With the aim of playing a crucial role in bringing about sustainable peace and contributing to the implementation of the African Union Tripoli Declaration of August 2009, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University convenes an annual forum on security called the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, or Tana Forum in short. This initiative is a response to the declaration’s appeal for “African-centred solutions”, and its call for the treatment of peace and security as a collective “intellectual challenge”.
By Nanjala Nyabola*
On 15 May 1963, 32 foreign ministers representing then-independent African states met in Addis Ababa to finally consolidate two parallel strands of mobilization – the Casablanca and Monrovia groups – into a single organization that would become the Organization of African Unity (OAU). At the time, there was a broad recognition that newly independent African states needed to work together to defend against the still looming threat of colonization, as well as to promote solidarity between Member States. The then president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, famously said, “The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total independence of the continent.”
IPSS hosted a two-day Joint Multi Stakeholders’ Forum in collaboration with the Graduate School of Development and Policy and Practice (GSDPP) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 27-28 February 2018. The theme of the Pre-Forum focused on “Africa’s Economic-Security Nexus: Strengthening Regional Integration through the AU Reform”.
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.