Midrand, South Africa, April 16, 2018 – The African Union (AU) Foundation, the institution responsible for mobilising resources for African development will hold its fifth Council (Board) meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, later this week. The Council, a governing body of the AU Foundation, is made up of African leaders from various sectors and regions of the continent and the African diaspora who bring a wealth of experience and expertise in areas such as government, business, resource mobilisation, academia, civil society leadership and philanthropy.
This momentous gathering will also serve as an opportunity for the AU Foundation’s Council members to officially express their gratitude to the government and the people of Zimbabwe for the generous donation of US$1 million, extended to the organisation. The donation was proceeds from cattle donated by former President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwean farmers to build capacity to the organisation whose programmes include youth development and entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment and gender equality as well as to promote integration and the management of diversity, amongst others.
Speaking ahead of the Council meeting that will significantly take place in the same week as Zimbabwe’s Independence Day, Mr. Dumisani Mngadi, the outgoing AU Foundation Chief Operations Officer, expressed gratitude to the people of Zimbabwe and further urged other nations to also support the AU Foundation in its pursuit to mobilise resources for Africa’s development.
“In its short existence, the AU Foundation made an impact on the continent beginning with the tremendous contribution to the fight against Ebola in 2015, brought together African government and business leaders to engage in frank discussions on intra-African trade during the first African Economic Platform, supported young professionals who volunteered their time and skills to empower our continent as part of the AU’s youth volunteer corps. All these programmes were made possible by contributions from Africans who invested in the AU Foundation. We were humbled by the gesture from the government and the people of Zimbabwe and as they celebrate their Independence Day, we join in to thank them for their support”, said Mngadi, who is set to leave the AU Foundation at the end of April, 2018 to pursue personal interests, after three years at the helm of the organisation.
Mr. Mngadi further said that, “I am encouraged to leave behind enthusiastic men and women of this continent who believe in a prosperous Africa that is at peace with itself, as espoused in Agenda 2063, and are willing to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to attaining that vision. These backers range from individuals, philanthropists, businesses and even governments. I have no doubt that they will continue supporting the AU Foundation to realise its full potential.”
The AU Foundation Council activities will include a courtesy call to the ministry of foreign affairs and international trade, amongst others.