At the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government in Nouakchott, Mauritania, June 2018, a decision was taken to transform the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency into the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD). The establishment of AUDA-NEPAD is part of the global reforms geared at improving the Union’s impact and operational efficiency.
The mandate of AUDA-NEPAD is to: a) Coordinate and Execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realisation of Agenda 2063; and b) Strengthen capacity of African Union Member States and regional bodies, advance knowledge-based advisory support, undertake the full range of resource mobilisation and serve as the continent’s technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders and development partners.
The new AUDA-NEPAD mandate gives the organisation a wider role in terms of providing knowledge-based advisory support to AU Member States in the pursuit of their national development priorities. The core functions of the Agency are to:
The AUDA-NEPAD Journey
Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP) and Omega Plan
The Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP) and Omega Plan for Africa are combined to give birth to the New African Initiative (NAI) which then led to the establishment of NEPAD in 2001. In 2001, these are reworked and expanded to provide a framework for all African states. The founding Member States of NEPAD include South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, and Senegal.
37th Session of the OAU Assembly
NEPAD is adopted by African Heads of State and Government at the 37th Ordinary Session of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Assembly in Lusaka, Zambia, in July 2001.
The African Union
The African Union (AU), the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), endorses the adoption of NEPAD as a programme of the AU at the AU Inaugural Summit in 2002.
The NEPAD Secretariat is established to coordinate the implementation of NEPAD programmes and projects.
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) is established in February 2010 as an outcome of the integration of NEPAD into AU structures and processes.
The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD
At the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in July 2018, a decision is taken to transform the NEPAD Agency into the first development agency of the African Union – AUDA-NEPAD, with a strengthened mandate to fast-track the realisation of Agenda 2063.
Chief Executive Officer
H.E. NARDOS BEKELE-THOMAS
Chairperson of the AUDA-NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee
H.E. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Chairperson of the African Union Commission
MOUSSA FAKI MAHAMAT
H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, born on 21 June 1960, the Chadian Minister of Foreign Affair was elected as the new African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson. H.E. Mahamat speaks French, Arabic and English fluently and had occupied very senior positions with a thirty-year (30) experience. This lawyer was a Minister several times; he served as the director of Civil Cabinet of the President of the Republic, Prime Minister, Head of Government, and President of a Grand Institution of the Republic, namely; the Economic, Social and Cultural Council, where he had to carry out and manage major issues.
H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat chaired the Security Council for the month of December 2015 and general debate on December 19, 2015 on the theme “threats international peace and security; cross-border terrorism and crime”. Furthermore, he also chaired the Peace and Security Council of the AU in September 2013 and steered the Nairobi Extraordinary Summit on the fight against Terrorism. African’s peace and security issues has been at the heart of Mr. Mahamat’s activities and many other missions geared towards the wellbeing of Africa.
The Chairperson of the Commission is the Chief Executive Officer, legal representative of the AU and the AU Chairperson’s Chief Accounting Officer. He is directly responsible to Executive Council for the discharge of his duties.
Provide knowledge-based advisory services and technical assistance to African Union Member States and Regional Economic Communities to strengthen their capacity
Act as the continent's technical interface on policy development recommendation and implementation with partners and stakeholders
Undertake the full range of resource mobilisation
Coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects enshrined in Agenda 2063 with the aim of accelerating regional integration so as to achieve "The Africa we want"
Assembly of the African Union
The Chairperson of the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) reports to the African Union Assembly on AUDA-NEPAD activities and makes recommendations for decisions for consideration and adoption.
AUDA-NEPAD Heads of State and Government Committee (HSGOC)
A 33-Member State sub-committee of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government that provides the highest political leadership and strategic guidance on Agenda 2063 priority issues and reports its recommendations to the full Assembly for endorsement. The Chairperson of the AU Commission also participates in HSGOC Summits.
Personal Representatives of African Heads of States
The Committee consists of the personal representatives of African Heads of States and normally meets about four times a year. It provides policy guidance and strategic advice to AUDA-NEPAD. The Sub-Committee is composed of 15 members based on agreed geographical distribution.
AUDA-NEPAD Steering Committee
Is an intermediary body to interface between the HSGOC and AUDA-NEPAD, which oversees the activities of AUDA-NEPAD. The Committee is composed of the personal representatives of the Heads of State and Government of the HSGOC.
In addition, representatives from the eight AU-recognised Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the AUC, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UNOSAA) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) participate in AUDA-NEPAD Steering Committee meetings as observers.