The Circles are the foundation of our structures. There are two main types of circles: Working Circles to enable the development and strengthening of the AEPF, and Thematic Circles – for policy and lobbying work

  • Circles are created and made up of people who are representatives and activists from organizations and are people committed to working on the issue or activity that is the focus of the circle.
  • Circles are open and not closed.
  • Circles can agree on their most appropriate ways of working.
  • Circles should develop and agree plans for their work and share these as appropriate.
  • Circles will intersect.
  • Circles, when formed, will elect a link person(s) to link to other appropriate circles.

Thematic circles could also be developed for specific areas of policy and lobbying work. Some of these might be of a short duration and related to an activity others may be on-going. This is an open ended list. If there is the commitment and energy to establish and contribute to a circle then its establishment should be considered.

It is proposed to build these around the four themes of activity

- Participatory democracy and human rights
- Peace and security
- Social and economic rights
- Environmental justice and sustainability

One of the most important parts of the structure is the way in which circles link together. Each circle will elect a member to be the link person to other appropriate circles. This could be between two different thematic circles or between a thematic and geographical circle. The linking has many roles and responsibilities. It is key to enabling the AEPF to be more comprehensive and to making sure that the geographic and thematic circles share their ideas and activities. The links can also enable us to join and co-operate with other movements and networks.

Thematic Circles are not necessarily fixed or with a fixed membership. They should work respecting the AEPF Principles stated earlier and respect the AEPF Charter.

To establish a circle, a group, organisation or network should elect a focal link person/organization as outlined above. The Thematic Circle will need to apply to the IOC for recognition. Share who the focal link person/organization is and agree to report regularly to the IOC.

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