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.
The role of civil society in the dialogue and in the implementation of the Post-Cotonou Agreement is clearly outlined in the text. However, the procedures and conditions for ensuring structured and effective participation of CSOs still remain unclear. Like the previous agreement, it offers a promising framework for participation by civil society actors, but it does not create mechanisms for translating this aspiration into practice.
This guide, addressed to CSOs in the EU and in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, pinpoints the crucial sections in the negotiated text of the Post-Cotonou Agreement. Particularly focusing on the role of civil society, the Insider’s Guide aims to show why CSOs must engage with the Agreement and what they can do in terms of advocacy to influence its implementation.