At the Eleventh Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in November 2018, the decision was taken for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD) to be renamed the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD).
The rationale behind the establishment of the African Union Development Agency is that it shall be a vehicle for the better execution of the African Union Agenda 2063.
The mandate of the AUDA-NEPAD is:
(i) To coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realisation of Agenda 2063;
(ii) To 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 transformation from NEPAD Agency to the African Union Development Agency will be showcased from the start, in the difference we will be making through our new mandate. The transformation plan begins in 2019 which will demonstrate what AUDA is about. The implementation of the 2019 work plan will hence set the tone for the space we will be occupying as the development agency of the African Union. We embrace this transformation and I have full confidence that we are all ready for the task at hand,” said Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, AUDA-NEPAD Agency CEO.
Dr Mayaki also emphasised that the AUDA-NEPAD’s mandate brings with it comparative value, and therefore its operationalisation will be through an approach that embraces regional integration and multi-sectoralism, as well as being impact oriented and participatory.
Source: NEPAD Agency