oa Africa Insight - The African Union: Problems and Prospects

Volume 32, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The challenges facing Amara Essy, the Secretary-General of the recently launched African Union, are enormous and if they are to be met at all, the collective efforts of all African leaders will be essential. This is perhaps the case now more than ever before in the history of Africa. Selling the African Union (AU) to ordinary Africans and making it familiar and acceptable is one of the most challenging tasks facing the new continental body, and one that is set to continue for a long time to come. Due to stark differences in capacity and resource mobilisation, however, the functions, activities and even organs of the AU are not understood in the same manner or at the same level in all of the member states.

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