“Civil Society Organizations include but is not limited to the following:
- Social groups such as those representing women, children, the youth, the elderly and people with disability and special needs;
- Professional groups such as associations of artists, engineers, health practitioners, social workers, media, teachers, sport associations, legal professionals, social scientists, academia, business organizations, national chambers of commerce, workers, employers, industry and agriculture as well as other private sector interest groups;
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and voluntary organizations
- Cultural organizations; this includes social and professional groups in the African Diaspora organizations in accordance with the definition approved by the Executive Council”.
Head of Division: Mr. Jalel Chelba
The Civil Society Division is under the Directorate office of the Department and take directives and instructions from the Directorate office. It is committed to:
- Work with member states and partners to create and strengthen social integration system by ensuring that the contributions of civil society are mainstreamed through all aspects of the AU principles, policies and programs. The Division is responsible for mapping civil society organizations on the continent. It is assigned to develop a database of African civil society organizations that will serve as a repository of information on these organizations. The division also facilitates the identification and utilization of expertise that abounds within civil society organizations across the continent. The development of this database also supports the process of ECOSOCC elections by identifying key CSOs that qualify for membership and help to harness the expertise of the civil society to the demand of the African union.
- Ensure effective participation of civil society in the activities of the African Union by organizing relevant workshops on understanding the African Union. This helps facilitate the understanding of the African Union, its organs, key structures and decision making process by key civil society across the continent.
- Encourage the support for inter-continental consultation partnership: AU-EU, FOCAC, etc. These consultations helps to ensure that African society organizations make regular inputs into the various partnership process in order to reinforce people to people interaction across the world to support Africa’s integration and development agenda.
- Having sectorial Dialogues- AU/OATUU Trade Union Partnership forums and African Union interfaith dialogues to promote serious and critical interactions with key sectorial groups in support of African’s integration and development agenda.