Civil Society Engagement
The engagement of civil society, including women and youth, as well as the media, as critical stakeholder is fundamental for the promotion of peace, security and development in Africa.
Recognizing this imperative, African governments and the African Union (AU) have made a strong commitment to work in partnership with civil society and other partners including the media, especially as strongly evident in the recent process of formulating the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and its first Ten-year Implementation Plan.
The AU’s commitment builds on earlier vision in establishing the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) under the provisions of Articles 5 and 22 of the African Union’s Constitutive Act as the vehicle for building a strong partnership between governments and all segments of African civil society. The Statute of ECOSOCC, adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Third Ordinary Session of the Assembly in July 2004 defines it as an advisory organ of the African Union composed of different social and professional groups of the Member States of the African Union [Assembly/AU/Dec.42 (III)].
The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA):
- Supports the work of civil society organizations through the publication of a number of reports highlighting their contributions to addressing issues on peace, security and development in Africa;
- Publishes and maintains the NGO database, consisting African civil society organizations and aimed at promoting their accessibility to the UN;
- Partners with civil society organizations to organize thematic high-level events.
The role of Civil Society Organizations continues to grow, as they are significantly involved in monitoring progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at global level, as well as AU’s Agenda 2063 and its first Ten-year Implementation Plan at continental, regional and national levels, among others. Civil Society Organizations' continuous and active engagement and contribution to conflict prevention, management and resolution as well as peace-building efforts are also highly anticipated. In this respect, OSAA will continue to expand its engagement with civil society, including women and youth, to ensure their full and active participation in Africa’s development. One of the ways to enhance this engagement is through the NGO database.
The NGO Database
The Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) database consists of organizations working in Africa. It is a community of civil society organizations that are contributing towards peace, security and development in Africa. Interested NGOs can register to be part of OSAA’s NGO database or update their profiles.