Towards a People-Driven African Union

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This report is the first independent, substantive and public assessment of the progress of the African Union. "Towards a People-Driven African Union: Current Obstacles and New Opportunities" analyses the preparations of African Union member-states, the AU Commission and civil society organisations for the twice-yearly AU summits. The main finding is that despite some welcome new opportunities for participation, the African Union's vision of �an Africa driven by its own citizens� remains largely unfulfilled. Detailed recommendations are offered to help deliver on this vision in future. Published by AFRODAD, AfriMAP and Oxfam, this report is endorsed by more than a dozen other organisations in Africa and elsewhere, and is based on interviews with more than 50 representatives of member-states, the AU Commission and civil society organisations in eleven African countries.

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Ajouté le 29 décembre 2007
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EAN13 9781920489625
Langue English
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UPDATED NOVEMBER 2007
January 2007 (Updated November 2007)
First published 2007 by the African Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), the Open Society Institute Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), and Oxfam GB.
Second edition published November 2007 by the African Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), the Open Society Institute Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), and Oxfam GB.
Copyright © 2007 African Network on Debt and Development, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and Oxfam GB.
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CONTENTS
Acknowledgements List of acronyms Preface: Background to this study
1. Findings and recommendations Member states Conduct of and follow-up to summits The AU Commission ECOSOCC Civil society
2. Background: The African Union
3. Preparation of AU summits at continental level Preparation of the agenda Distribution of documents to member states The role of the Permanent Representatives Committee Building consensus by region Conduct of the summit Follow-up to summit decisions
4. Preparations for summits by member states National structures responsible for foreign affairsEngagement with national parliaments Composition of national summit delegations
5. Regional economic communities and the African Union Civil society engagement with regional institutions
6. The African Union Commission: Outreach to civil society The African Citizens’ Directorate The African Union-Civil Society Organisation Forum The Women, Gender and Development Directorate and the Women’s Forum
7. The Economic, Social and Cultural CouncilLegal framework ECOSOCC interim national chapters Evaluation
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