– It is important having Africa Day as a day to reflect on Africa. In addition, this year is the 10th anniversary of the African Union. Some progress has been achieved during this period but hopefully the AU will become more efficient over the next ten years, says NAI researcher Eldridge Adolfo.
NAI guest researchers Imen Belhadj and Jumanne Abdallah say they never have celebrated Africa Day unless they´ve been out of the continent.
– Still, Africa Day is a good thing since it draws attention to Africa. But l wish the role of African Union will get clearer. The organization needs to show people that it’s more than just fancy conferences, says Jumanne Abdallah.
– The African Development Bank could be a role-model for AU, since the bank has down-to-earth activities that really change things in Africa, says Imen Belhadj.