From the outset, the Joint Africa-EU Strategy has taken into account the active participation of the civil society. Civil society participation was materialized through the setting up of two steering committees, with the support of the African and the European Commission.
These committees include a range of organizations working on the relationship between the two continents from several perspectives: development NGOs, organizations active in the field of governance and human rights, trade-unions, youth organizations; working on the promotion of peace or environmental issues.
These two steering committees organized a Civil Society Forum in Brussels which gathered representatives from 32 African and 36 European organisations in order to develop ideas for reforming the JAES in the perspective of the upcoming Summit of Heads of State of 2014. They also proceeded to evaluate past experiences and future opportunities in the framework of the JAES and underscored the importance of a people-centred and multi-stakeholder partnership.
For the Joint Africa-EU Civil Society Statement at the EU-Africa Summit please click here
The final declaration of the Africa-EU Civil Society Forum can be found here
For interviews, articles and a video related to the Africa-EU Civil Society Forum please click here