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AU names Africa's best and worst

All 53 AU member states have ratified the African Charter on Human and People's Rights (1981)The African Union (AU) Commission on Sunday declared six of its member states as the "worst performing Governments" for not ratifying various treaties, protocols, and conventions.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 March 2012 21:38


African economic growth halves in 2011

Janneh says that political developments will impact on Africa’s growth prospectsEconomic Growth in Africa fell by almost half in 2011 compared to the growth registered in the previous year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 19:13


African Union: A big budget and a begging bowl

Some AU member states are failing to pay their annual subscriptions/Photo/ReutersThe African Union (AU) Commission has tabled a US$274 million budget proposal for 2012, which African leaders are expected to debate and later adopt.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 12:42


African Union's big budget and begging bowl

The African Union (AU) Commission has tabled a US$274 million budget proposal for 2012, which African leaders are expected to debate and later adopt.

However, questions have been raised that the money is mainly sourced from donor partners, with some African members failing to pay their annual subscriptions.

The AU is owed millions of dollars in arrears, forcing the continental body to always extend the begging bowl for its activities.

Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, confirmed that most of the money had been obtained from the commission's partners, warning that this raised challenges as to who drove the body's agenda.

Mwencha said from the proposed budget, US$152 million was for development programmes, with the rest being allocated for various administration purposes.

"The member states are responsible for the operational budget. However, partners contribute a significant quota to the programme budget.

"This raises some challenges of ownership and emphasises the need for the union to seriously explore alternative sources of funding for its programmes," he said.

Mwencha indicated that the bulk of the programme budget is for improving food security and for promoting continental infrastructure as well as focus on energy, education, peace and security, health and gender.

The budget proposal reflects a slight increase from the US$256 million for the previous year.

A high level panel on alternative sources of financing the AU was commissioned under the leadership of Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria.

The panel is expected to submit their report shortly.

A number of member states have been sanctioned and will not take part in the AU's electoral processes for failure to pay their annual payment.

Leaders from Africa who will gather this weekend are expected to endorse the proposed budget.

Football: An Africa Cup made in heaven and hell

National chauvinism and football are bedfellows. As the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament kicks off in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, the phenomenon brought out the best and the worst. 

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 18:11


AU's big elections and the Arab Springers

The African Union is made up of 54 states/Photo/ReutersAs the African Union summit gets underway, the memory of former Libyan strongman, Muammar Gaddafi looms ominously, as this will be the first meeting without the maverick leader.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 18:12


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