AU funding

The African Union is reviewing country contributions and searching for alternative funding methods as it strives to claim its independence by not relying on foreign donors. Several alternative forms of funding have been proposed that could see ordinary Africans in some countries paying the AU bill. These include charging a tourism and an sms levy. Critics have slammed the proposals, saying the poor should not be paying for the continental body. Funding the AU will be under the spotlight when heads of states attend the African Union Summit in Johannesburg later this week