NEPAD Council is a non-political and independent Non-Profit Organization (NGO) founded by young African professionals and scholars with a pledge to support the New Partnership for Africa’s Development to achieve its mission. As a supporting partner, NEPAD Council’s mission is to mobilize and energize global action, marshal resources and expertise so as to provide impetus to NEPAD’s objectives. The council matches NEPAD’s commitment with its own agenda to promote creativity in Africa, boost expertise and capacity, encourage democracy and good governance and provide more effective development expertise. The Council has been working closely with the African Union missions to mobilize the Diaspora to participate in the development of Africa.
NEPAD Council is made up of members representing all African countries. Members of NEPAD Council are selected from exceptionally skilled individuals who can dedicate some of their free time to work torwards the development of Africa.
NEPAD Council is recognized and endorsed by the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC). In the 2004 HSGIC meeting communique, it was noted “The HSGIC noted, with appreciation, a report that young African scholars based in the US, with outstanding academic records in their fields, had established a group, whose objective is to mobilize their intellectual capital for the implementation of NEPAD. The meeting decided that efforts be made to make contact with members of the Group to meet with the Heads of State and Government in the USA during the G8 Summit.” Following the Maputo meeting, NEPAD council met with president Mbeki who further endorsed the activities of the Council.