African Union (AU) commissioner Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been shocked to learn that western donors fund nearly all the continental body’s programmes, according to reports on Monday.
“No liberated mind can think their development agenda can be funded by donors,” Dlamini-Zuma told a Business Unity South Africa banquet in her honour at the weekend.
“Over 97% of programmes in the AU are funded by donors.
“We should be more self-reliant. Our governments must put money there [in the AU],” she said.
She said donors were even footing the bill for African institutions to develop the continent’s strategic agenda, a fundamental task in what has been called the African century.
The rocketing value of mineral resources in the past decade had given Africa the unprecedented opportunity to shape its own future.