Organization of African Union - Lessons for South Asia and Pakistan


The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was established in 1963 as a Continent wide Organization with the purpose of fostering politico social as well as economic unity and help winning independence for countries of Africa that were still colonized. With a mixed history of performance and at times even being labelled as mere “talking shop” or “trade union of the dictators”, it breathed its last on 9 July 2002, when it was formally disbanded by its last Chairman. The OAU was, however not sacrificed for nothing as after redressing its shortfalls it evolved into African Union i.e. AU. In depth research has led to the conclusion that OAU played a very significant role within its mandate. In its new form and improved mandate, it is likely to be a role model for developing regions or even the continents and amply points to the political wisdom of its pioneers.
To brief about origin, organizational structure and effectiveness of OAU / AU.
As under:-
        a. Origin.
        b. Aims / Objectives.
        c. Organizational Structure.
        d. Challenges.
        e. Effectiveness - Analytical Conclusions.
        f. Lessons for South Asian Region / Pakistan.
        g. Conclusion.
Africa and Asia share centuries of a common history of exploitation and perception engineering by the developed world under the façade of “White man’s burden”. These continents despite “Wisdom of ancient Ages”, bounties of resources and bulk of humanity had borne this unjust abuse like a proverbial “Silent Majority”. While Asia led the way in ridding from material exploitation, it goes to the credit of African Wisdom for chartering new course of giving “Voice to the Silence”. I shall quote here Haile Selassie, the late Emperor of Ethiopia, “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the...