AU
Imagining and forgetting

Imagining and forgetting

The AU’s glossy new headquarters conceals the site’s notorious past as an execution chamber and burial ground for dissidents, vagrants and criminals The concrete skeleton of the new African Union (AU) headquarters...

Democracy hypocrisy

Democracy hypocrisy

Instead of toppling autocrats across Africa, the AU’s lip service to democracy props them up Critics have long argued that the African Union (AU) supports the authoritarian rule of many of the leaders of its member...

Resourceful consensus

Resourceful consensus

Resource governance is crucial to growth © Helge Fahrnberger A new natural resource governance vision aims to build Africa’s economies through cooperation between the extractives industry and the continent’s other...

Avoiding assimilation

Avoiding assimilation

Britain leaving the EU sent shockwaves worldwide © Mick Baker, Flickr The UK’s unexpected exit from the EU raises questions about whether the AU’s lofty integration ideals resonate with ordinary Africans On 24 June...

Attracting capital

Attracting capital

  African states and multinational corporations must trust each other in order to stop illicit financial outflows, and spur growth and development Mistrust between business and government is an abiding constraint...

Morocco in, SADR out

Morocco in, SADR out

The 2011 17th Ordinary African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea © Embassy of Equatorial Guinea. Image Flickr Morocco’s return to the AU could herald the expulsion of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, once...