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Strengthening Popular Participation in the African Union
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The African Union (AU) has committed to a vision of Africa that is ëintegrated, prosperous and peaceful Ö driven by its own citizens, a dynamic force in the global arenaí (Vision and Mission of the African Union, May 2004). This guide is an effort to take up the challenge of achieving this vision. It is a tool to assist activists to engage with AU policies and programmes. It describes the AU decision-making process and outlines the roles and responsibilities of the AU institutions. It also contains a sampling of the experiences of those non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have interacted with the AU.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iv-v
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. v
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  1. Acronyms
  2. p. vi
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  1. Introduction - The purpose of this guide
  2. p. 1
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  1. Part One - AU Organs & Institutions
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Assembly of Heads of State and Government
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Chairperson of the African Union
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Executive Council of Ministers
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC)
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Commission of the African Union
  2. pp. 14-17
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  1. Peace and Security Council (PSC)
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. Pan-African Parliament (PAP)
  2. p. 21
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  1. African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
  2. p. 24
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  1. African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (to become the African Court of Justice and Human Rights)
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC)
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Specialised Technical Committees (STC)
  2. p. 33
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  1. Financial Institutions
  2. p. 34
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  1. Funding of the African Union
  2. p. 35
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  1. Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  2. p. 36
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  1. Part Two - INFLUENCING AU DECISIONS & POLICIES
  2. p. 37
  1. The AU decision-making process
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Civil society engagement with the AU Organs
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. NGO observer status with the AU
  2. p. 43
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  1. Accessing information
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Influencing national-level decisions on AU proposals
  2. pp. 46-47
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  1. AU Summits
  2. pp. 48-54
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  1. Part Three - The Union Government Debate
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. Appendices
  2. p. 61
  1. Appendix 1: AU Regions
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Appendix 2: Regional Economic Communities recognised by the African Union
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Appendix 3: Useful websites and contacts
  2. p. 66
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  1. Back cover
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