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Citizens tracking African Governments to ensure they follow up on their African Union Commitments


Problem statement Continental Unacceptable rate of implementation of 4 policy standards &10 legal instruments Commission concerned about implementation Weak AU monitoring and reporting mechanisms Insufficient peer state pressure National Denial of basic rights and freedoms, discrimination AU treated as a Foreign Affairs issue Weak inter-ministerial and departmental synergies Rapid staff turnover poor institutional memory Poor e-governance to popularise decisions Citizens apathetic and locally preoccupied Most of Africa’s civil society organisations equally unaware and uninformed about AU instruments.


Country results over 2010 Nine national compliance reports completed for Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa, combined pop of 450 million Two months research, validation workshops, public handover to Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal and to Addis based Ambassadors to the African Union Reports generally welcomed, commitments to review status of outstanding ratifications, propositions accepted and invitations to work in new countries (Ethiopia)

State of the Union Ghana report launched in Accra Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni Ghana on Monday deepened her democratic credentials, with the launch of the State of the Union Ghana 2010 report, which focuses on the performance of the Government against key democratic governance. The 56-page report, which focused on economic and social rights; civil and political policy standards and rights instruments, was conducted between March and June this year, by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), under the State of the Union Africa project. The Ghana report is one of 10 country studies that assessed the performance of African Union Member States against the key indicators.


Continental results over 2010 State of the African Union 2010 Continental report High-level policy briefings to Executive Council, Pan African Parliament and Permanent Representatives Attributable policy impact on July 2010 Executive Council decision calling for “civil society to assist with the advocacy and sensitization of members states” and recognition that implementation critical to “upholding the integrity of Summit decisions” in January 2011 Assembly debate on shared values. “I have seen the report and it touches on the very core of our existence, the implementation of AU decisions. Not surprised you provoked the January Summit debate. Their attention is captured.”


2011-2015 Campaign Aim & Results Coalition Purpose: The State of the Union coalition tracks and engages Citizens, Governments and the African Union on the performance of Governments against key democratic governance, economic, social rights, civil and political rights policy standards and instruments Campaign Aim: Active citizenship, the realization of the fundamental freedoms and human rights contained in various key AU policy standards and legal instruments and effective national governance

Results Areas Inform and empower Citizens to act Influence states to ratify, popularise and implement Build inclusive continental and national platforms


4 Standards, 10 Treaties, 43 indicators 1. 2. 3. 4. l l l l l l l l l l

Abuja Call for Accelerated Action Towards Universal Access to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Services by 2010, Abuja Maputo Plan of Action for Implementing the Continental Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Rights Policy Framework 2007-2010, Maputo African Health Strategy 2007-2015, Johannesburg NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Plan (CAADP) African Charter on Human and People’s Rights African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, Addis Ababa African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Addis Ababa African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Algiers African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, Maputo African Youth Charter, Banjul Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. Maputo Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the Pan-African Parliament, Sirte Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Maputo Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community. Abuja


The State of the Union coalition tracks and engages Citizens, Governments and the African Union on the performance of Governments against key democratic governance, economic, social rights, civil and political rights policy standards and instruments It urges compliance with fourteen policies and laws adopted by the African Union. These policies and laws offer the greatest promise for fighting poverty, discrimination and injustice. Over 2009, ten organizations came together to do research, hold community hearings and national consultations . Join us to act for compliance and change!

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