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As more women lead their communities we hope to see fewer conflicts and more peace.- Mary Robinson

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Strategic vision

Elections lie at the heart of democracy. A young woman displays her hand after voting in the Somaliland elections in 2010. Teresa Krug/Flickr.

Elections lie at the heart of democracy. A young woman displays her hand after voting in the Somaliland elections in 2010. Teresa Krug/Flickr.


Mission Statement: AWEPA works in cooperation with African Parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Africa, keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe, and facilitate African-European parliamentary dialogue.

It is the organisation’s firm belief that strong parliaments – in their role as arbiters of peace, stability and prosperity – lie at the heart of long-term development and the realisation of human rights.

Accordingly, AWEPA strives to strengthen African parliaments and promote human dignity by supporting complex democratisation operations across the continent.

The key to AWEPA’s work lies in the organisation’s character and resources. AWEPA is unique in its composition as both a parliamentary association and a project management organisation for parliamentary capacity development. It has a very specific mandate relating to Africa, and to European policies affecting Africa. The organisation’s mission, to strengthen African parliaments and African-European parliamentary relations, remains relevant and necessary.

AWEPA has the added value of the political engagement of active parliamentarians; broad networks across Africa and Europe; longstanding experience as a trusted partner in democratisation; and an extensive infrastructure of African offices and staff. AWEPA is ideally placed as a provider of democracy support services to Africa, and is also committed to keeping Africa on the political agenda in Europe.

AWEPA's network of African and European parliamentarians attend the AWEPA High Level Seminar in Brussels, Belgium, in October 2015.

AWEPA’s network of African and European parliamentarians attend the High Level Seminar on Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Brussels, Belgium, in October 2015.

The organisation is driven by political leadership; and its leaders, both African and European, share a vision of reinvigorated parliaments as the foundations of future democracy, peace and prosperity. Given the regular replenishment of parliamentary membership at each election, AWEPA and its partners provide a neutral peer-learning service to new and incumbent African and European parliamentarians, who learn from each other how best to strengthen their democracies and renew the policy debate on how to improve African-European relations.

AWEPA, through its network of members in national parliaments in Europe, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, has the opportunity to raise issues of common concern and act as a catalyst for policy dialogue.

Our organisation has one central aim, common to all the contexts in which it operates, and that is the pursuit of parliamentary excellence. AWEPA’s main purpose, our core vision, is to increase the capacity and performance of parliaments, so that they are confident, empowered and effective in dealing with a wide range of human rights and development challenges, not least those emanating from common concerns such as food, fuel and employment crises, corruption, climate change, immigration and terrorism.

AWEPA’s current priorities include the following:

Membership: expand membership across Europe, especially in new EU member states.
Partnerships: strengthen bonds with regional parliaments and women’s caucuses.
Programmes: support institutional capacity, thematic competence and oversight.
Methodology: renew assessment, monitoring, evaluation and quality processes.
Donor Relations: deepen our dialogue with donors and broaden the funding base.

Achieving AWEPA’s core objective of strong, fully transformative, fully democratising African parliaments will depend upon being better equipped with core resources to invest in our membership Sections in Europe, in our staff, and in our African partnerships.

AWEPA appeals to our donors to provide institutional support. This is essential to maintaining  the required high levels of quality and professionalism within AWEPA, and to building on our peer learning partnerships and networks.

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