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Francophone ESCR Platform: Working together for the respect of economic, social and cultural rights

The Francophone ESCR Platform (PDAF) is the first network of Francophone NGOs committed to the protection and promotion of ESCR in Sub-Saharan Africa. Created in March 2017 by Human Dignity, this network currently consists of 15 national NGOs working to promote and defend ESCR in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The launch of this platform stems from the need for a space for exchange, dialogue and collaboration on ESCR within French-speaking civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The objectives of the platform and why it matters:

  • Connect and build a regional movement for the promotion and defence of ESCR
  • Strengthen the capacity of its members in their use of human rights as an instrument to consolidate their action
  • Share information on activities, publications and initiatives of its members as well as national ESCR news
  • Share good practices and challenges in implementing ESCR at the national level
  • Define the areas of action concerning ESCR and contribute to the emergence of a collective voice on important issues in this area at the regional and international levels
  • Foster networking and meeting participation (African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Human Rights Council)

 This Platform aims to expand to English-speaking NGOs and to welcome new members sharing its objectives. 

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Platform members

  1. Alerte Congolaise pour l'Environnement et les Droits Humains (ACEDH) - DRC
  2. Association des Parents d'Élèves des Écoles Catholiques - DRC
  3. Association mauritanienne des droits de l’Homme - Mauritania
  4. Bender Djedid - Djibouti
  5. Changement Social Bénin - Benin
  6. Coalition pour l'Éducation Pour Tous – BAFASHEBIGE - Burundi
  7. Collectif des Associations Contre l'Impunité au Togo (CACIT) - Togo
  8. Conseil National des organisations de la société civile guinéenne (CNOSCG) – Republic of Guinea
  9. Human Dignity – organisation fondatrice et coordinatrice de la plateforme
  10. Mouvement Populaire pour la Santé au Gabon - Gabon
  11. Réseau Progrès Et Développement Humanitaire du Niger (REPRODEVH) - Niger
  12. Réseau Ivoirien pour la Défense des Droits de l'Enfant et de la Femme (RIDDEF) – Côte d’Ivoire
  13. Société Internationale pour les Droits de l'Homme/ Section Sénégal (SIDH) - Senegal
  14. Syndicat national des agents de la formation et de l’éducation du Niger (SYNAFEN) - Niger
  15. Union des Personnes Handicapées du Burundi – Burundi