European Network for Central Africa (EurAc)
Created in 2003, the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) gathers member organisations from civil society in several European countries. These organisations work on and in the Great Lakes region. They support civil society organisations in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda in their efforts to promote peace, the defence of human rights and development.
EurAc’s mission is to carry out advocacy towards the European Union (EU) to ensure a a strong, coherent and sustainable engagement by the EU and its member state, integrated to a regional approach, in order to help the Great Lakes region build a better future.
European Civil Society Organisations engaged in international cooperation with Central African countries, hereby assert that they wish to collectively work within the European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) with a view to contributing to (a) the establishment of peace, security, justice, democracy and sustainable development in the region.
Members of EurAc are European organisations that support or develop relations initiatives with Central Africa with a view to tackling the structural causes of the under-development of populations and supporting or backing local processes.
Therefore, they shall undertake to coordinate their efforts within the EurAc network to (b) promote more coherent European cooperation policies for promoting peace (see the text approved by nearly 50 organisations in December 2005, called in French "Pour une coopération européenne au service de la paix. Eléments de contenu et indicateurs de suivi pour un dialogue politique avec l’Afrique Centrale").
Members are active among the sub-region's populations and civil societies in various fields, whether with regard to development, human rights or humanitarian intervention when certain emergency situations require it. To this end, they shall undertake to (c) work in close partnership with civil society organisations and local players independent of governmental authorities and parties making up the national political landscape.