African Union Approves Peace Fund

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Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, says each of the five regions on the continent will make an annual contribution of USD 65 million through a 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports.

The Africa Union has approved the established of an AU peace fund to facilitate peace operations across Africa. Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, says each of the five regions on the continent will make an annual contribution of USD 65 million through a 0.2 percent levy on eligible imports.


According to Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, this will address the funding challenges AU has faced since its inception. She says contributions from the regions are expected to increase to USD 80 million by 2020 as the African Union moves towards funding 25 percent of its activities.
 
 
The decision to operationalise the peace fund was reached in meeting by heads of states at the Africa Union summit held in Kigali, Rwanda over the weekend.  The concept of the peace fund was endorsed with three windows of preventive diplomacy and mediation, institutional capacity and peace support operations and non-financial aspects and seeking funding from the UN assessed contributions for the remaining 75 per cent of the cost of peace support operations.
 

Nkosazana also applauded the AU representative for the peace fund Dr. Donald Kaberuka for conceptualizing a sustainable and predictable funding mechanism for the peace fund. 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.