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The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) works in partnership with African parliaments to strengthen democracy in Africa, keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe, and facilitate African-European parliamentary dialogue. Strong parliaments lie at the heart of Africa’s long-term development; they serve as the arbiters of peace, stability and prosperity. AWEPA strives to strengthen African parliaments and promote human dignity. For 30 years, AWEPA has served as a unique tool for complex democratisation processes, from South Sudan to South Africa.

The pillars that support AWEPA’s mission include:
• A membership base of more than 1900 former and current parliamentarians, from the European Parliament and almost all EU member states, including Norway and Switzerland. These members devote their wide-ranging expertise to peer-learning with African colleagues
• Long-term partnerships with African parliamentary colleagues which ensure local ownership and accountability
• An infrastructure of political and parliamentary entry points, which spans nine African and two European offices as well as 30 parliaments in Africa and 28 in Europe, including the Pan-African Parliament and the European Parliament

AWEPA’s overarching goal is to eradicate poverty and support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, through the realisation of human rights, democracy and development in Africa.

AWEPA is an international parliamentary association that is strictly non-partisan. AWEPA has Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council and is on the list of ODA Eligible Organisations of OECD/DAC.

In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained, no man can be truly free.

- Mary Robinson

It’s only when you have a critical mass of women in politics that you get women’s issues attacked.

- Mary Robinson

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

- Mary Robinson

Preventing the conflicts of tomorrow means changing the mind-set of youth today.

- Graça Machel

Ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. And then take that action.

- Graça Machel

We are at a unique point in history and simply must act with far more energy and cohesion.

- His Excellency Mohamed A. Sahnoun

To combat prejudices and painful memories we need to do more with Parliamentarians.

- His Excellency Mohamed A. Sahnoun

Women’s voices shouldn’t only be heard because they are the victims of the war

- Mary Robinson

There are trouble-free spots on the continent, but unfortunately these are rarely heard of, as many observers tend to erroneously treat Africa as one block.

- Ruth O’niango

You educate a woman, you educate a whole community, a whole village

- Ruth O’niango

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

- Nelson Mandela

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

- Nelson Mandela

Development that allows the principle of self-reliance, self-sufficiency in all spheres seems to me the only sensible choice for Africa.

- Prof. Albert Tevoedjre

Rural development needs a policy which will enable the populations to understand and believe in the objectives set.

- Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Any policy, any society based on keeping people down will be a failure.

- Prof. Albert Tevoedjre

We are the first generation which can end extreme poverty in our lifetime. But we cannot get there without parliamentarians.

- Dr. Jim Yong Kim