Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union
His Excellency Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko is the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission. Dr. Kaloko provides the overall strategic and political leadership on social development issues for the continental body. His portfolio includes sport, culture, social welfare, health, population, migration, labour and employment, drug control, as well as the wellbeing and protection of children.
He has played a significant role in ensuring that global health remains one of the top priorities in Africa and globally. With his background in medical practice spanning over one and a half decades, he is passionate about achieving Universal Health Coverage in Africa which is a prerequisite for sustainable development.
Dr. Kaloko has thus continued to work with Member States of the African Union for the full implementation of the Abuja commitments on health and the African Union Roadmap for Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity on AIDS, TB and Malaria. Recently he played a critical role in positioning health and social development issues in the African Common Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The global health goals in the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals reflect Africa key priorities on health and social development. Dr. Kaloko has spearheaded continental advocacy efforts for Domestic Financing for health and other critical social development issues on the continent.
On sport, Dr. Kaloko has been the main architect for the operationalization of the African Union new sport architecture which was restructured to position sport as a vehicle for development.
His concern about Africa harnessing the demographic dividend has led him to work with member states on youth and women employment, extending the social protection floor to the vulnerable and marginalized, especially those in the informal and rural sectors, and ensuring that more emphasis is placed on people-centered and inclusive development that eliminates exclusion and socio-economic and political inequalities.
Before being appointed Commissioner, Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko served as UNDP Liaison Officer to the African Union. Prior to this appointment, he had served at the Medical Services Directorate of the African Union Commission for over 14 years in various capacities as Physician, Head and Physician Consultant. He has extensive experience of medical practice in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and England.
Dr. Kaloko holds a Medical Degree (MD), from the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, PLAB Examination for Medical Registration in the United Kingdom, First Part Membership of Royal College of Physicians, UK, Post Graduate Specialist degree in Internal Medicine, Addis Ababa University, School of Post Graduate Medicine, Ethiopia and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK).
Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko is a well-travelled gentleman. His several years of serving the OAU/AU sculptured him into an experienced technocrat, an accomplished diplomat and a politician with an immense knowledge of the African Union, its history and the direction the organization seems to be taking.