Agenda 2063

The African Union’s Agenda 2063 action plan was formed at the Organisation of African Unity/African Union 50th anniversary celebration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2013. In terms of the plan, African leaders made a pledge to accelerate growth, development and prosperity on the continent going forward to 2063.

The African Union Foundation is committed to helping the AU achieve its Agenda 2063, which is the vision and strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the African continent over the next 50 years. The aim is to achieve this by building on and accelerating existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

The pan-African vision is to have an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, that represents a dynamic force in the global arena. To achieve this, an effort by all sectors of society is required.

In implementing Agenda 2063, prioritising the mobilisation of people and their ownership of continental programmes is critical. There must be a principle of self-reliance, with Africa financing its own development.

It’s also important to ensure there are capable, inclusive and accountable states and institutions. The role of regional economic communities as building blocks for continental unity is crucial, while governments, institutions and the citizens must be accountable.

There are seven African aspirations of Agenda 2063, which reflect the desire for shared prosperity and well-being, for unity and integration, and for a continent of free citizens, where full potential of women and youth are realised, with freedom from fear, disease and want.

These aspirations are the product of a wide-held consultation process with all stakeholders on the continent, including the youth, women and diaspora representatives. This consultation process enhances the ownership of the continent’s development by citizens in order to achieve the Africa they want.

Let’s commit to working towards realising Agenda 2063 and achieving the Africa we want. Below are the seven aspirations and their targets. Click here to learn more about the aspirations and to download the Agenda 2063 document.

Here are the seven aspirations:

1. A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. This includes:

  • Eradicating poverty and achieving high standards of living for all
  • Ensuring well-educated citizens and a skills revolution underpinned by science, technology and innovation
  • Modernised infrastructure
  • Structurally transformed economies to create growth, decent jobs and economic opportunities for all
  • Modernised agriculture
  • Preservation of the environment and ecosystems

2. An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of pan-Africanism and the vision of the African renaissance:

  • Africa will be united
  • It will be an integrated continent, with seamless borders
  • There will be dynamic and mutually beneficial links with the diaspora
  • All remnants of colonialism ended by 2020
  • All forms of oppression ended
  • Free movement of people, goods, capital and services to increase trade and investment among countries
  • Infrastructure in place to accelerate integration and growth

3. An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law:

  • Africa will be a continent where democratic values, cultural practices, universal principles of human rights, gender equality, justices and the rule of law are entrenched
  • Africa will have capable institutions and transformative leadership at all levels

4. A peaceful and secure Africa:

  • By 2020 all guns must be silent
  • There must be entrenched human rights, democracy, gender equality, inclusion and peace
  • There will be mechanisms to promote and defend the continent’s security and interests

5. An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics:

  • Pan-Africanism will be fully entrenched
  • The African renaissance will have reached its peak
  • Our diversity in culture, heritage, languages and religion shall be a cause of our strength

6. An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of its women and youth:

  • People-centred and caring
  • Putting children first
  • Empowered women who play their rightful role in all spheres of life
  • Full gender equality in all spheres of life
  • An engaged and empowered youth

7. Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner:

  • A major social, political, security and economic force in the world
  • An active and equal participant in global affairs
  • Fully capable and with the means to finance her development

We look forward to your contribution towards the achievement of these aspirations and the creation of the Africa we all want.