Partnerships are central to the work of the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) in its quest for the advancement of Africa’s peace, security, governance and development agenda.

Since its creation, OSAA, as the focal point for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) at the United Nations Headquarters, has fostered innovative and strategic partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders, aimed at:

•    Enhancing coherence and coordination of UN System support for NEPAD and Africa’s development in general,
•    Mobilizing support and resources for NEPAD and Africa’s development frameworks,
•    Promoting alignment between global development agenda and African development priorities, and
•    Raising awareness on African key development issues.

To achieve these goals, OSAA has been working in partnership with UN System entities, including through the:

•    Interdepartmental Task Force on African Affairs (IDTFAA),
•    United Nations Development Group,
•    Executive Committee on Peace and Security,
•    Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs, and
•    Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs.

At the regional level, OSAA is also part of the Regional Coordination Mechanism and works in close partnership with the:

•    African Union Commission,
•    African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat,
•    African Development Bank, and
•    Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

OSAA promotes inclusiveness in its activities and has therefore developed innovative partnerships with civil society, the media, the private sector, academia and research institutions in order to advocate, mobilize resources and foster ownership of Africa’s strategic development flagship programmes and agendas, such as NEPAD and the African Union's Agenda 2063.

OSAA also promotes and supports North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation between Africa and its global partners.

The key partners in OSAA’s efforts include:

•    Member States,
•    UN entities,
•    The African Union Commission,
•    African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM),
•    African Regional Economic Communities (RECs),
•    Civil society,
•    The media,
•    The private sector, and
•    Academia.