ENIASA - European Network for Information and Action on Southern
This European network on Southern Africa has existed since 1995,
being the successor organization to the Liaison Group of the Anti-Apartheid
Movements within the EU. The then German Anti-Apartheid Movement
had been a member from the beginning and since 1998, a representative
of KOSA has regularly participated in the meetings which take place
two or three times a year. The network has member groups in all
EU countries as well as in Switzerland, and in many countries their
work is done by volunteers. This means that by far not all groups
can take part in the meetings and ENIASA activities all the time
due to financial reasons or non-availability. However, most members
make an effort to organize in their respective countries a major
international event within their possibilities, as with the Presidency
of the Council of the European Union.
Financial support on behalf of the European Commission has certainly
helped to strengthen the co-operation and to develop joint actions.
Thus, activities as well as focal objectives of the member organizations
in their countries are put forward and possibilities of collaboration
are discussed. By now, frequent visits are made and talks held in
several European countries in the course of round trips with guests
from Southern Africa. During the negotiations between the EU and
South Africa (trade agreement) as well as in view of the flood disaster
in Mozambique, concerted mailings had been carried out in various
European countries at the same time.
For more information on ENIASA, its member organizations and their
work, check out its website (www.eniasa.org).