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The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) is an advisory organ of the African Union (AU) whose purpose is to actively engage civil society in the processes and work of the AU. Executive Council Decision EX/CL 890 (XXVII) of June 2015 calls upon ECOSOCC to collaborate with the African Commission and Member States to actively pursue a harmonised mechanism and clear criteria for the granting of AU consultative and observer status to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa. Likewise, Executive Council Decision EX/CL/Dec. 869 (XXVI) of 23-27 January 2015 calls on ECOSOCC to facilitate the establishment of national ECOSOCC Chapters as a framework for accountability of elected members, as well as a conduit for disseminating information and mobilising support for AU programmes and activities, in close collaboration with Member States.
As part of the process for developing these frameworks, ECOSOCC is reaching out to civil society stakeholders and representatives within AU organs, Member States, and Regional Economic Communities to better understand their experiences of engaging in the work of the AU and their perspectives on the development of these crucial mechanisms for enabling CSO and public participation in the work of ECOSOCC and the AU.
ALT Advisory has been engaged by the ECOSOCC Secretariat to assist with facilitating and managing this process.
The first step in public consultations for this process involves online questionnaires, and in the coming months further consultations will take place both in-person and virtually with a range of stakeholders.
This Portal will be updated with additional resources as the consultation process develops through its various phases.
Phase 1: Questionnaires (28 January – 21 February 2022)
Phase 2: Regional consultations (7-11 March 2022)
Phase 3: Document review and validation (TBC)
Facilitating meaningful public participation
Ensuring diverse and relevant consultations
PHASE 2: REGIONAL CONSULTATIONS
As a second step in this process, ECOSOCC, supported by ALT Advisory, has arranged a series of five regional consultations from 7-11 March 2022:
- 7 March 2022 at 13h00 CAT – Central Africa Consultations
- 8 March 2022 at 13h00 CAT – Eastern Africa Consultations
- 9 March 2022 at 13h00 CAT – Southern Africa Consultations
- 10 March 2022 at 13h00 CAT – Northern Africa Consultations
- 11 March 2022 at 13h00 CAT – Western Africa Consultations