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As the largest business event organisers in Africa on development, human rights, law and social injustice issues, each year AU Watch organizes hundreds of local and international on-the-record events: workshops, seminars, webinars, live streaming video and audio events, conference calls, and podcasts in which AU Watch officers, senior government and AU officials, global leaders, business executives, and prominent thinkers discuss pressing regional issues of importance to Africa.  

An independent CSO with a mission to hold the AU / AUMS accountable to the standards they have set for themselves.  We seek to empower all of us to know and claim our human rights, and help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just Africa.

Our Events Team and chapters organize many events all around Africa – actually anywhere the region’s policy and economic leaders discuss issues of pertinence to Africa. Some of our events target the world research community, others are aimed at the policy, finance, private sector and civil society.

AU Watch events can be divided into six sectors:

At AU Watch we have learnt that many good researches are embedded in the world of academia. Our aim is for everyone to benefit from all our research work. New research results and their implications for policy are therefore presented to a wider, non-specialist audience in our dissemination events. Many of these researches are written in non-technical language so that the ordinary citizen can understand and participate in the conversation.

As well as hosting our own events and conferences, which will normally run for two or three days, AU Watch staff, volunteers and Governors attend and exhibit at a range of conferences, meetings and workshops throughout the year. These gathering tend to deal with understanding and debating a specific theme or area where we think our input and intervention will make a difference. Our Workshops are normally a small class in which the facilitator leads in-depth discussions on a specific theme. Some of our workshops and seminars are attended by invitation only. Many of our training programmes are conducted through our Workshops.

AU Watch’s chapters organise two forms of lectures:

  • The monthly Madiba Radio Lectures inspired by the vision of Africa’s leading icon and statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,to mark and celebrate his historic contribution to Africa.
  • A local lecture that attracts some of the most progressive minds in that chapter. The talks are filmed and then made available to the public for Free. 

We also interview leading AU and AUMS officials, organize panel discussions with experts on a range of topics and do our best to live stream all major AU events and policy speeches from AUMS Heads of State and Government.

AU Watch organizes events for the general public. Generally, these events are organized alongside major meetings of the AU, or other regional and international bodies. These events such as AU Day, Africa Human Rights Day, international Human Rights Day, award ceremonies and other memorable days are all livestreamed. These events allow AU Watch to highlight its day-to-day activities, and to draw the AU and its Members attention to issues many Africans are concerned about. Many chapters also organize other events throughout the year that are special to that country including AU Watch Annual Agricultural Show, our annual AU Watch Dinner, human rights and journalism awards.

Also known as a pseudo-event, these are events or activities conducted for the purpose of media publicity. It may also include any press briefings, interviews or events that are covered in the mass media or was hosted largely with the media in mind.

Our events provide our publics with a platform for interacting with speakers and our state managers. You also have the opportunity to directly pose your questions to these leaders and government officials. There is also an upside to all of our events – they are foras for networking. So, if you’re looking for something special, we can always be of help. Email our Events Team at: [email protected]

Celebratory Days

These are the international and regional days currently observed by the AU Watch. Some of are also AU designateddays. Please mark them down in your diary to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of AU Watch and even your own organisation.

Featured Event

AU Watch ‘Agenda 2063 Leadership Program For African Students

Date: 1 -21 December 2020

Time: 8 am-6 pm

Venue: Banjul, The Gambia

AU Watch ‘Agenda 2063 Program for African Students’ (APAS) is Africa’s leading academic enhancement and leadership development program of its kind for African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education and who wish to make a meaningful contribution and impact in the continent. It is a two or three-week ‘summer’ programme inspired by the African Union’s Agenda 2063 Programme especially the need for ‘Africa to develop its own long-term strategy to regain its own destiny’, with Africa’s youth at the helm.

We believe that many events should be freely available to all development workers and even budding entrepreneurs and businesses looking to grow. We offer a wide range of workshops and seminars across the world covering everything from human rights, governance, development, anti-corruption, security and even how to start and grow a business.

We use our own platform to list all our events and workshops. Click here to browse all upcoming dates. We find our events an invaluable forum to meet funders, partner organisations and others working on similar themes and issues we are working on to discuss further opportunities to network. If you have any feedback about the events or information you’d like to see here in the future, or would like to arrange a meeting with our staff at these events, please do get in touch at the email below.

17 October: International Day For The Eradication of Poverty

Date: 1 -21 October 2020

Time: 8 am-6 pm

Venue: Banjul, The Gambia

21 October: Africa Human Rights Day

Date: 21 October 2020

Time: 8 am-6 pm

Venue: Kairaba Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia


24 October: United Nations Day

Date: 1 -21 October 2020

Time: 8 am-6 pm

Venue: Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia

2 November: International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Date: 2 November 2020

Time: 10 am

Venue: Gambia Press House, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia


25 November: International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

Date: 25 November 2020

Time: 8 am-6 pm

Venue: Banjul, The Gambia


10 December: International Human Rights Day

Date: 10 December 2020

Time: 8 am -1 pm

Venue: Kairaba Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia

18 December: International Migrants Day

Date: 18 December 2020

Time: 8 am -1 pm

Venue: UNHCR HQ, Banjul, The Gambia

20 December: International Human Solidarity Day

Date: 20 December 2020

Time: 8 am -1 pm

Venue: Sene-Gambia Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia

Contacting The Events Team

The Events Team is responsible for the overall administration of all conferences, workshops and dissemination events. We also have a number of resources that can help African CSOs with the organisation, marketing and delivery of meetings and conferences. Talk to our Events Team to find out more about what we can do for you.

If you are organising an event of interest to us, or you would like to invite AU Watch staff to attend or speak at an event, please email the Events Team at: [email protected].

To find out about forthcoming events, please click here. For past events please click here. 

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