At the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) that took place in Tokyo in 2013, Joseph E.Stiglitz made an excellent speech that is more newsworthy than ever. Indeed, he shared with the audience his thoughts about strategies and challenges confronting African development, and how industrial policy plays a crucial part in the development of the continent.
In 1963 the newly “independent” African countries came together to form the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) that would promote the unity and solidarity of the new African countries and act as a collective voice for the African continent. Notwithstanding this desire, the same countries also emphasised the importance of the sovereignty of their respective countries and inviolability of their borders.
As I write, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa continues to worsen. Figures from the UN’s Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) show that the number of people affected by food shortages in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti has escalated from 10 million to 12.4 million. About 2.3 million of the region's children are acutely malnourished and the UN Children's Fund says more than half a million of them are at risk of death without urgent intervention.
Established in 2008, AWARD is a professional development programme that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
The just completed Peer Review meeting organized by Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) brought together different stakeholders to discuss the preliminary findings of the African case studies. The stakeholders included Government representatives, academia, private sector, civil society and regional research institutions.