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About Social Affairs

About Social Affairs

The Department of Social Affairs (DSA) works to promote the AU’s health, labour, employment, migration, social development, drug control, crime prevention, sport and cultural agenda.

Its core roles include:

  • Providing support for the implementation of member states’ policies on labour, employment, population, health and migration;
  • Developing programmes and strategies on drug control and other issues;
  • Promoting AU instruments for advancing the social and solidarity agenda
  • Implementing the Agenda 2063 initiative of the Great African Museum Project
  • Leading the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study project
  • Leading the launch of the proposed African Union Sport Council (AUSC) which will oversee the African Games.

DSA hosts the secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). The department also hosts and works with the following four specialised offices: the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies by Oral Tradition (CELHTO), African Institute for Remittances (AIR) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).



Commissioner for Social Affairs
Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil, Sudan (elected in January 2017)

Director: (Acting) Cisse Mariama Mohamed (Niger)