Civil Society & Diaspora

Civil Society & Diaspora

The African Union is committed to Strengthening a people centered Union through active communication of the programmes of the African Union, the branding of the Union and participation of Member States and other stakeholders in defining and implementing the African agenda.

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Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO)
The Directorate is designed to serve as a catalyst to facilitate the involvement of African peoples in Africa and around the world in the affairs of the AU. CIDO has two divisions, the Civil Society Division and the Diaspora Division. It also has a unit that serves as the Secretariat of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). The Council, which is composed of civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-state organs, was established in 2004 as an advisory organ to the AU .
Where We Are

The Civil Society
The Civil Society
The Diaspora Division
The Diaspora Division
The Secretariat of Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC)
Staff Profiles

Ahmed El-Basheer
Acting Director

Amb. Jalel Chelba
Head, Civil Society Division

Ms. Eiman Kheir
Diaspora Policy Officer - Middle East, Asia and Oceania

Kyeretwie Osei
Policy Officer – Americas and Caribbean

Hazel Maureen Danetta Dixon
Desk Office – NGO Social and Economic Issues

William Carew
Regional Desk Officer Peace Movement

Sarah Abdel-Mohsen
Junior Consultant
Declaration of the Global African Diaspora Summit
Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa 25 May 2012 The Heads of State and Government of the African Union, the Caribbean and South America
REALIZING the imperative of a sustained and coordinated approach and ownership of the African Diaspora related programmes and projects so as to promote their effective implementation and impact;
COMMIT to cooperate in the political, economic and social areas outlined in this Programme of Action, and implementation and follow-up modalities.
Social Engagement
Mr. Ahmed El-Basheer Ag. Director, Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) Tel: +251‐11 518 21 08 | +251 11 51 77 00 Fax: +251 11 551 78 44 Email: ; cido@africa‐