By Mpako Foaleng and Niagalé Bagayoko*
Since the 1990s, the African Union (AU) has progressively undertaken a variety of initiatives to maintain peace and security on the continent without the required financial means. As a consequence, the continental body has been highly dependent on external donors to achieve its ambitions. For instance, the AU Peace Fund, instituted in 1993, has mainly been funded by donors.
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) 22 February 2018 – H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Current AU Chairperson, will deliver the keynote address at the 7th Tana Forum in April 2018 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The theme for this year, “Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union”, is expected to generate convergent views on Africa’s security delivery analyzed through the lens of AU reform.
The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will host a two-day event on the subject of: “Africa’s Economic-Security Nexus: Strengthening Regional Integration through AU Reform”. The Pre-Forum will take place at UNECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 27-28 February 2018.
One of the key activities at the Tana Forum is the Annual Book Launch, where published authors - both African and non-African - have the opportunity to present their books on peace, security, governance or development. The first edition of the Annual Book Launch took place on 21 April 2017 on the eve of the 6th Tana Forum. Dr. Greg Mills, Director of the Brenthurst Foundation based in Johannesburg, and H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, launched their book titled, “Making Africa Work: A Handbook for Economic Success“.
By: W. R. Nadège Compaoré
The Africa Mining Vision (AMV), endorsed by the African Union (AU) in February 2009, is a regional policy framework that seeks to address the paradox of a resource-rich continent that continues to see enduring poverty. In order to encourage a context-specific domestication process of the AMV, AU member states are expected to develop a Country Mining Vision (CMV).