AU Reforms: Connect with Africans

The African Union aspires to be a “People Centred Union” . This calls for a re-evaluation of the role of the organisation in terms of the goods and services it offers and delivers, its role in supporting the youth and gender diversity agenda, promoting the growth of business especially private sector as well as driving regional integration projects that will facilitate the trade and free movement of people, goods and services on the continent.

The Institutional Reforms recommend the launch of initiatives focused on increasing the AU’s relevance to citizens, specifically:

  1. Establish women and youth quotas across its institutions, and identify appropriate ways and means to ensure the private sector’s participation;
  2. Establish an African Youth Corps, as well as develop programs to facilitate cultural and sports exchange among Member States;
  3. Member States should make the African passport available to all eligible citizens as quickly as possible;
  4. Identify and provide a set of new capabilities or ‘assets’ in the form of common continent-wide public goods and services valued by Member States and citizens e.g. provision of neutral arbitration and competition services, a common technical platform for the data and analysis needed to assess Africa’s progress toward its development goals;