ACP Civil Society Forum
Official forum of ACP Civil Society organisations (INTRA ACP) established for the ACP-EU cooperation and implementation of the provisions of the Cotonou Agreement on active involvement of ACP civil society organisations as actors of the ACP-EU cooperation
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St. Michael 1
Mr Lawman LYNCH
Ms Joyce NAAR
Legal Advisor and Brussels Representatve
Our aims are:
· To promote, facilitate and enhance the vital contributions of regional and national grassroots, community based and other civil society organizations, who work for the benefit of the people of the ACP states and regions.
· To work together with EU actors and organisations in accordance with article 5 of the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement, the Cotonou Agreement, in order to provide more information and create greater awareness of the ACP-EU Partnership, encourage partnership and build links between ACP and EU actors, strengthen networking and exchange of expertise and experience among the ACP-EU actors;
. according to the Cotonou Agreement articles 4-7:
active involvement of ACP civil society as actors of the ACP-EU cooperation, programming and funding, to be provided with financial resources in order to support local development processes and be involved in the implementation of cooperation project and programmes in areas that concern them or where these actors have a comparative advantage, involving them in the design, implementation and evaluation of development strategies and programmes (articles 4 – 7 Cotonou Agreement).
According to the ACP CSF Declaration December 2009:
i. Participate in the negotiation, implementation and monitoring of the Economic Partnership Agreement
ii. Participate in the discussions and actions addressing Natural Disasters the Environment and Climate Change;
iii. Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of attempts to accomplish national indicators;
iv. Participate in the promotion of the use of Culture as a means of National, Regional and Human Development;
v. Participate in the discussions and actions addressing the present global economic and financial crisis;
vi. Participate in fostering sustainable youth development;
vii. Participate in policy dialogue and programmes that promote transparency and good governance at all national, regional and all-ACP levels of development;
viii. Participate in the promotion of food security and sovereignty;
ix. Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of progress on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals;
x. Participate in the promotion of gender equality, human rights, good governance and democratic processes;
xi. Participate in the policy dialogue and programmes on Sexual and Reproductive Health and in the fight against HIV and AIDS;
xii. Participate in the meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, ACP Parliamentary Assembly, ACP Council of Ministers, ACP Committee of Ambassadors;
xiii. Participate in the creation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Civil Society and public policy at all levels.
ACP-EU cooperation, Cotonou agreement, post Cotonou 2020, social-economic issues, trade, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), WTO issues, development, climate change, environment, agriculture, food security, energy, infrastructure, transport, Poverty Alleviation, Human Rights, and Peace Building.
Participation in ACP – EU policy meetings and keeping the members informed on relevant ACP-EU activities through the online network.
Communication on regional policies on trade, development and poverty alleviation from a civil society perspective capitalizing on civil society expertise, with ACP CSF providing inputs and facilitating sharing of expertise.
Final Report of the Study on the ACP Civil Society Forum, Framework Contract BENEF 2009, Lot 7- Governance and Home Affairs, EuropeAid /127054/C/SER/Multi, Specific Contract n°2012/310569, FINAL REPORT – August 2013,
Project financed by European Union.
The European Commission CAP Advisory Group meetings on International Aspects of Agriculture http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/consultations/advisory-groups/cap/index_en.htm
CARIFORUM EU EPA Consultative Committee:
ACP Civil Society Forum organisations participated in regional meetings in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific as well in global civil society meetings.
ACP CSF and its organizations participated in the study about ACP Civil Society Forum and its organizations ordered by ACP Secretariat and European Commission in 2013.
ACP Civil Society Forum participated in the WTO 9th Ministerial Meeting in december 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.
ACP Civil Society Forum cooperated with global civil society organizations.
ACP Civil Society Forum has been selected as observer to the European Commission CAP Advisory Group meetings on International Aspects of Agriculture http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/consultations/advisory-groups/cap/index_en.htm
ACP Civil Society Forum participated in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 and in the following meetings and seminars : European Commission CAP Advisory Group meetings on International Aspects of Agriculture 2012, World Bank Civil Society Consultation meetings, EU Trade Seminars in Warshaw, Poland, 2011, and in Prague, Czech Republic, 2010; in Brussels: DG Trade Civil Society Meetings on EPAs, Asean, USA, China, Canada, Japan, Mercosur, Andean, Climate Change, GPS, Trade and SMEs, Trade and Development etc; furthermore the EIAS seminar with ACP-China-EU on Raw Material Strategy; the regional seminars of CTA in Africa and the Caribbean; the regional seminar of the EESC- ACP-EU Follow UP Committee in Ethiopia in July 2010; the EU Structured Dialogue and the BAMAKO seminar in June 2010 through DAKAR Platforme; EIB CSD Annual Seminar; International CS Forum in Dakar, February 2011.
• ACP CSF has in ACP-EU Facilities and Programmes such as ACP Science and Technology, ACP Migration Observatory, Intra ACP Academic Mobility Scheme, ACP Cultures, ProInvest and Mundus ACP II. University of Porto invited ACP CSF as associate partner institution for the Mundus ACP project.
ACP CSF participated in the Seminar on the future of EU-ACP relations in a changing environment organised by the CONCORD Cotonou Working Group, EU NGOs and ACP CSOs from 4 - 5 October 2011 in Brussels. The topics discussed were : what future for the political dialogue between the ACP countries and the EU, what cooperation after the 10th EDF, what do CSOs want; Trade and development; the deadlock of the EPAs? The participants noted that there is no real equal partnership in the ACP- EU relations and dialogue and that there still to much dependency on financial aid. Parliaments, social, economic and civil society stakeholders should be actively involved in the programming of the financial instrument.
With regard to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), "ACP signatories should abide to the principles of the Cotonou Agreement to drive a trade policy which is coherent to the objective of poverty eradication and partnership, if those countries are to advance their trade policies according to their own needs and circumstances".
During a meeting at the ACP Secretariat on Friday 7 October 2011, the challenges for the future of ACP were discussed. These challenges are: the changing EU Architecture, Lisbon Treaty and EEAS, ACP is not longer priority for EU, Aid fatigue in Europe as well in ACP countries and changing geopolitical realities.
ACP aims to continue the North-South dialogue as well as the South-South solidarity.
"Despite the provisions in the Cotonou Agreement ACP Civil society organizations were not equipped with and have not been abled to access the resources since 2000. Article 6 of the Cotonou Agreement empowers the ACP CSOs to be actively involved in the programming, implementation and review. Although it is there legally, ACP CSOs have not been receiving funding, whereas they are key for the success of all programming. The mid term review now is the right time to make sure that ACP CSOs receive the resources that have been denied since 2001", according to a representative of the ACP Secretariat.
ACP CSF Brussels Representative/Legal Advisor Mrs.Joyce NAAR is engaged in ACP CSF activities in Brussels and EU.
ACP CSF Chairman, Bureau Members and 79 ACP CSF organizations and their networks are engaged in ACP CSF activities in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific.
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- Angola - Forum das organizações Não Governementais Angolanas (FONGA)
- Benin - Groupe de Recherche et d’Action pour la Promotion de l’Agriculture et du Développement (GRAPAD) 10
- Botswana - Botswana Council of Non Governmental Organisations (Bocongo)
- Burkina Faso - Civil Society Organization Network for Development (RESOCIDE)
- Burundi - Civil Society Platform Action Développement et Intégration Régionale (ADIR)
- Cameroun - Collectif des ONG agréées du Cameroun (CONGAC)
- Cape Verde - Associação Comercial Agricola Industrial e de Serviços de Santiago (ACAISA)
- Central African Republic - Conseil Inter ONG en Centrafrique (CIONGCA)
- Côte d’Ivoire - Alliance pour la Reconstruction et le Développement Post Conflit (ARDPC)
- Djibouti - Association des formateurs en renforcement des capacités (AFRC)
- Ethiopia - Poverty Action Network in Ethiopia (PANE)
- Gabon - Concertation Nationale des Organisations Paysannes et Producteurs du Gabon (CNOP-Gabon)
- Ghana - General Agricultural Workers’ Union of Trade Unions Congress (GAWU)
- Guinée-Bissau - Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa (INEP)
- Guinea Conakry - FEFA Guinée
- Kenya - National Council of NGO’s
- Lesotho - Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN)
- Liberia - Renaissance of West Africa Women Association
- Madagascar - Plate-forme Nationale des Organisations de la société civile de Madagascar (FNOSCM)
- Malawi - Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN)
- Mauritius - Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS)
- Mozambique - TEIA-National Forum for Mozambican NGOs & CBOs
- Namibia - Namibia Non-Governmental Organisation's Forum Trust (NANGOF Trust)
- Niger - Réseau des ONG de Développement et Associations de Défense des Droits de l’Homme et de la Démocratie (RODADDHD)
- Nigeria - National Association of Nigeria Traders (NANTS)
- RD Congo - Conseil National des Organisations Non Gouvernementales de Développement (CNONGD)
- République de Congo Brazzaville - Conseil de Concertation des ONGs de Développement (CCOD)
- République du Tchad - Centre d’Information et de Liaison des ONG (CILONG)
- Rwanda - Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP)
- São Tomé and Principe - Federação de Organizações Não Governamentais em São Tomé e Príncipe (FONG-STP)
- Sénégal - Plate-Forme des Acteurs Non Etatiques pour le suivi de l'Accord de Cotonou au Sénégal (PF-ANE) 76
- Seychelles - Liaison-Unit of Non-Governmental Organisations of Seychelles (LUNGOS)
- Sierra Leone - Civil Society Movement Sierra Leone (CSMSL)
- South Africa - South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO)
- Swaziland - Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations (CANGO)
- Tanzania - Tanzania Association of NGOs (TANGO)
- The Gambia - Worldview The Gambia (WTG)
- Togo - Groupe d´Action et de Réflexion sur l´Environnement et le Développement (GARED)
- Uganda - Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI)
- Zambia - Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD)
- Zimbabwe - Factsheet for National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO)
- West African Women Association (AFAO/WAWA)
- Antigua and Barbuda - Gilbert Agricultural & Rural Development Center (GARDC)
- Bahamas - Civil Society Bahamas
- Barbados - Barbados Association of Non Governmental Organizations (BANGO)
- Belize - Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology (BEST)
- Cuba - Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País
- Dominica - Kalinago Carib Council
- Dominican Republic - Alianza NGO
- Grenada - Inter-Agency Group of Development Organisation (IAGDO)
- Guyana - Women Across Differences (WAD)
- Haïti - Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA)
- Jamaica - Association of Development Agencies
- St. Kitts and Nevis - St Kitts Saint Christopher Heritage Association
- St. Lucia - Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR)
- St. Vincent and The Grenadines - Windward Islands Farmers’ Association (WINFA)
- Suriname - NGO Netwerk Suriname
- Trinidad and Tobago - The Centre for Grassroots Organizations of Trinidad and Tobago
- Cook Islands - Cook Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations (CIANGO)
- Fiji - Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)
- Kiribati - Kiribati Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (KANGO)
- Marshall Islands - Marshall Islands Council of NGOs (MICNGOS)
- Micronesia - FSM Alliance of NGOs (FANGO)
- Nauru - Nauru Island Association of NGOs (NIANGO)
- Niue - Niue Island (Umbrella) Association of NGOs (NIUANGO)
- Papua New Guinea - Melanesian NGO Centre for Leadership (MNCL)
- Samoa - Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organisations (SUNGO)
- Solomon Islands - Development Service Exchange (DSE)
- Timor-Leste - The Asia Foundation
- Tonga - Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT)
- Tuvalu - Tuvalu Association of NGOs (TANGO)
- Vanuatu - Vanuatu Association of NGOs (VANGO)
ACP CSF has 80 member organizations (CSOs/NGOs/networks)in 80 ACP Countries. They are participating in regional and international networks, such as
SADC Civil Society
International Council for Social Welfare (ICSW)
Caribbean Non State Actors Panels
Caribbean Civil Society Network for Aid Effectiveness
Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action www.CAFRA.org
Pacific Regional NGOs (PRNGO) Alliance
Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) www.pang.org.fj
The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) www.piango.org
China-African People's Forum http://www.trademarksa.org/news/nairobi-declaration-adopted-first-china-africa-people%E2%80%99s-forum
International Forum of national plat-forms www.ong-ngo.org
OWINFS, Our World is not For Sale.
01/2013 - 01/2014
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No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
ACP CSF has no financing resources, receives no financing and no funding from the European Commission and no funding from ACP Secretariat, although ACP CSF was established in 2001 as official ACP CSF Forum for the ACP-EU cooperation with the support of the European Commission and ACP Secretariat, and the provisions in the Cotonou Agreement since 2000 decided that the ACP CSOs have to be actively involved as partners of the ACP EU Cooperation and to be funded for the programming, implementation and review. Although it is legally in the Cotonou Agreement since 2000, ACP CSF and its organizations as official forum of the ACP EU Cooperation have not been involved and have not been receiving funding, were not equipped with and have not been abled to access the resources since 2000.
The management team of ACP CSF, existing of Chairman Lawman Lynch, Policy advisor Mr. Roosevelt King in Barbados and Legal Advisor Mrs. Joyce Naar in Brussels, as well as the ACP CSF Bureau Members in Afica, Caribbean and Pacific are working on voluntary basis, pro bono for ACP CSF.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.