The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria cordially invites you to the Launch of an Impact Analysis Study of the African Union (AU) Economic Cultural and Social Council (ECOSOCC) in the Governance structure of the African Union.

The Constitutive Act of the African Union provides that the ‘participation of African Peoples in the activities of the Union’ will be a principle according to which the Union will function. The Constitutive Act also states the ‘need to build a partnership between governments and all segments of civil society as a guiding vision of the establishment of the Union. To this end, the African Union established ECOSOCC as one of the organs which would facilitate for the participation of the African Citizenry in the affairs of the AU and the Continent. ECOSOCC was established as an advisory body to the AU, to provide a platform for the representation and involvement of African CSOs in decision-making on the continent through influencing AU policies, programmes, and principles.

The study critically analyses the extent to which ECOSOCC has fulfilled its mandate and objectives and looks into its practice and performance since its inception. The study sought to examine the extent to which ECOSOCC has lived to the ideals and aims that inspired its establishment and offered recommendations for the organ to increase its capacity toward fulfilling its mandate.

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Event Information

Date: 5 Monday  November 2022
Time: 11.00 – 13.00 (SAST)
Venue:  HPC Auditorium, HPC Hotel

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  • Moderator
    Ms. Tariro Sekeramayi
    Project Officer
    Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit, Centre for Human Rights
  • Opening Remarks
    Professor Frans Viljoen
    Centre for Human Rights


  • Reflection on the report and main findings
    Dr Japhet Biegon,
    African Regional Advocacy Coordinator,
    Amnesty International Secretariat. Extraordinary Lecturer, Centre for Human Rights
  • Professor Cheryl Hendricks
    Executive Director
    The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Dr. Nkatha Murungi
    Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights
  • Closing Remarks
    Ms Bonolo Makgale
    Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit, Programme Manager
    Centre for Human Rights

For more information contact:

Ms Bonolo Makgale
Programme Manager: Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4199
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743

Ms Tariro Sekeramayi
Project Officer: Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit

Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743


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