Civil society’s role at the heart of EU-Africa relations

5th African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan

Civil society groups in Africa and Europe say that they have been repeatedly shut out of the process of influencing and shaping the agenda for EU-African relations. The result, they argue, is a top-down process between political leaders that is disconnected from the needs of local people and their communities. With the EU and African Union in the process of drawing up a new ‘strategic partnership’ between the two blocs, this needs to change.

In this event report, EURACTIV looks at the demands and expectations of civil society groups and how they can be at the heart of developing EU-Africa relations.

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