Africa Archive

  • The African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 1st – 5th December 2014, called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI) to adopt the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that Africa has made towards improving its quality infrastructure and to cultivate a culture of collective responsibility in building a sound quality infrastructure amongst African countries. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that Africa has made towards improving its quality infrastructure and to cultivate a culture of collective responsibility in building a sound quality infrastructure amongst African countries. As Africa welcomes the year 2017, PAQI ; comprising of, the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC), the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS), the African Electro technicalStandardisation Commission (AFSEC) and the African Organisation for Standardisation(ARSO),encouragesall quality infrastructure players on the African continenttoorganise,support and […]

    Africa commemorates 2017 as African Year of Quality Infrastructure

    The African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 1st – 5th December 2014, called upon the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI) to adopt the year 2017 as the African Year of Quality Infrastructure. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that Africa has made towards improving its quality infrastructure and to cultivate a culture of collective responsibility in building a sound quality infrastructure amongst African countries. The decision was made in recognition of the efforts that Africa has made towards improving its quality infrastructure and to cultivate a culture of collective responsibility in building a sound quality infrastructure amongst African countries. As Africa welcomes the year 2017, PAQI ; comprising of, the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC), the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS), the African Electro technicalStandardisation Commission (AFSEC) and the African Organisation for Standardisation(ARSO),encouragesall quality infrastructure players on the African continenttoorganise,support and […]

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  • With the ending of the war in 2002, Angola has recorded tremendous progress in relation to poverty reduction, reduction of maternal and child mortality, children enrollment in the educational system and an increase in access to drinking water. However, large pockets of the population still remain in poverty and without adequate access to basic services and could benefit from more inclusive development policies. Income inequality is a major driver of poverty in Angola. With a Gini coefficient estimated at 0.54, Angola ranks as the fifth most unequal country in Africa. The reduction of poverty, particularly of extreme poverty, continues to be a priority for the Angolan State and the development stakeholders in the country. The “Estratégia de Combate à Pobreza – ECP” as last revised in 2005 is still the main strategy document which orientates the main areas of intervention for government and stakeholders. A proposal for a new National […]

    Angola needs to strengthen social protection

    With the ending of the war in 2002, Angola has recorded tremendous progress in relation to poverty reduction, reduction of maternal and child mortality, children enrollment in the educational system and an increase in access to drinking water. However, large pockets of the population still remain in poverty and without adequate access to basic services and could benefit from more inclusive development policies. Income inequality is a major driver of poverty in Angola. With a Gini coefficient estimated at 0.54, Angola ranks as the fifth most unequal country in Africa. The reduction of poverty, particularly of extreme poverty, continues to be a priority for the Angolan State and the development stakeholders in the country. The “Estratégia de Combate à Pobreza – ECP” as last revised in 2005 is still the main strategy document which orientates the main areas of intervention for government and stakeholders. A proposal for a new National […]

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  • Kick-start of new “Skills Initiative for Africa”, to create jobs and income opportunities for Africa’s youth The growing extent of youth unemployment poses a fundamental challenge for the whole of Africa. In total, around 60 percent of the unemployed are under the age of 25 and young women are especially affected. It is against this backdrop that the Skills Initiative for Africa promotes occupational prospects of young Africans through the support of innovative skills development programs and a close cooperation with the private sector. It is in response to this huge challenge that the African Union Commission and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), initiated the Skills Initiative for Africa. Execution of this programme is being undertaken by the NEPAD Agency with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale and Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW Development Bank. Its goal is to strengthen the occupational prospects of young […]

    Skills Initiative for Africa to create jobs and income opportunities for Africa’s youth

    Kick-start of new “Skills Initiative for Africa”, to create jobs and income opportunities for Africa’s youth The growing extent of youth unemployment poses a fundamental challenge for the whole of Africa. In total, around 60 percent of the unemployed are under the age of 25 and young women are especially affected. It is against this backdrop that the Skills Initiative for Africa promotes occupational prospects of young Africans through the support of innovative skills development programs and a close cooperation with the private sector. It is in response to this huge challenge that the African Union Commission and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), initiated the Skills Initiative for Africa. Execution of this programme is being undertaken by the NEPAD Agency with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale and Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW Development Bank. Its goal is to strengthen the occupational prospects of young […]

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  • African nations increasingly embrace cash transfers to combat the continent’s cycle of poverty WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 8, 2016/ — Programs designed to alleviate hunger and increase food supply through cash transfers to some of Zambia’s poorest families achieved those goals and more, final evaluations conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) (http://www.AIR.org) revealed. Overall, researchers found that a cash-transfer program geared toward families with at least one young child had effects that amounted to a net benefit of 1.5 kwacha—Zambia’s currency— for each kwacha transferred. A second program for households with fewer able-bodied people to farm had effects that amounted to a net benefit of 1.68 kwacha for each kwacha transferred. Besides eating more meals and building more reliable food reserves, families used the money to improve their housing, buy additional necessities for their children, acquire more livestock and reduce debt. The studies, commissioned by […]

    Cash Transfer Programs Succeed for Zambia’s Poor, Offer Lessons for Battling African Poverty, AIR Finds

    African nations increasingly embrace cash transfers to combat the continent’s cycle of poverty WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 8, 2016/ — Programs designed to alleviate hunger and increase food supply through cash transfers to some of Zambia’s poorest families achieved those goals and more, final evaluations conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) (http://www.AIR.org) revealed. Overall, researchers found that a cash-transfer program geared toward families with at least one young child had effects that amounted to a net benefit of 1.5 kwacha—Zambia’s currency— for each kwacha transferred. A second program for households with fewer able-bodied people to farm had effects that amounted to a net benefit of 1.68 kwacha for each kwacha transferred. Besides eating more meals and building more reliable food reserves, families used the money to improve their housing, buy additional necessities for their children, acquire more livestock and reduce debt. The studies, commissioned by […]

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  • Users tweeting #WhatWouldMagufuliDo are offering wry ways to emulate Tanzania’s John Magufuli’s clampdown on wasteful spending. #WhatWouldMagufuliDo Tweets

    What would Magufuli do? … to cut costs

    Users tweeting #WhatWouldMagufuliDo are offering wry ways to emulate Tanzania’s John Magufuli’s clampdown on wasteful spending. #WhatWouldMagufuliDo Tweets

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  • Transparency International estimates 75 million Africans paid a bribe in the past year BERLIN, Germany, December 1, 2015 ()TI/APO) – A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals, according to a new opinion poll from Transparency International (http://www.Transparency.org). In the report People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, part of the Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International partnered with Afrobarometer, which spoke to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their country. The majority (58 per cent) of Africans in the surveyed countries, say corruption has increased over the past 12 months. In 18 out of 28 countries surveyed a large majority of people said their government is doing […]

    Corruption on the rise in Africa poll as governments seen failing to stop it

    Transparency International estimates 75 million Africans paid a bribe in the past year BERLIN, Germany, December 1, 2015 ()TI/APO) – A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals, according to a new opinion poll from Transparency International (http://www.Transparency.org). In the report People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, part of the Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International partnered with Afrobarometer, which spoke to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their country. The majority (58 per cent) of Africans in the surveyed countries, say corruption has increased over the past 12 months. In 18 out of 28 countries surveyed a large majority of people said their government is doing […]

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  • “The way that things have always been done” is changing in many African countries   LAGOS, Nigeria, March 13, 2015/ — 57.6% of companies see the development of policies and procedures that can be practically applied in all countries as the most challenging internal anti-corruption and compliance issue. This is one of the topics discussed today at a webcast with Uche Orji, CEO and Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), hosted by Control Risks’ CEO Richard Fenning (https://www.controlrisks.com).   • While FCPA and UKBA still lead anti-bribery and corruption regulation, in a number of African countries the governments feel increasing pressure to join the current trend of stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation in developing countries   • An integrated, global approach to mitigate corruption risk is important, but local adjustment is key   •  “The way that things have always been done” is changing in many African countries and often […]

    More pressure on African governments to have stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation 

    “The way that things have always been done” is changing in many African countries   LAGOS, Nigeria, March 13, 2015/ — 57.6% of companies see the development of policies and procedures that can be practically applied in all countries as the most challenging internal anti-corruption and compliance issue. This is one of the topics discussed today at a webcast with Uche Orji, CEO and Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), hosted by Control Risks’ CEO Richard Fenning (https://www.controlrisks.com).   • While FCPA and UKBA still lead anti-bribery and corruption regulation, in a number of African countries the governments feel increasing pressure to join the current trend of stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation in developing countries   • An integrated, global approach to mitigate corruption risk is important, but local adjustment is key   •  “The way that things have always been done” is changing in many African countries and often […]

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  • Unctad’s Least Developed Countries Report 2014 Growth with structural transformation: A post-2015 development agenda ​The Least Developed Countries Report 2014 says that the international community must learn from the failure of most of the poorest countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) despite registering strong economic growth – a phenomenon the Report dubs the “LDC paradox“. The Report – subtitled Growth with Structural Transformation: A Post-2015 Development Agenda – says the LDCs are the battleground on which the post-2015 development agenda will be won or lost. Its success will depend on action by the international community and the LDCs to structurally transform their economies and break the vicious circle of human and economic development that has trapped these countries in poverty. The LDC paradox arises from the failure of LDC economies to achieve structural changes despite having grown vigorously as a result of strong export prices and rising aid […]

    International community must learn from the failure of most of the poorest countries, says UNCTAD report

    Unctad’s Least Developed Countries Report 2014 Growth with structural transformation: A post-2015 development agenda ​The Least Developed Countries Report 2014 says that the international community must learn from the failure of most of the poorest countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) despite registering strong economic growth – a phenomenon the Report dubs the “LDC paradox“. The Report – subtitled Growth with Structural Transformation: A Post-2015 Development Agenda – says the LDCs are the battleground on which the post-2015 development agenda will be won or lost. Its success will depend on action by the international community and the LDCs to structurally transform their economies and break the vicious circle of human and economic development that has trapped these countries in poverty. The LDC paradox arises from the failure of LDC economies to achieve structural changes despite having grown vigorously as a result of strong export prices and rising aid […]

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  • Empowering people through investments in skills and technology needed to boost development By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings. Produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this year’s report shows that Africa has weathered internal and external shocks and is poised to achieve healthy economic growth rates. The continent’s growth is projected to accelerate to 4.8 percent in 2014 and 5 to 6 percent in 2015, levels which have not been seen since the global economic crisis of 2009. Africa’s economic growth is more broad-based, argues the report, driven by domestic demand, infrastructure and increased continental trade in manufactured goods. “In order to sustain the economic growth […]

    African Economic Outlook 2014: Empowering people through investments in skills and technology needed to boost development

    Empowering people through investments in skills and technology needed to boost development By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings. Produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this year’s report shows that Africa has weathered internal and external shocks and is poised to achieve healthy economic growth rates. The continent’s growth is projected to accelerate to 4.8 percent in 2014 and 5 to 6 percent in 2015, levels which have not been seen since the global economic crisis of 2009. Africa’s economic growth is more broad-based, argues the report, driven by domestic demand, infrastructure and increased continental trade in manufactured goods. “In order to sustain the economic growth […]

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  • The European Development Days 2013 had a focus on building the new partnership for development. Here is a live stream of the closing session Speakers Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia – Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development Paul Collier, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya Chair, Southern Voices on Post-MDGs, Centre for Policy Dialogue Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute – Moderator

    European Development Days close showing the way forward to a new development agenda

    The European Development Days 2013 had a focus on building the new partnership for development. Here is a live stream of the closing session Speakers Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia – Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development Paul Collier, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya Chair, Southern Voices on Post-MDGs, Centre for Policy Dialogue Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute – Moderator

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  • Is the current model of African democracy bad for growth/good public services? Conclusion from 5yr African governance study The Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) set out to tackle one of the most important and challenging development questions of the early 21st century – what sort of governance does Africa really need and how is it going to get it? It aimed to do so by generating a new body of comparative research findings and empirically-grounded theory. Governance for development in Africa: building on what works The starting point was the realization that the concept of good governance is insufficient and questionable in the face of African realities and the continent´s challenges for economic transformation. Solutions need to be realistic about material and social constraints and build on local arrangements that are known to work. The currently emerging “good fit” approach is seen as a useful step forward, but much […]

    Development as a collective action problem: Addressing the real challenges of African governance

    Is the current model of African democracy bad for growth/good public services? Conclusion from 5yr African governance study The Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) set out to tackle one of the most important and challenging development questions of the early 21st century – what sort of governance does Africa really need and how is it going to get it? It aimed to do so by generating a new body of comparative research findings and empirically-grounded theory. Governance for development in Africa: building on what works The starting point was the realization that the concept of good governance is insufficient and questionable in the face of African realities and the continent´s challenges for economic transformation. Solutions need to be realistic about material and social constraints and build on local arrangements that are known to work. The currently emerging “good fit” approach is seen as a useful step forward, but much […]

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  • Sustainable development rests on diversification and investments in human capital Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013 (http://www.africaneconomicoutlook.org), released in Marrakesh. The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org), the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). For the whole report, including statistics and specific country performance, please visit www.africaneconomicoutlook.org The continent’s economic outlook for 2013 and 2014 is promising, confirming its healthy resilience to internal and external shocks and its role as a growth pole in an ailing global economy. Africa’s economy is projected to grow by 4.8% in 2013 and accelerate further to 5.3% in 2014. The report shows this growth has been accompanied by insufficient poverty reduction, persisting unemployment, increased income inequalities and […]

    African Economic Outlook 2013: Natural resources can fuel Africa’s economic transformation

    Sustainable development rests on diversification and investments in human capital Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013 (http://www.africaneconomicoutlook.org), released in Marrakesh. The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org), the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). For the whole report, including statistics and specific country performance, please visit www.africaneconomicoutlook.org The continent’s economic outlook for 2013 and 2014 is promising, confirming its healthy resilience to internal and external shocks and its role as a growth pole in an ailing global economy. Africa’s economy is projected to grow by 4.8% in 2013 and accelerate further to 5.3% in 2014. The report shows this growth has been accompanied by insufficient poverty reduction, persisting unemployment, increased income inequalities and […]

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