The African Union and Its New Chairwoman as Drivers of Change in Africa

New Route Life and Peace Institute


The African Union’s first decade has seen great challenges, some of which have been met with considerable success by the AU, with special mention of the total rejection of unconstitutional changes of government. Since 2002 there is a strong wave of democratisation across the African continent, but the frequent post-election violence is a matter of serious concern. With a radical reform of the AU Commission, the AU could become the driver of change in Africa. The role of Madam Zuma as the new chairwoman of the AU Commission is vital in this reform process and some areas of priority for reform are identified.