The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations.
In 2013, KAICIID began work with the African Union and other partners in the region to promote a culture of dialogue among followers of diverse religions and cultures in Africa. Under the KAICIID-AU Memorandum of Understanding, the African Union Interfaith Dialogue Forum (IFDF) was reinvigorated as a platform to incorporate the voices and concerns of religious communities into continental policy-making, and to enable the work of the AU to have a greater impact through implementation by religious communities. The second AU-IFDF was convened in November 2016. It gathered religious actors and experts from 33 African countries, who issued their Declaration of commitment to work on a wide range of pressing issues (hate speech, gender equality and countering violent extremism, among others), and elected an active Steering Committee. KAICIID and the AU have overseen the Committee’s development of founding documents, a strategy and preparation for the third African Union Interfaith Dialogue Forum, planned for the fourth quarter of 2018.