n Journal of African Union Studies - Constructing African unity : an ascendant architecture or building on shaky foundations - : editorial

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


The African Union (AU) has placed important emphasis on the construction of a robust peace, security and governance architecture. There has been considerable progress in developing the blueprint, breaking ground and laying the first critical foundations upon which the continental body will construct the necessary structures to realise African integration and unity. The first critically important phases of this ambitious endeavour have already been initiated. The Decision of the 15th Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (Assembly/AU/Dec.304 (XV), mandated the African Union Commission (AUC) to put in place a Pan-­African Architecture on Governance. It is anticipated that the Architecture would provide the process and mechanism of enhancing policy dialogue, convergence, coherence, and harmonization amongst AU Organs, institutions and Member States as a way of speeding up the integration process on the continent (UNECA 2011). Given this mandate, the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission initiated the process of articulating and developing the African Governance Architecture. The rationale for this architecture is stated as being that while there are several governance instruments, frameworks, and institutions at the regional, sub-­regional and national levels, there is little or no effective synergy, coordination and harmonization amongst them.

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