Many of the nations fighting the terror group have themselves been accused of human rights abuses and even of war crimes.
But fears of civilian casualties could see the army renege on a commitment to disarm combatants.
Elections and Abuja's need to lead are hindering AU efforts to take on the militants.
The reaction in Africa to last week's massacre of civilians in the northeast of Nigeria has been described as long overdue.
There are 15 key pointers to watch this year that will indicate the direction in which Africa is heading.
African leaders reprimand the West, particularly France, for its intervention in Libya, which they say has left Africa rife with terrorism.
The continent is hoping a new crisis response force will help lessen its reliance on foreign help.
Attacks on pupils are inflicting dreadful damage on Nigeria's already precarious education systems.
The organisation has called on the government to help women and girls who have escaped from Boko Haram with post-rape care and psychosocial support.
Botswana has been a haven for immigrants, but now many fear a change in policy.