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Since 2006, Fahamu’s AU Monitor initiative has provided training, research, information and news to strengthen civil society and citizen participation in the African Union and its organs in the interest of promoting democratic principles, peace, equity and justice. 

Facilitating the contribution and participation of movements and citizens at the AU, the initiative has spearheaded efforts to amplify citizen voices in key processes such as the Audit of the African Union and the debate on the Union Government.  

As a member of the steering committee of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition and a member of the State of the Union (SOTU) coalition, Fahamu continues to work through the AU Monitor initiative towards the realisation of rights enshrined in key AU instruments including the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance among others.   

Aim of the initiative

To provide platforms for Africa-centred advocacy that strengthens movements and citizens’ voices in policy agenda setting and implementation while amplifying progressive African voices and decision-making.


The AU Monitor seeks to:

  • Strengthen civil society and citizens’ engagement in the African Union and its organs and institutions,
  • Enhance coordinated pan-African advocacy aimed at the African Union and its organs and institutions,
  • Augment accountability of policy makers at the national and continental levels,
  • Strengthen the people-driven nature of the African Union,
  • Enhance the popularisation of African Union decisions and processes at all levels.

Desired long term impact

The long term impact of the AU Monitor initiative is increased democratisation of political, social and economic spaces creating meaningful change based on a people-centred agenda. 

In addition to providing news and information through a dedicated site, the AU Monitor produces special reports of relevance to its mission. These reports are published in the AU Monitor and in Pambazuka News.