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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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