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Dossier May 2013

The AU vision

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The overall objective of the AU is to expedite the process of economic and political integration in the continent. Its vision can be summarized in the following points: – the AU is Africa’s premier institution and principal organization for the promotion of the accelerated socio-economic integration of the continent which will lead to greater unity…

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The Rationale for AU

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  The strongest argument for the AU is that it would reinvigorate Africa and speed up its integration providing a single voice for Africa to bargain with. It remains to be seen whether unity develops in line with perceived interests or as dictated by external factors. This desire for unity and eventually integration can be…

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Transition to the AU

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  Thirty-six years after the OAU was founded, Africans have yielded to the evidence: without political integration, the continent will not be saved.For a long time a taboo subject, the project for a United States of Africa was first mooted in a pan-African meeting in Cairo in 1960, by Kwame Nkrumah. He is the father…

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The African Union at 50

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  The present African Union (AU) succeeded the Organization of African Unity (OAU), formed in May 1963. The OAU was a compromise between African Statesmen who wanted the political Union of all independent African States and those who preferred functional cooperation.The main objectives of the OAU were: to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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