Towards a people-driven African Union: Current obstacles & new opportunities


Date: July 8, 2013
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This is the first independent, substantive and public assessment of the progress of the African Union. The report analyses the preparations of African Union member states, the AU Commission and civil society during the AU summits. The main findings are that, despite some welcome new opportunities for participation, the African Union’s vision of an Africa driven by its own citizens’ remains largely unfulfilled. Detailed recommendations are offered: member states should broaden their consultation processes before summits; procedures around preparation and follow up around summits need to be revised; distribution of information about AU processes need to be greatly improved and ECOSOCC (The AU’s civil society organ) needs to be more genuinely representative. This report is endorsed by over 15 organizations in Africa and elsewhere.


ISBN: 978-1-920051-83-9
Publisher: AFRODAD, AfriMAP & Oxfam GB
Edition: 2nd edition
Year of Publication: 2007

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