For over three years now the Africa Platform (formerly Africa CSO Platform on Principled Partnership) has been working on state-society relations in post conflict countries. This initiative has involved three levels of engagement
Here are our key program areas
- Strengthening Relations between Civil Society and Governments through informal and formal dialogue spaces, collective and joint policy development and negotiations with governments on policies and development agenda that are not in conformity with greater societal aspirations. The Africa Platform has supported this work in Liberia, Rwanda and South Sudan.
- Active support to Civil Society on engagement with international and other external factors, including options for engaging with Development partners and Private Sector. In this regard The Africa Platform continues to be actively engaged in shaping private sector dialogues at the World Economic Forum while also working to build the accountability and strengthen responsibility of private sector in mainly post conflict and conflict affected countries.
Creation of and supporting engagement in Global Policy Spaces that have long term impact on the national development strategies. The Africa Platform has also been a leader in engagements under the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Agenda, with an active global program of engagement in Governance, Democracy and Promotion of Peace and the Social contract in post conflict states. At the regional level the Africa Platform continues to support the Africa Working Group on Sustainable Development (AWG), a coalition of Civil Society from across Africa, in strategic engagement with mainly Africa Governments and the Africa Union. The support has been at three levels-active engagement by the Africa Platform, financial support to the coalition to engage in different platforms at all levels, and deliberate strategic linkages with governments and global actors across the Region and with the United Nations.
The Platform is also part of the global leadership of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and StateBuilding (IDPS), a global forum for donors under INCAF) and conflict affected countries (under g7+ group of states) to address root causes of conflict and ensure development is country-owned society-led and is rooted in a long term peace agenda. The IDPS also serves as a Platform where three core actors-society (through CSOs), Governments and Development Partners, dialogue to address root causes of conflict and develop programs that prevent relapse to conflict.
several networks while also supporting and strengthening an Africa Coalition under the Africa Working Group on Post 2015. The Africa Platform also sits on the
Direct support to Governments to engage and negotiate with External actors while ensuring that International actors adhere to the Principle of Do No Harm in their work-either Economic or Social.
These programs have evolved over the three years to a more contextual program that now falls under the Africa Platform’s Social Contract Initiative.
Over the next five years The Africa Platform will work on three areas under the Social contract, most of them targeted at post conflict countries.
Civil Society Support for Society Mobilization and Government Engagement-Building Movements from within
The Africa Platform will support skills’ building and strategic capacity support to a core group of Civil Society in each of the target countries who will be able to mobilize society in a wide range of accountability areas while also working with governments in joint policy and national visioning processes. The skills will range from Mobilization, Grassroots engagement to negotiation, lobby and diplomacy as well as Policy Development.
National (Civil) Society Support on Renewing State Legitimacy and Rebuilding the Social Contract-Building Collaboration across sectors
This will be a context specific support that will combine national level training and resource support to ensure the building of strong relations between the state and their citizens. It will include a combination of programs, from those that involve direct citizen access to government data to direct communication channels between Citizens and their Governments. Where needed the support will be offered through Civil Society Organizations with strong grass roots mob ilization power.
Global Policy Influence and Government Support to External Engagement-Building Partnerships for joint national vision
The Africa Platform will work with selected governments to support their global engagement capacity and ensure that all contractual obligations are done in the primary interest of the citizens and are not skewed to either political or external interests.
The Africa Platform works through focal points in 23 countries across Africa to promote state-society relations through principled partnership and respectful dialogue among CSOs and with governments, with a primary focus on emerging democracies and Conflict Affected States. While our work has recently extended to include countries that are members of group of conflict affected states (wwwg7plus.org), our work remains primarily across Africa-Benin. Burundi. Cameroon. DR Congo. Egypt.Equatorial Gambia.Guinea. Ethiopia.Ghana. Kenya, Liberia. Malawi.Mali. Nigeria. Rwanda. Senegal.Sierra Leone. Somalia Republic.South Sudan. Togo.Uganda.Tanzania. Zambia .Zimbabwe.