Institutional Capacity

Institutional capacities of the AUC improved, and relations with RECs and AU Organs and with strategic and other partners strengthened

The Commission has made laudable progress in recent years to improve its institutional capacities and operational systems and procedures. However, many challenges remain and for the Commission to effectively work towards acceleration of the AU Vision and achieve all its medium term priorities of the Third Strategic Plan, it must continue to build its internal capacity so as to be equal to the task. The Commission should do more to build on improvements in institutional capacity already made.

Under this outcome, the Commission will seek to strengthen its institutional capacities and put in place measures to improve its performance and operational efficiency in terms of finance, human resources & administration, conference, medical and all other services. It will undertake these measures through benchmarking and adoption of international best practices. At the same time, the Commission will seek to strengthen institutional leadership and corporate governance, promote organizational change and accelerate measures to strengthen the status of women within the Commission. Measures will be taken to strengthen human capital management.

Improvements in operational efficiency are expected to increase client satisfaction, enhance the level of integrity of financial information and minimize financial risks. An increased number of administrative processes will be automated and there will be a full implementation of Kaizen. A number of new policies and organizational development and change management initiatives will be designed and implemented. Medical and conference services will be significantly improved through upgrading of facilities, equipment and supplies.

Measures to inculcate results-based planning and monitoring will be consolidated, building upon recent progress. The Commission will also strengthen intra- and inter-departmental collaboration to reduce and eventually eliminate the "silo” mentality that pervades the institution.

The Policy Analysis and Research capacity of the Commission will be significantly strengthened through elaboration and implementation of a Strategy. Knowledge management will continue to be improved, as will the Commission’s archival and Library patrimony.

In order to build synergy, linkages and good working relationships with other AU organs, RECs and other institutional partners, the Commission will develop and implement an action plan for regular strategic exchanges with AU organs, implement the Protocol, as well as facilitate policy coherence; develop and coordinate joint programming exercises with other AU organs and RECs; develop and implement an action plan for regular strategic exchanges with other key Pan African institutions; popularize partnerships and presence within and outside Africa; and facilitate the activities of JSSO and the RCM

To implement these strategies and actions under this outcome, the Commission's Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson will take the lead. For each output under this outcome the lead AUC departments, the cooperating departments and the external partners have been identified.

RECs and Member States' institutions are the principal actors in the implementation and monitoring of actions on the ground, working closely with the NPCA.