The extent of wealth and income inequality is of widespread concern both for the AU and for Member States despite numerous research and documentation on the issue. Despite the Nairobi Principles, Tunis Reporting Guidelines, numerous resolutions and reports, there is no regional policy agenda focused specifically on tackling disadvantage caused by socio-economic inequality, whether by reducing poverty or promoting inclusive growth

We provide technical and practical support to the AU, its Members and other CSOs in developing and conducting research that strengthens their collective power to promote and protect human rights. We do so by facilitating collaboration and exchanges between ourselves, hosting research training events, collaborating on joint projects and running short human rights courses.

Enhancing partnerships, communicating research, strengthening partners’ capacity, and leveraging data and analytical tools are critical to implementing and achieving impact through AU Watch’s strategic research areas. So, we are now conducting research how some Member States are tackling socio-economic disadvantage, which hopefully could be a model for others to follow.

More information on AU Watch research program is available here.