JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN militaries must unite to avert some crises and further deterioration of security in the continent.
This is according to Think Security Africa, the international think-tank, which has released a report titled “Ready to Serve: Financing African Militaries and Securing Readiness.”
The report highlights the fact that 18 percent of African militaries are impacted by existential crises, and 35 percent are undertaking operations beyond normal peacetime activity.
All this is occurring against a backdrop of increased budgetary uncertainty, mainly precipitated by the sharp drop in commodity prices.
“If the rise in military operations in Africa continues, alongside rising budgetary uncertainties, militaries and donors will likely have to change funding priorities to enhance the sustainability of operations,” says Adunola Abiola, Founder of Think Security Africa.
“In addition to this, militaries will have to cooperate more closely on the administrative and operational levels, and defence contractors will likely have to amend the way they market and supply.”
Ready to Serve: Financing African Militaries and Securing Readiness, charts nine key changes in Africa’s national defence environment, and explains how this is translating into new budgetary priorities, as well as finance and administrative challenges.
“The key findings of the report is that new funding priorities and approaches to resourcing African militaries are required. This is to ensure that African militaries retain and develop the capacity to guarantee national defence,” the report reads.
Think Security Africa proposes prescriptions designed to assist African militaries and their strategic partners to overcome the financial and administrative challenges in the way of improved military readiness in Africa.
In particular it urges African militaries to consider joint procurement and joint advocacy in order to remove debilitating administrative blocks.
– CAJ News