African Union

The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of 55 member states in Africa. AU was officially launched in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, following a decision in September 1999 by its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), to create a new continental organisation to build on its work.

The Union is guided by its vision of “An Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” The goal of the AU is guided by the Constitutive Act of the African Union and the Protocol on Amendments to the Constitutive Act of the African Union.

The AU aims to achieve greater unity and solidarity between African countries and their people, encouraging international cooperation; and accelerating the continent’s political and socio-economic integration. Its work is implemented through several organs and institutions that include: – The Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the Executive Council, the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), Specialised Technical Committees (STCs), the Peace and Security Council, and The African Union Commission. The AU structure promotes African citizens and civil society participation through the Pan-African Parliament and the Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC).

The official languages of the Union and all its institutions are Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Kiswahili, and any other African language.

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Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024

Africa, African Union

This strategy hopes to accelerate Africa’s transition to an innovation-led, knowledge-based economy. Chapter one of this document presents the situational analysis of Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa; chapter two outlines the strategic orientation, implementation...

Africa - Continent 2024

African Integration Booklet

Africa, African Union

This booklet details all the regional organizations in Africa. It also outlines various African Union intergration programmes, the achievements of the integration process and the integration challenges.

Africa - Continent 2019

GMES and Africa: Training Strategy

Africa, African Union

This objective of this training strategy is to strengthen the GMES & Africa Consortia, stakeholders and end users in using EO science and technology. This training seeks to educate users on how to utilize EO...

Africa - Continent 2019

Transitional Justice Policy

Africa, African Union

This policy identifies the traditional justice mechanisms to address justice, peace, accountability, social cohesion, reconciliation and healing. It hopes to support and respect community-based accoutability mechanisms that seek to foster integration and reconcilation; and to...

Africa - Continent 2019

AU Strategy for Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment

Africa, African Union

This strategic framework identifies some gender challenges and approaches to address them. To encourage girl’s education and care work, the African Union plans to integrate and implement gender dimensions into African Union Flagship projects and...

Africa - Continent 2018

Africa Health Strategy 2016 – 2030

Africa, African Union

This strategic framework has the overarching mission to build an effective, African- driven response to reduce the burden of disease through strengthened health systems, scaled-up health interventions, inter-sectoral action and empowered communities.

Africa - Continent 2016

African Space Policy

Africa, African Union

This policy intends to create a well-coordinated and integrated African space programme that is responsive to the social, economic, political and environmental needs of the continent, as well as being globally competitive; and to develop...

Africa - Continent 2016

Draft Pan-African Investment Code

Africa, African Union

The ultimate objective of this Code is to promote, facilitate and protect investments that foster the sustainable development of each Member State, and in particular, the Member State where the investment is located. It defines...

Africa - Continent 2016

African Union Procurement Manual Version 2.0

Africa, African Union

This manual supersedes the first edition promulgated in 2010. It outlines the policies to be followed in the procurement of goods and services within the Africa Union. It also provides guidance on the procurement processes.

Africa - Continent 2016

Maputo Plan of Action 2016-2030

Africa, African Union

The ultimate goal of this Plan of Action is for African Governments, civil society, the private sector and all multi-sector development partners to join forces and redouble efforts to achieve effective implementation of the continental...

Africa - Continent 2016

The European Union and the African Union a Statistical Portrait

Africa, African Union

This statistical book presents a range of statistics on African and European countries. Some of the statistics includes population, education and health statistics; economic performance, international trade, national accounts, economy and finance; external economic relations;...

Africa - Continent 2016

Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016 – 2025

Africa, African Union

This document outlines the guiding principles, pillars of the strategy. It proposes twelve objectives, with the ultimate goal to revitalize the teaching profession to ensure quality and relevance at all levels of education; build ,...

Africa - Continent 2016

Report on Labour Migration Statistics in Africa in 2015

Africa, African Union

The overall objective of this report is to compile data on labour migration and support member states in better understanding the data for purpose of policy formulation. Chapter four of this document outlines the concepts...

Africa - Continent 2015

The CAADP Results Framework 2015-2025

Africa, African Union

The CAADP Results Framework provides guidance at the level of: planning; performance,; and results (referring to the actual outcomes and impacts of a development intervention, including goods, services and value addition underpinned by increases in...

Africa - Continent 2015

Agenda 2063 First Ten-Year Implementation Plan 2014-2023

Africa, African Union

This agenda hopes to identify priority areas, set specific targets, define strategies and policy measures required to implement the first ten years on the journey to 2063 and bring to fruition the Fast Track programmes...

Africa - Continent 2014