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Summary of Key Decisions from the 11th Extraordinary AU Summit

The 11th Extraordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit was held from the 5-18 November 2018 in Addis Ababa. The Summit focused on the institutional reforms of the AU. Here are some of the reforms inducted at the summit.


05 December 2018

A reform of senior AUC leadership: Equal representation by region/gender, reduction of commission portfolios from eight to six, as well as competitive recruitment for the selection of senior leadership. These reforms will be effective from 2021 when the current tenure ends.

The AU Peace Fund, one of the five pillars of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), was launched and led by H.E. Paul Kagame, AU Chairperson and President of Rwanda; Hon. Moussa Faki Mahamat, AUC Chairperson; and Dr. Donald Kaberuka, High Representative of the AU Peace Fund. The Fund will finance three key priorities: mediation and preventive diplomacy activities, institutional capacity, and peace support operations.


Hon. Moussa Faki Mahamat appointed five African members from each region of the continent to the Board of Trustees of the AU Peace Fund. Their role is to ensure strategic coherence, enhanced governance, financial and administrative oversight of the Peace Fund. The members are:


  • Zainab Ahmed (Nigeria) former Minister of State for Budget and National Planning. She previously served as the Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI);
  • Kamel Morjane (Tunisia) served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence in Tunisian and also held senior positions in the United Nations;
  • Elene Makonnen (Ethiopia) worked in various senior advisory levels with the African Development Bank, World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa;
  • Tito Mboweni, (South Africa) a former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and currently a non-executive Director for South Africa at the New Development Bank (BRICS Development Bank); and
  • Anicet Dologuele, (Central African Republic) served as the President of the Central African States Development Bank, as well as Prime Minister of and Minister of Economy Planning and Finance in his country.

In addition to the African members, the European Union and United Nations will occupy two seats for international partners on the Peace Fund Board of Trustees.


The AU Peace Fund aims to raise $400 million by 2021. The AU-Member States will finance the funds through remittance of the 0.2% levy, which was adopted in July 2016 to finance the AU budget. To date, 24 Member States are at various stages of implementing the levy.


The Assembly approved the transformation of South Africa-based NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency into the AU Development Agency (AUDA) to promote regional integration and “serve as the continent’s technical interface with development stakeholders and partners.”


The Assembly strengthened the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) by integrating its budget into the AU’s budget and collaborating more with the African Governance Architecture (AGA). The APRM will also submit a report on the State of Governance in Africa at the AU summit in February 2019.


For more information about the AU reforms, read the AU's full summary of the summit decisions by clicking here or view our infographic on the proposed recommendations the AU institutional reform here.