The African Union has developed a comprehensive mandate that encompasses the creation, protection and support of democracy in its member states.

Since 2000 the AU has continuously expanded its mandate in the field of democracy support, and developed new mechanisms to fight unconstitutional changes of government and support the establishment of democratic institutions.

This Policy Brief outlines the AU’s normative framework for conflict prevention and the support of democracy. It includes a number of policy recommendations which, if adopted, would help strengthen the AU’s work in these fields.


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01 January 2016
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Promoting democracy and peace in Africa: the role of the African Union

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