What is the African Union and has it proven to be successful?

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As Barack Obama is due to give a speech to the African Union, Cate Gower explains what the organisation is and how it is helping the continent

What is the African Union?

The AU was founded on September 9, 1999 with the view to accelerate the process of integration within the continent so that it may play a more prominent role in the global economy whilst addressing social, economic and political problems.

The AU’s predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity, looked to create unity and solidarity among African states. It enabled member states to coordinate development and promote cooperation within the UN framework. Many of these remain ingrained in the AU’s mission. Continue reading