Conflict Prevention What’s in it for the AU?

Several conflict prevention initiatives was developed by the African Union (AU) since its inception in 2002. Now, with the increased expectation for more effective responses to conflicts, the AU must reflect on its different roles and improve its ability to implement policy frameworks with the goal of preventing conflicts and sustaining peace. The role of the AU in conflict prevention initiatives is assessed in this policy brief as well as sharing some potential entry points for increased effectiveness. An overview is provided of the AU’s current and expected roles regarding conflict prevention, and recommends possible entry points for strengthening these roles.