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The AU Harmonized Mechanism for granting CSO Observer/Consultative Status and the ECOSOCC National Chapter Framework

14 Mar 2022

Image: Flikr AU ECOSOCC Summit 2018

Development of inclusive and robust frameworks for accreditation.

The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) recently launched an online survey for the general public on the harmonised mechanism for granting CSO observer/consultative status and the ECOSOCC National Chapter Framework. This online survey follows on regional consultations wherein African citizens (including the diaspora) contributed to the knowledge development process through a three-phase online public consultation that was complemented by a series of virtual discussions. 

ACCORD contributed to the Southern African consultation meeting that was held on 09 March 2022.  This participatory process ensured the development of inclusive and robust frameworks for the accreditation of CSOs and ECOSOCC National Chapters. The attendees of this meeting gained a better understanding of the AU harmonised accreditation framework and its implications for future engagements of African CSOs with the Union. Furthermore, they were also able to solicit inputs from relevant players on the AU-CSO accreditation framework and were provided an opportunity to have direct interface with the consultants and key stakeholders.

ECOSOCC was established in July 2004 as an Advisory organ composed of different social and professional groups of AU Member States. The purpose of ECOSOCC is to provide an opportunity for African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to play an active role in contributing to the AU’s principles, policies and programmes. 

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