African Union Commission Strategic Plan 2009 - 2012
19 May 2009
African Union Commission (AUC)

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Executive summary
  1. This Strategic Plan was prepared in-house through participatory approach and thus, consultations and involvement of a broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders at all stages. An assessment of the external environment was conducted, and this informed the strategic objectives and strategies.

  2. It consists of four parts that include the Strategic Direction; the Strategic Pillars; Implementation Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation; the Estimated Budget and Implementation Matrix.

  3. Part 1 set out the Strategic Direction and defines the Vision of the African Union, the Mission and core values of the AUC and stakeholder expectations, assessment of the external and internal environment and SWOT analysis.

  4. Part 2 deal with the Strategic Pillars that have been drawn from the Commission's mandate, Mission, stakeholder expectations, assessment of the external and internal environment and SWOT analysis. The Commission has identified four broad intervention areas or strategic pillars:
    1. Peace and Security;
    2. Integration, Development and Cooperation;
    3. Shared Values; and,
    4. Institution and Capacity Building.
    The pillars are strategic issues around which the core business of the Commission will be organized, and resources applied for the realization of expected results.

  5. The Commission will subsequently develop and roll out interdepartmental and cross-sectoral programmes for each pillar to ensure a holistic and integrated approach. In so doing and in order to enhance synergies and complementarity within the Commission, each department or directorate will be required to clearly identify its contribution to the implementation of each pillar and remain collectively accountable to the delivery of the Expected Results. This approach represents a paradigm shift in that with this Strategic Plan, the Commission is emphasizing a programme and results based orientation, as opposed to an activity approach. Through 18 strategic objectives, the Commission will implement programmes under each pillar as follows:
    1. Programme for Peace and Security;
    2. Programme for Development;
    3. Programme for Integration;
    4. Programme for Co-operation;
    5. Programme for Shared Values; and
    6. Programme for Institution and Capacity Building.

  6. Part 3 deals with the Implementation Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation. The Strategic Plan will be implemented through Annual Work Plans and Budgets that will be broken down into Departmental Work Plans and Budgets for all departments. Furthermore, all the Commission's staff will be expected to develop their Individual Work Plans from the Departmental Work Plans and Budgets, which will form the basis upon which their performance contracts will be drawn. A Monitoring and Evaluation system has also been designed to track progress of Strategic Plan implementation and to ensure that the intended results are achieved. In this regard, the Commission has developed the AMERT (Africa Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Tool) Software to facilitate Monitoring and Evaluation processes.

  7. Part 4 relate to the Estimated Budget and the implementation matrix. It is estimated that for the period 2009-2012, the Commission will require a total amount of US$ 784 million, or an average of US$ 196 million per year. The estimated expenditure per pillar, for the four years of the Plan, is as follows:
    • Pillar 1 (Peace and Security): US$ 144 million;
    • Pillar 2 (Development, Regional Integration and Cooperation): US$430 million;
    • Pillar 3 (Shared Values): US$ 82 million; and
    • Pillar 4 (Institutions and Capacity building): US$ 128 million.

  8. While Member States will provide a substantial amount of these resources, the Commission intends to mobilize additional financial resources from Development and Strategic Partners.

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