#AfricaWeWant: Who needs the African Union anyway? | TV shows

On Monday May 23 at 19:30 GMT:
Africa Day, celebrated every year on May 25, commemorates the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the forerunner of what is now the African Union (AU). The continental bloc, made up of 55 member states, is driven by the core principle of African solutions to African problems.

But critics believe the AU prioritizes power over justice and has had little impact on the continent’s most pressing problems. They also claim that the group is slow to respond to security threats, noting that many militant groups continue to wreak havoc in Africa.

However, supporters argue that Africa is much better off with the AU than without it. They say that if given more financial resources, the group would be better positioned to tackle the many obstacles facing the continent.

In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the challenges, failures and potential of the African Union as we explore what a hashtag campaign describes as the #AfricaWeWant.

In this episode of The Stream, we talk to:
prudence ngwenya @AUYouthProgram | @maprude
Agricultural Director, Women, Gender and Youth, African Union Commission

Greatness Joy Kenewendo, @bogolokenewendo
Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development

Go to Mahaka @tafimhaka
Journalist and political commentator

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