Call for a transformative partnership in the post-Cotonou Agreement – an Insider’s Guide for civil society

The new partnership agreement between the European Union and the members of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States marks the formal conclusion of their negotiations of the Post-Cotonou Agreement, and sets the framework for political, economic and sectoral cooperation for the next twenty years.

If the new deal is to break with old paradigms and ensure a transformative partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, more effort needs to be put into promoting a fundamental shift in power relations and the robust inclusion of civil society actors in the implementation of the Agreement – which, in practice, means providing an enabling space for civil society through engagement mechanisms that are both concrete and effective.

With this purpose in mind, ACT Alliance EU prepared together with a few other members of CONCORD an Insider’s Guide highlighting the crucial sections in the negotiated text of the Post-Cotonou Agreement. This guide, addressed to civil society in the EU and ACP countries, aims to show why CSOs must engage with the Agreement and what they can do in terms of advocacy to monitor and influence its implementation. Finally, it urges the EU and ACP countries to put their work against inequality front and centre, adopting a structural, intersectional, rights-based approach.

Read our Insider’s guide here.

Read our detailed analysis of the new EU-OACPs Agreement here.