ACP Civil Society Forum News
The ACP Civil Society Forum reflects and embodies the spirit of the Cotonou Agreement. Cotonou, The Paris Declaration, the Accra Agenda and the Busan Declaration explicitly refer to Civil Society Organisations as independent development actors in their own right.
At the last meeting of the Forum in 2009, members of the Forum realised that they had to take matters into their own hands if the Forum was to survive. This after a long history of turn-arounds and dwindling attendance because the Secretariat became less and less effective at reaching members through their embassies.
In 2012/2013, the ACP Secretariat commissioned a study of the ACPCSF. This was done by Welmoed Koekebakker. Here are some key extracts: