Who we are
The State of the Union Coalition (SOTU), is a coalition of civil society organizations working together to hold African Governments accountable for the ratification and implementation of African Union instruments. SOTU is incorporated in Nigeria as the AFRICA INITIATIVE FOR CITIZENS ENGAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT. SOTU believes that establishing a democratic culture, effective public institutions and meaningful citizens’ participation in public affairs requires investment in relationships and processes that raise voices, perspectives and interests of African peoples to demand delivery of key political, social and economic rights at all levels. Informing and empowering citizens to demand implementation will demonstrate to civil servants and politicians that continental standards have national and local political relevance
Why this coalition
While there are a number of organizations and coalitions that have been tracking and advocating for Governments to ratify and implement key standards and protocols, the State of the Union (SOTU) coalition is the only coalition to date that has tracked and engaged citizens, Governments and the African Union on the performance of Governments against a broad range of key democratic governance, economic, social rights, civil and political rights policy standards and instruments. The coalition has demonstrated considerable continental policy impact within a remarkably short period of time.
Members of the coalition have strong relationships at national and continental levels with coalitions and organizations working on the full range of rights being tracked and advocated for. It is intended that these relationships be invited to collaborate on specific parts of the campaign with the State of the Union coalition.
What is our theory of change
Establishing and evolving a democratic culture, effective public institutions and meaningful citizens’ participation in public affairs requires investment in relationships and processes that raise the voices, perspectives and interests of the African peoples to demand the delivery of key political, social and economic rights standards. By informing and empowering citizens to demand implementation, this will demonstrate to politicians and civil servants that the continental standards have national and local political relevance. The establishment of national multi-agency platforms will provoke policy dialogues with national authorities on the resources, mechanisms and prioritization required.
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