AWEPA is guided by the advice of the Eminent Advisory Board. This board meets annually to discuss AWEPA’s policies and programmes and to make suggestions for future priorities regarding developments in Africa. The board members are appointed for an indefinite period of time.
The AWEPA Partnership Council is an organ consisting of members of the AWEPA Eminent Advisory Board, AWEPA’s main African Partners and the AWEPA Executive Committee. It is jointly chaired by the Chair of the Eminent Advisory Board, Ms. Graça Machel, and the President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet. The Council aims to convene once a year to discuss issues of a strategic and visionary nature, where northern and southern stakeholders meet to dialogue around issues that concern all in the collective endeavour to improve human rights in Africa.
The highest political body within AWEPA is the Governing Council which comprises representatives from the AWEPA sections in the European Parliament and the national parliaments of Europe. The Council elects the Executive Committee, which is accountable to the Governing Council. The Governing Council operates as a general assembly for a five year term and meets on a minimum once a year. The Council also decides on the overall policy of AWEPA and is chaired by the President, Ms. Miet Smet.
AWEPA’s Executive Committee is the executive board of the organisation and meets four times a year. It is elected by the Governing Council for a period of five years to prepare and execute the organisation’s policy. It is composed of the President and Vice-Presidents.