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AU Peace Fund initiative to finance peacekeeping
July 2, 2017, 1:30 pm

The African Union Peace Fund, which African Heads of State resolved to operationalize last year, is set to be fast-tracked following last week UN Security Council meeting. During the meeting, the US called for future UN funding for peacekeeping in Africa to be contingent on the African Union (AU) delivering on its own key performance indicators.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, speaking during a UN Security Council meeting, which focused on the AU’s peacekeeping and counter-terrorism efforts on the continent, stated that the African Union (AU) plays a key role in the fight against violent extremism, and in anticipating, mediating and working to avert conflicts. However, she added, continued UN financial support should be based on implementation and concrete results from the AU’s own benchmarks and timelines.

The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is the foremost operation led by the continental bloc as part of efforts to combat the Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia. AMISOM troop contributing countries include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Police contributing countries also include Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Last year the AU launched the Peace Fund initiative in order to finance peace and security operations on the continent. Each of the five regional blocs under the AU are expected to contribute about $65 million each year through an import levy of about 0.2 percent on eligible imports as a means of addressing the funding gap the AU has been facing. The levy is expected to increase to $80 million by the year 2020.


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