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Pre-Forum on Strengthening Regional Integration through 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.


The main objective of the joint Pre-Tana Forum is to draw attention to the current regional integration agenda in Africa, deepen policymakers’ understanding in this area, and encourage them to implement agreed-upon policies in their respective country or region (“from policy to practice”). Moreover, as a precursor to the Tana Forum, the Pre-Forum will lay the ground for discussions that will be held in April 2018 on the theme: “Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union”.


A total of 100 experts will take part in the Pre-Forum, including relevant stakeholders and policymakers from the AU, RECs/RMs, Member States, as well as international organizations, the diplomatic community, civil society organizations and development partners.


Whilst we should not underestimate the progress that has been made towards economic integration in Africa, we need to understand why we are not doing better. Economic integration is part of moving forward, not only to economic prosperity, but also to greater cultural understanding, and moving away from the xenophobia that we have experienced from time to time. By focusing on Africa’s economic-security nexus and strengthening regional integration through AU reform, we will deepen our understanding of the political, economic and security factors that can inhibit, or hopefully promote, a more prosperous and integrated Africa.


Click here to download the Pre-Forum Concept Note.


About IPSS

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) serves as the Secretariat of the annual Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa. Parallel to hosting the Forum Secretariat, IPSS also runs the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP), a joint project with the African Union (AU) that aims to build African capacities to develop and implement African-led solutions in peace and security in Africa.



The mission of the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP), based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) (, is to promote and inspire strategic public leadership in Africa. As a multi-disciplinary centre, the School aims to build an esprit de corps amongst leaders in South Africa and Africa more broadly, and to promote peer networks and linkages between leaders in government and in other fields such as academia, business, civil society and the arts.


About the Tana Forum

The Tana Forum is an independent initiative that seeks to provide an informal platform for African Heads of State/Government to engage in open and frank discussions with a wide spectrum of non-state stakeholders on the most pressing peace and security issues confronting the continent. IPSS will convene the 7th Tana Forum on the theme: “Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union” from 22-23 April 2017 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia ( The Forum is envisaged to bring together approximately 200 multi-stakeholders and representatives from the continent and beyond. These include several African Heads of State/Government as well as representatives from the AU, RECs and other regional bodies, international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), faith-based organizations, the private sector, academia, think tanks, media, civil society, partners and other high-level office-bearers.