Africa Union Liaison Office
In 2007, IPPF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Union Commission to strength relations between the two institutions. Following this development, IPPF Africa Region established a liaison Office to the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July 2013 headed by Resident Representative, Sam Ntelamo.
Addis Ababa is strategic in that it is home to the AU Commission, various United Nations agencies, diplomatic missions and other international organizations.
In addition to providing opportunity for enhanced visibility, networking and advocacy for IPPFR with various stakeholders, the liaison office serves as machinery that gathers intelligences on policy issues of mutual benefit to IPPF and monitors and contributes towards policy development at the AU level.
Similarly, in 2013 IPPFAR signed an MoU with the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), that aims to strengthen advocacy work on issues related to address reproductive and sexual health, including family planning prevention of HIVAIDS and maternal mortality and morbidity.
Since its inception, the liaison office is working to forge new partnerships with key Ethiopia-based allies, such as the UN Economic Commission for Africa and on-governmental organizations working in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights and population and development.
In addition to liaison activities with several organisations under its portfolio, the Liaison Office also implements a project that supports the Africa Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (FPA). Negotiations and mobilisation of funds are also on an advanced stage to support a three year youth programme within the African Union’s Department for Human Resource, Science and Technology. This envisaged programme will help the AU in its quest to evaluate the successes of the African Youth Charter, as well as the preparation of the Africa State of the Youth Report.