Regional parliaments are critical to the long term peace, stability and prosperity of the African continent. While these institutions remain relatively young, they provide democratic legitimacy to their respective communities.
They promote regional integration, hence economic development, and provide a critical deliberative forum to address cross-border challenges and opportunities. In addition they offer an important space for dialogue and trust-building between nations and thereby reduce the chance of inter-state conflict.
AWEPA has a long history of providing support to these regional parliaments, and has been a key partner of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) since they were first established.
In addition, AWEPA has worked in partnership with the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Parliament of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) through its programme entitled Strengthening Regional Parliaments towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (2011-2015).
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) programme, which kicked off in 2016, aims to continue support and capacity building to strengthen these regional parliaments in line with the targets set out in the SDGs.
The overall objective of the SDG programme is to ensure that regional parliaments in Africa have enhanced capacity, networks and support to realise their strategic objectives with respect to the SDGs.
The programme focuses primarily on institutional capacity building, in line with SDG 16, whose objective is to “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
The programme also aims to ensure that regional parliaments play a role and have a voice in international fora, remain connected and receive adequate support (including funding support) to effectively implement their strategic plans.
The specific impacts the programme will aim to achieve are:
- To help regional parliaments in Africa to become more strategic and results-oriented in defining and realising their objectives
- To help the parliaments in becoming more inter-connected and play a more prominent role in international fora.
Please click the buttons below to display the country members of each African regional parliament with whom AWEPA is currently collaborating.