Assessment of Internal and External Risks Associated with the Implementation of the African Union's Agenda 2063
Agenda 2063 represents a transformative vision of the African Union (AU) to achieve “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena” (AUC 2014). In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity, African Heads of State and Government gathered in Addis Ababa in January 2015 at the AU Assembly’s 24th ordinary session to adopt Agenda 2063 as a collective charter to move the continent inexorably in the direction of enhanced growth and development over the next five decades. It is a charter that not only provides a vision but also a normative and strategic framework to transform the continent based on a programmatic agenda of five 10-year plans. This programmatic agenda is informed by seven aspirations: • A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. • An integrated continent politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism. • An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. • A peaceful and secure Africa. • Africa with strong cultural identity values and ethic. • An Africa whose development is people-driven, relying especially on the potential of its youth and women. • An Africa that is a strong and influential global player and partner. These aspirations are intended to find practical expression in goals such as a high standard of living and quality of life, modern and liveable habitats, transformed and climate-resilient economies and jobs, and a modern agricultural sector. There is also an emphasis on promoting democratic values, capable institutions and strong leadership, full gender equality and an empowered youth, as well as an Africa that no longer relies on aid but that can finance its own growth and development goals and objectives.