Three Challenges for the African Union’s New Humanitarian Agency

Improving global governance
Posted Oct 17, 2019 | The New Humanitarian, Oheneba Boateng

Critical voices in scholarship and policy consider UN agencies and international NGOs in Africa as extensions of a neo-colonial international system, inhibiting African institutions from evolving. The AU wants the new African Humanitarian Agency (AfHA) to make the African humanitarian space sovereign. Writing for The New Humanitarian, Oheneba Boateng suggests that to make AfHA successful the AU must overcome three key challenges: Provide sufficient finance, logistic resources and staffing by 2025 to replace UN and international NGOs;  address coordination among member states, sub-regional organisations like ECOWAS, SADC, IGAD and others; and encourage UN and foreign NGOs that are helping the AU build capacity, to recognise that they will need to allow AfHA to flourish.


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