We are different in the way we think and do things. We are trusted. Established in 2015, AU Watch is non-partisan, non-profit research and evidence-driven organization. Our thinking and ‘Just Imperative’ is the cornerstone of our credibility and our success. We have simply refused to accept the status quo. We accept that a huge part of the truth is that, we as Africans have not been kind to ourselves. A better way is possible and doable, because we are not your usual African CSO. We think outside the box, allowing us to develop fresh ideas, challenge orthodoxies and take the risks we need to succeed.
We are innovative in the ways in which we generate ideas, bring people together, communicate our work and increase our influence. The changes we seek require local knowledge, new relationships and perspectives, and credibility with decision-makers.
AU Watch exists to have real impact for those who need it most. This is at the centre of our thinking about what to do, where to go and how we measure our success.
Our lives are a battlefield on which is fought a continuous war between the forces that are pledged to confirm our humanity and those determined to dismantle it; those who strive to build a protective wall around it, and those who wish to pull it down; those who seek to mould it and those committed to breaking it up those who aim to open our eyes, to make us see the light and look to tomorrow […] and those who wish to lull us into closing our eyes.”
Ngugi Wa Thiongo
Development policy and practice must change in Africa: We reject the popular and conventional paradigm of ‘community development’ as presently conceptualized and executed. You will be hard pressed to find a successful (and now independent) NGO in Africa which has benefitted from community development loans or aid packages. Yet the traditional wisdom by Western donors, the World Bank and other donors is to use the failed community development model. Our development model seeks to assist individuals and, when communities are involved, they must satisfy very stringent criteria. Our work is important because we intend to make a practical difference in the lives of people. We give practical assistance to the most vulnerable members of our communities. Whether we are participating in constructing a library or girls training institute or litigating for the protection of human rights in front of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, or the Ecowas Court of Justice, our intention is to ensure that we make a difference to address regional challenges that demand AU attention and leadership. We provide practical help like grants, loans and technical assistance for projects benefiting the African youth, women, and vulnerable communities. We assist the AU and its Member States to achieve the goal of serving vulnerable communities through sustainable community development. We are also publishing ‘Musical Chairs How Western NGOs are Engaged in a Big Rip Off! It is a story of how big Western aid organizations have received billions of dollars in donation but have spent very little in the target countries. Besides there is very little on the ground to show for the vast amounts of money they claim to have spent. We aim to: