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The African Union Finances – How does it work?

Ulf Engel (U Leipzig, Germany)
Publication Date2015
PublicationCAS Working Paper No. 6
PublisherLeipziger Universitätsverlag
LanguageEnglish
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Summary: In his CAS Working Paper, Ulf Engel, professor at the Institute of African Studies (U Leipzig, Germany), places emphasis on the principles that govern member states’ financing of the African Union, non-compliance with these principles by some member states: subsequent attempts of introducing compliance and sanctions mechanisms, resulting shifts in member states’ contributions to the Union’s budget, the composition of this budget, and increasing donor dependency, and the emerging debate on the need to raise “alternative sources of funding” for the Union.

 


Synopsis: Even 15 years after the transition from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to the African Union (AU), building up and fostering the continental organization remains an ambitious project, both politically as well as financially. The first dimension of political integration has received considerable scholarly attention – in more general terms but mainly with regard to the emerging African Peace and Security Architecture as well as the complementary but more nascent African Governance Architecture. The second dimension of mastering the continental body’s finances, however, has so far received only scant attention. In this book, emphasis will be placed on the principles that govern member states’ financing of the Union, non-compliance with these principles by some member states, subsequent attempts of introducing compliance and sanctions mechanisms, resulting shifts in member states’ contributions to the Union’s budget, the composition of this budget, and – in the light of failure to guarantee stable finance for the ambitious AU agenda – increasing donor dependency (in particular in the area of peace and security), and the emerging debate on the need to raise “alternative sources of funding” for the African Union.

 

Biographical Note: Trained as a political scientist, Ulf Engel is a professor of “Politics in Africa” at the Institute of African Studies (U Leipzig, Germany). He is director of the DFG-funded PhD Research Training Group (GK 1261): “Critical Junctures of Globalization” (2006–2015) and co-director of the DFG Priority Programme (SPP 1448): “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa” (2011–2017). Engel also is a visiting professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and a professor extraordinary in the Department of Political Science at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS, South Africa).