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The African Union Foundation (AU Foundation) mobilises resources in support of the African Union’s vision of an integrated, people-centred and prosperous Africa, at peace with itself and taking its rightful place in the world.

Launched in January 2015 following approval at the 21st Ordinary Assembly of Heads of States and Government in May 2013, the AU Foundation raises funds from the private sector and individuals on the continent and beyond towards the financing of African development priorities.

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Lack of education and mismatched skills remain major obstacles to Africa’s development agenda

The African Union Commission cautions that the future of Africa’s economic growth and the future of millions of Africans, is in jeopardy, if the underlying issues that hinder development are not adequately addressed. With Africa expected to double its population over the next 25 years and the working-age population expected to grow by approximately 450 million between 2015 and 2035, the African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Ambassador Kwesi Quartey says it is critical to urgently address the lack of education and mismatched skills, as major causes of rising numbers of unemployment.

Africa Visa Openness Index notes that Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 compared to 2015

The African Development Bank in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum has launched the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index.

The Index analyses the visa regime in Africa and how open countries are in terms of relaxation or elimination of visa requirements for citizens from other African countries traveling to their countries. 

Message of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission HE Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat on the occasion of the 54th Africa Day

It is with honour and utmost humility that I stand before you dear African Compatriots to pay tribute to our Founding Fathers, to bow to their unwavering commitment to an upright, free, united, interdependent and fraternal Africa. On this day of 25 May 2017, we celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of our Continent from the yoke of colonialism and the unity that our Founding Fathers so dreamt about and fought for. The establishment of our Organization, on this day, 25 May in 1963, in Addis Ababa, marked a pivotal turning point in the history of our Continent. 

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