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Imagining a self-sufficient African Union

Since independence half a century ago, African leaders have periodically launched continent-wide initiatives aimed at reducing and eventually ending the continent’s dependency on foreign aid. Establishing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the African Union (AU), and the African Development Bank was part of that effort. These plans to extend African institutions and socio-economic platforms continued in the 1980s with the Lagos Plan of Action, while the 2000s featured the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).

These broad initiatives included resource mobilisation strategies, among them proposals for a continental common market that would see trade replacing foreign aid. In 2015, a proposal for a levy on air tickets in member states to raise money for financing AU operations and programmes was nearly adopted but soon abandoned. Since the 1960s, no continent-wide initiative on the part of the OAU or its successor organisation, the AU, has succeeded.

Publié le 12 janvier 2017

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