bulletin of the AFRICA PROGRESS PANELVolume 4, Issue 8 — 5 May 2011
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Partnering for Progress
Partnerships that pool the resources, capacities and experience of a wide range of actors around a specific challenge can drive African progress. This is the central message of this year’s Africa Progress Report.
At first view, this may seem like an overly obvious statement to make. After all, we have already seen ample proof of the transformative power of such partnerships. We have seen partnerships between public and private actors increase delivery of and access to healthcare. We have seen partnerships around mobile technology improve financial access for millions of Africans and transform entire business sectors. And we have seen partnerships spread access to goods, services and opportunities to marginalized segments of the population. In brief, we have seen partnerships drive development.
So why yet another report on partnerships? The answer is as straightforward as our argument. Because despite all the success stories, valuable lessons learned and proliferating reports and case studies, we are simply not seeing nearly enough proven models replicated or brought to scale across the continent to effect structural change. By whatever count, the number of successful partnerships remains far too small compared with both the potential and need for them. Too often, activities remain small-scale, localized and isolated, as partners lack the capacity, resources or incentives to scale up their operations, replicate them elsewhere, or deliver more than piecemeal change.
Against this background, we decided to identify the actions needed to create the policy framework, enabling environment and incentive structure required to spur further collaboration for progress. We argue that all actors, including national governments, international organisations, private companies and civil society actors, can do more to remove blockages and facilitate the spread of proven partnership models across countries and sectors – and that doing so is in their own self interest.
National governments can do more to ensure the regulatory and legal conditions that allow partnerships to mature beyond small-scale and localized projects. International donors and institutions can do more to initiate and provide see funding, risk mitigation and other supportive instruments to innovative models. Private sector actors, particularly large corporations, can do more to move beyond traditional patterns of sourcing, production, and distribution and expand their operations to marginalized people and areas. And civil society can do more to play a constructive intermediary role and hold partners accountable to each other and the people.
However, despite all the value they can add to government-led development efforts, partnerships are certainly not a solution for all of Africa’s problems nor do they shift the primary responsibility of progress away from African leaders. But they can certainly help to accelerate progress and help both Africa and Africans fulfill their vast potential.
Africa Progress Report 2011
The Africa Progress Report launched in Cape Town today by Kofi Annan, Graça Machel,Linah Mohohlo and Olusegun Obasanjo reviews the continent’s progress over the past year, and looks at the year ahead to identify key trends, opportunities and obstacles. The report focuses heavily on the transformative power of partnerships to drive sustained social and economic and social development. The full report and a series of brochures highlighting some key messages and graphics from the report is published in English and French and is available for download on www.africaprogresspanel.org. If you have any questions, please write to email@example.com.
- AfDB and World Bank jointly pledge $1 billion to support Tunisia’s democratic transition
- AfDB approves Urban Development Strategy designed to transform African cities and towns into engines of economic growth and social development
- African health ministers call for the use of ICTs to help tackle non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and sickle cell diseases
- AU health ministers commit to paying special attention to the management of effects of climate change on health and development on the continent
- The European Investment Bank supports transformation of water supply for 2 million people in Kampala, Uganda, and increases its support for Ugandan small businesses through a €40 million loan to local banks
- African agriculture ministers call for improved infrastructure and business environment for smallholder farmers
- UN Democracy Fund shortlists 65 projects worldwide to receive support, of which 34 % are in Africa
- Women’s participation crucial for democracies, UN officials stress
- Developing economies are emerging as main source of foreign direct investment, according to the 6th UNCTAD Global Investment Trends Monitor
- A joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur announces a new initiative to help aid agencies access hard-to-reach communities in parts of the strife-torn Sudanese region
- The World Bank approves $300 m for reconstruction of Kenya’s major western transport corridor, improving roads and air transport and the business climate in the area
- Mozambique to receive $161 million from the World Bank to improve access, quality and education in the period 2011-2015
- World Bank and Google partners to support development in South Sudan by engaging the South Sudanese diaspora
- Leaders of five of the world’s major emerging powers call for UN Security Council reform to give developing nations more of a say on pressing global issues
- China says its burgeoning foreign aid to Africa is based on friendship and not aimed at the continents rich natural resources
- China’s white paper on foreign aid presents an overall picture of its foreign aid activities over the past few decades
- France and the African Union discuss measures to mitigate food price volatility
- France's PM promises Tunisia €350 million in aid in an effort to strenghten their ties
- India, Brazil and South Africa set up a fund to support poverty and hunger alleviation projects in low-income countries 'without imposing conditions'
- India states it is not in competition with Beijing in furthering economic interests in Africa, but would play a complementary role
- JICA and Rwanda Demobilisation Commission launch a project aimed at providing life skills to ex-combatants and disabled groups
Some Recommendations from the APR: who needs to do what
- African governments bear the main responsibility for the continent’s progress. While they depend on supportive global policies and agreements, it is up to them to provide the plans, frameworks and conditions for their countries’ development and the realization of their peoples’ potential. Similarly, when it comes to fostering partnerships and maximizing their developmental impact, it is up to African governments to create the necessary conditions and incentive structures.
- International donors have made a series of commitments to Africa, which they need to keep. They share responsibility for Africa’s progress, particularly when it comes to ensuring a level playing field, correcting harmful global realities, particularly with respect to trade, climate change, the international financial system and achieving the MDGs. Given their resources, expertise, networks and influence there is much that international donors can contribute to initiating and supporting partnerships for development.
Partnerships are not a panacea for all of Africa's ills, but they can certainly help to accelerate progress and spread development across countries and sectors
- Africa Progress Panel
Selected Media Coverage of the APR 2011
- APP members: Graça Machel, Kofi Annan, Linah Mohohlo and Olusegun Obasanjo led the Africa Progress Report Press Conference - Press release. The launch of the Africa Progress Report 2011 in Cape Town today has so far generated extensive online coverage.
- BBC News- Kofi Annan: African leaders risk squandering growth-5 May 2011
- allAfrica.com- ‘Hopeless continent’ becomes ‘continent of hope’- 5 May 2011
- Guardian- Private sector 'increasingly important' for development in Africa- 5 May 2011
- Mail and Guardian- Annan warns on African growth as opportunity knocks- 5 May 2011
- FM.co.za- WEF 2011 - Africa Progress Report 2011- 5 May 2011
- France24- Africa needs to harness growth- 5 May 2011
- The New York Times: The Morning After, 2 May 2011
John Campbell, a former U.S Ambassador to Nigeria questions the success of the recently concluded elections in Nigeria and argues that it reveals the need for the U.S and its allies to reach out to Nigeria’s North.
- Time (USA): Progress against malaria in Africa is real but fragile, 1 May 2011
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Robert Zoellick outline the state of play in the ongoing battle against the scourge of malaria. They argue that progress against malaria has been made - particularly in Africa but the fight remains ‘fragile’.
- Modern Ghana: It’s time to focus farm policies on farmers, 25 April 2011
Akin Adesina, Vice-President of AGRA calls on African governments to use the current food crisis as an opportunity to consider long-term policies that can help farmers generate higher yields.
- According to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2011, increasing trade, enhancing higher education, ensuring entrepreneurial opportunities for women and developing the tourism sector are vital for improving the region’s economic prospects.
- New WHO report warns that deaths from noncommunicable diseases are on the rise, with developing world hit the hardest.
- 2011 IMF Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa shows Sub-Saharan Africa’s recovery from the crisis with growth in most countries now close to the high levels of the mid-2000s.
- AfDB report “The BRICs in North Africa: Changing the Name of the Game?”, outlines how North Africa’s economies are profiting from fast-growing trade and investment from the BRIC countries.
- New UNESCO report on education investment titled: Financing Education in sub-Saharan Africa – Meeting the Challenges of Expansion, Equity and Quality, reveals increased spending on education in sub-Saharan Africa.
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