform oversight and represent the people of East Africa in a bid to foster economic, social, cultural and political integration. The Assembly is committed to fostering the following core values in its operations: effectiveness, ethics and integrity; transparency and accountability; objectivity and impartiality; professionalism and team work; unity in diversity; and allegiance to EAC ideals.
The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
The ECOWAS Parliament is a forum for dialogue, consultation and consensus for representatives of the peoples of West Africa and aims to promote integration. It provides advisory opinions on issues covering a wide range of areas that are of crucial importance to the integration process. These include respect for human rights, the interconnection of communication and telecommunication links, health, education, and the revision of basic community texts.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum
The SADC Parliamentary Forum is a delivery-focused, people-centred institution that accelerates and promotes parliamentary participation in regional decision-making for the benefit of the citizens of the SADC region. The Parliamentary Forum’s mission is to facilitate strategic partnerships within SADC, promote information sharing, initiate and implement projects that enhance regional integration and promote effective and professional parliamentary practice.
Parliament of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC)
The CEMAC Parliament facilitates free exchange and movement across borders for the development and the infrastructural and economic integration of the region. It was officially inaugurated in 2010 in Malabo after a ten-year transition phase to sensitise local populations to democratic processes. The Parliament comprises 30 members from six countries, namely Chad, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo. Its mission is to promote the harmonious development of member states through the establishment of a true common market.
The core mandate of the NPCA is to coordinate the implementation of projects and programmes of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). This includes mobilising technical and financial support; promoting the programme in Africa and internationally; liaising with development partners; mobilising private sector participation; ; and monitoring and reporting on progress. The NEPAD Agency has been charged by the Heads of State and Government with facilitating the implementation of the NEPAD vision, and adds value to Africa’s development process.
Network of African Parliamentarians (NAP)
With a membership of engaged parliamentarians across Africa, the NAP is a unique initiative which meets to report back on NEPAD parliamentary actions in regional and national parliaments, and which keeps members informed about NEPAD and development issues through regular information bulletins. Having recognised that the NEPAD objectives could not be met without the effective use and delivery of aid, the NAP has broadened its focus to include issues of aid and development effectiveness.