While the African Union seems to have made much progress in terms of peace and security, there is much that remains to be realized for its economic and development agenda.
The initial thrust to the foundation of the organization came also from economic issues. Not only NEPAD, but the very concept of African Renaissance entailed many development concerns that the AU has yet to realize. The results obtained in terms of an acceleration of the regional integration process cannot obscure the difficulties that the continent is facing in terms of poverty reduction and underdevelopment.
An evaluation of the AU first decade of activity should include also the difficulties it encountered when tackling economic development issues.