African Union: Stuck between political blockages and a lack of finances

In depth
This article is part of the dossier: Are Africans losing faith in the AU?

By Marie Toulemonde
Posted on Thursday, 4 August 2022 11:46

Still underfunded and heavily dependent on foreign aid, the AU is struggling to implement the major projects it set itself in 2015. The causes of this inertia are decoded in these infographics.

This is part 3 of a 4-part series

Two decades after the creation of the African Union (AU), the cogs of this complex machine still do not seem to be well oiled, the results after twenty years of activity seem very minimal… Especially in terms of security.

The continent, particularly West Africa, has become the global epicentre of terrorism, and coups d’état have become commonplace, without the organisation managing to make its voice heard.

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