Spare a thought for African Union (AU) chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Each has been tasked with providing leadership to prominent, if vulnerable, international bodies and will be judged on their records of leading their respective institutions to robust health. They are tasked at a time when female global leadership remains a rare phenomenon and African female leadership at the global level is rarer still.

140 CSOs call on new AU Chair to work with ICC

Civil society salutes refusal to host AU summit

One of the most controversial foreign policy decisions taken by the government of Malawi in recent times is the barring of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from entry into Malawi to attend a planned summit of the African Union.

From 23-27 April 2012, the Fifth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF III) will take place in Abuja to continue the debate on the implementation of the African Union’s Action Plan for the Second Decade of Education (2006-2015).

It stands erect like a genetically modified Obelisk. 20 floors of the new African Union (AU) headquarters jar the Addis skyline. Government functionaries, continental civil servants and NGO types mix and mingle, renewing acquaintances, checking when you flew in and when you will fly out.  “We need to talk...can we do lunch...let’s have a bilateral." Hands move in and out of jacket pockets and wallets as we exchange colourful business cards. It's tea break, we stuff ourselves with muffins, Danish pastries and sandwiches.

This brown bag explores opportunities for CSO engagement with AU treaty mechanisms, either in playing an oversight role to ensure implementation, or a complimentary role in supporting  processes through advocacy, engagement and/or other programmatic work within the Southern Africa region. 

The trend is showing that this third force is actually dominating the policy space of the AU.  And although the likes of Madam Zuma, who exclaims an overly optimistic projection of where Africa would be in the next fifty years, the reality paints a very different picture. 

African Charter will finally come into force

For the first time in African history, one of its leaders has exposed the African Union for the corrupt clique it is. Yes, you may bring the AU summit to Malawi next month, said its President, Joyce Banda, but when Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir steps off the plane, he will be arrested.

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