The African Union adopted a Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness during the 2016 Ordinary Sessions of the Executive Council and the Assembly held in January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The CAP lays emphasis on humanitarian effectiveness in Africa, and is a consolidation of the aspirations of African Union Member States and their people, on the desired reforms they want in the global humanitarian architecture to make it more effective and relevant for the future.
In this regard, the CAP is therefore Africa’s contribution in shaping a future humanitarian architecture - An Agenda for Humanity - as proposed by the Secretary General of the United Nations. Furthermore, this CAP serves as Africa’s longterm roadmap and vision on forced displacement in line with its Agenda 2063. In doing so, the CAP reaffirms and recalls ideals of Pan-Africanism and African Shared Values, as foundations of Africa’s humanitarian architecture.