The African Union (AU) has called for stronger collaboration between governments and the civil society in the implementation of policies if the continent is to realise development.
The call was made at an economic, social and cultural council sensitisation and motivation campaign meeting in Harare.
Addressing civil society and government representatives, Advisor to AU Chairperson, Ambassador Lazarus Kapambwe said the civil society should work with the political leadership in the country to ensure progress in the implementation of developmental projects.
“Partnerships between the civil society and governments in developmental projects are critical for a peaceful environment and the growth of the continent,” said Ambassador Kapambwe.
A representative of the civil society, Rindai Chipfunde-Vava appreciated the gesture by the AU, saying this will give an opportunity for the non-governmental organisations to engage the continental bloc on developmental issues.
“We welcome the gesture which is the beginning of further engagements for the development of the continent and we will give a better picture on how other countries are doing it,” said Chipfunde-Vava.
The meeting was attended by stakeholders from civil society groups in the country and was meant to sensitise non-governmental organisations on future elections which will be participated by the groups.
Similar meetings have been held in Zambia and the next destinations will be Namibia and Lesotho.