HENRY MAKORI: African Union needs overhaul

The African Union held its 11th Extraordinary Summit in Addis Ababa November 17-18, which adopted reforms to make the continental bloc financially independent and more effective.

The reforms were crafted by outgoing chairman Paul Kagame. The Rwandan president was mandated to conduct a study on the state of the union.

The study, released last year, frames the AU’s problems as management failure. It identifies poor implementation of decisions, a perception of limited relevance to Africans, fragmentation of the organisation with numerous focus areas, overdependence on donor funding and limited managerial capacity.

Proposed reforms include focusing on key priorities with continental scope, realigning AU institutions to deliver against those priorities, efficient management of operations and…

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