The programme budget of the Union covers the execution of programmes approved by the Assembly and can be broadly grouped as follows: 


  1. Programmes of cross continental importance. These include the AU role in projects such as the Continental Free Trade Area other flagship projects 
  2. Implementation of directives and decisions from summits as a mandatory prerogative and which quiet often requires financial resources 
  3. Maintaining continental response readiness for emergencies either political (for instance the Mali, Burundi and CAR situation), or social aspects such as the outbreak of Ebola and other unforeseen emergencies.
  4. Coordinating common positions on the international arena on matters sensitive to the development and social stability of the continent, such as Climate change, migration and intercontinental partnerships.