The European Sections are instrumental to AWEPA’s work. AWEPA has a broad network of parliamentarians and former parliamentarians from across Europe, with over 1800 members from parliaments from almost all EU member states, the European Parliament, Norway and Switzerland. These members are grouped into a Section within their respective parliaments.
Sections Core Function
The Sections’ core function is to keep Africa high on the political agenda in Europe and facilitate African-European Parliamentary dialogue. AWEPA works to support its existing and new Sections so that they may perform advocacy and support functions effectively and efficiently.
By promoting African issues on the political agendas of the EU and separate EU member states and by lobbying on decision-making, AWEPA can contribute to more favourable and more coherent trade, aid, investment and agricultural policies towards Africa. AWEPA believes that these advocacy efforts can have a powerful impact on structural poverty reduction.
Members of Sections are also involved in AWEPA activities in African parliaments aimed at capacity building, as well as supporting parliamentary exchange visits to Europe to exchange expertise and strengthen African-European dialogue.