Any Cause to Celebrate the AU at Fifty?


As the continental body celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, analysts take a retrospective look at the activities of the continental body while also making suggestions on the way forward.

23rd African Union Summit

  • Africa:  Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    More questions than answers as the African Union celebrates 50 years read more »

  • Africa:  The African Union At 50 - Missed Opportunities and Lessons for the Future

    Fahamu, 23 May 2013

    A Post-independent African leaders have failed to realise the aspirations and hopes of self-determination and unity of the African people. There are five basic steps that AU member ... read more »

  • Africa:  State of the Union

    Fahamu, 23 May 2013

    Address by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Dlamini Zuma to the Third Pan African Parliament read more »

  • Africa:  Development and the Double-Sided Mirror

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    There is a need for a cultural rebirth in Africa as part of the radical economic and social transformation of the continent. A new African consciousness that is free from the ... read more »

  • Africa:  Our Future Grown in Africa - Agriculture in the African Union

    Fahamu, 23 May 2013

    Food security has been a major concern for Africans over the decades but, surpringly, the OAU/AU did little to support agriculture and other forms of food production. This needs to ... read more »

  • Africa:  Celebrating Tajudeen, the OAU and AU - Which Way Africa?

    Fahamu, 23 May 2013

    This special issue celebrates not only 50 years of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union (AU), but also the life of the late Tajudeen ... read more »

  • Africa:  Culture and Communication As Tool of Diplomacy

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    Africa is undergoing an artistic renaissance that could be a part of the African Union's approach in communicating the aspirations of Africa and Africans, engaging Africans in ... read more »

  • Africa:  The Birth of the OAU

    Fahamu, 23 May 2013

    Africans yearn to come and go within the continent without visas; to work where they like; and expect to be treated as if they were 'home' - despite being far away from the ... read more »

  • Africa:  Where Is Nkrumah's United States of Africa 50 Years On?

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    The African Union must cultivate a united Africa and national governments need to be keenly wary of the divide-and-rule tactics of external powers pursuing selfish interests read more »

  • Africa:  The African Union - Is It Time for Cultural Diplomacy to Take Centre-Stage?

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    It is time for the African Union to push for cultural diplomacy in the form of a Museum of African Music, Arts and Culture as an entity for both preservation and a celebration of ... read more »

  • Africa:  50 Years After, Is the AU, Formerly the OAU, a Success or Failure?

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    In terms of Africa's decolonisation and integration the OAU and the AU have a mixed score. It is important to allow time for some of the AU's policies to start biting. read more »

  • Africa:  A Different 'Jubilee' - Fresh Chance at 50 for AU On Justice?

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    In accordance with its founding principles, the AU must actively encourage its members to strengthen domestic justice mechanisms and, where they are either weak or blocked ... read more »

  • Africa:  The Organization of African Unity (OAU)/African Union at 50

    Fahamu, 23 May 2013

    The Quest for New Foundations of African Solidarity in the 21st Century read more »

  • Africa:  Peace in Our Time

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    Given that the roots of so much intra-state conflict is lack of social justice, inequality and marginalisation suffered by different groups, strategies on removing these obstacles ... read more »

  • Africa:  How Far Is the United States of Africa?

    Fahamu, 22 May 2013

    How is it that 50 years on, the OAU/AU has failed in the main objective for which it was founded? Because the United States of Africa cannot be brought about by leaders who are not ... read more »