European Center For Development Policy Management, Policy and Management Report 18, October 2010.
This paper is based in part on discussions that took place during the ECDPM/NAI Uppsala seminar (October 2009), supplemented with personal reflections on the AU’s institutional development and current and future EU-AU relations. The paper:
(i) focuses on key challenges facing the AU in a rapidly changing African and global context;
(ii) takes stock of the AU’s record in promoting African integration, the progress made and the lessons learnt;
(iii) assesses current reforms as well as the future prospects for the institutional development of the AU;
(iv) presents concrete ways of strengthening the African Union’s institutional architecture and finally
(v) analyses the role played by the EU and other partners in supporting the AU’s institutional development and architecture, drawing lessons from the experience gained with the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and other EU support programmes in the run-up to the third EU-Africa Summit, which is due to be held in Libya on 29-30 November 2010
Author(s): Geert Laporte, James Mackie