A 14-member consortium of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) is calling on member states and heads of state of the African Union (AU) to fully implement the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG).
The consortium made the call at a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after series of engagements with some working groups within the AU including the Permanent Representative Council (PRC) of the AU, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Department of Political Affairs of the AU.
The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) is one of the initiatives of the AU since its establishment in 2001 as a continental body, which would ensure the promotion of sustainable peace and participatory development.
The adoption of the ACDEG underscores the commitment of African Leaders to uphold the culture of democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law as well as defining Africa’s space in global politics.
Despite its adoption, there is generally low level of awareness and understanding of the Charter on the continent. The delay in the signing, ratification, reporting, domestication, and implementation of the Charter remains a major challenge.
The consortium which is working on the project “Mobilising Civil Society Support for Implementation of the African Governance Architecture” is therefore calling on the AU to facilitate the signing, ratification, domestication, popularisation and full implementation of the Charter in Member States.
It has partnered other organisations such as ActionAid Rwanda, ActionAid Ethiopia, ActionAid Malawi, and Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, Global Platform Zambia and Activista on this cause.
The group is also calling on the AU to address the specific issues of reporting, youth migration, inclusive participation of women and the youth in governance, improved domestic resource mobilization such as progressive taxation and combating corruption in order to achieve the aspirations of the development agenda 2063.
Composition of Consortium
The 14–member consortium of Civil Society Organisations include ActionAid Ghana, ActionAid Nigeria, ActionAid Sierra Leone, ActionAid Zambia, ActionAid Zimbabwe, ActionAid Tanzania, ActionAid Uganda, ActionAid Mozambique, ActionAid Denmark, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI), West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) and SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC – CNGO).