Regional and national support bodies

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. It was officially launched in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, 1963-1999).

The Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world.

The League of Arab States is a regional organisation formed on 22 March 1945. The main goal of the league is to “draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.”

The Union Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) was established with the treaty signed in Dakar on 10 January 1994 by the Heads of State and Government of seven West African countries using the CFA Franc in common.