The AU has helped throw off colonialism and resolve conflicts since its birth in 1963. But can it answer the desire for democracy among many Africans?
The African Union (AU) is now 50 years old. Amid the celebrations this week, the AU - which was established as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 (pdf) - needs to take stock of its strengths and weaknesses as an intergovernmental organisation designed to promote the pan-African agenda politically and economically. As articulated by the leading figures of pan-Africanism, that agenda consists of a three-dimensional project of political self-determination, economic self-reliance, and solidarity in the promotion and defence of African interests nationally and internationally. [view whole blog post ]