|Civil Society and Policy Dialogue|
|This section contains a number of documents and reports from civil society meetings in Africa, Canada and internationally dealing with African development.
There is a special focus on the NEPAD initiative, which was launched in 2001 by the African Union. "This New Partnership for Africa’s Development is a pledge by African leaders, based on a common vision and a firm and shared conviction, that they have a pressing duty to eradicate poverty and to place their countries, both individually and collectively, on a path of sustainable growth and development, and at the same time to participate actively in the world economy and body politic." NEPAD document, page 1
During 2001 and 2002, many civil society meetings took place to examine the NEPAD initiative. There was considerable criticism of the lack of public consultation before and after the launch of NEPAD. Other criticism centred on NEPAD's economic assumptions and the weakness of its gender analysis. Whilst PAC recognizes these concerns, it feels strongly that the NEPAD initiative provides a fresh and unique framework for civil society organizations to dialogue with governments and support the positive aspects of NEPAD.
Civil Society Conference on the New African Initiative / NEPAD
Source: PAC Date: 2001
Report of a conference on the New African Initiative (NAI)/NEPAD, including three papers and an economic analysis of the NAI, organized by PAC, A-Dialogue and Alternatives, Ottawa, October 2001
Conference on Africa's Development Challenges
Source: SAPRN Date: 2002
Declaration from a Conference on Africa's Development Challenges in the Millennium, organized by CODESRIA and TWN-AFRICA, Accra, April, 2002.
Conference on NEPAD
Source: North-South Institute Date: 2002
Report of a conference of analysts, policy-makers, and advocates on issues related to NEPAD, organized by the North-South Institute and the African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, April 2002.
African Civil Society Regional Consultation on NEPAD
Source: CRDA Date: 2002
Declaration of a regional meeting on NEPAD for African CSOs, organized by CRDA and PAC, Addis Ababa, June 2002.
Key Messages on NEPAD
Source: CCIC Date: 2002
Statement by the Africa Canada Forum outlining some key messages with respect to NEPAD and the G8's response to it, Ottawa, June 2002.
African Trade Union Statement on NEPAD
Source: SAPRN Date: 2002
Statement from the Executive Boards of two continental trade union federations - Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) and the African Regional Organisation of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (AFRO-ICFTU) after a two-day workshop on NEPAD, July 2002.
NEPAD and Gender Issues
Source: Africa Action Date: 2002
Paper by Sara Hlupekile Longwe assessing whether NEPAD can provide the basis for action on issues of gender inequality, and therefore whether the newly formed African Union provides a new opportunity and mechanism for progress towards equal rights for women in Africa. October 2002.