While Africa has been a happy hunting ground for exploiters of minerals and agricultural products, the time has come to examine closely the value chain around each commodity to find where value addition can benefit African rather than foreign interests
The HLF-4 reviewed experience since Paris, and drew conclusions on whether the commitments and targets set for 2010 by the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action have been achieved or not - and why.
South-south cooperation can bridge the gap in lack of capacities African countries face while dealing with developmental problems by sharing interests in furthering ownership of a particular intervention.
NEPAD, members of the African Union, civil society groups, development groups and parliamentarians meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week have for the first time agreed a common position on development effectiveness and aid reform.
“At the heart of these regional engagements is the urgent need for Africa to address the current aid architecture and its implications for Africa’s development,” said Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency
The world is seized by finding the next clean source of energy. W hi le algae-based bio-fuel has captured the interest of small entrepreneurs and tech-savvy start-ups, it has also garnered the focused attention of the U.S. National Aviation and Space Agency - NASA, and global investment companies such as Goldman Sacs. Yet, Zanzibari women who have been cultivating algae for almost twenty years, and he Zanzibari government which knows the return on the investment, do not seem interested in cultivating algae-based bio-fuel.
For the first time, Africa will be presenting a Common Position and Consensus on Development Effectiveness based on its own context, needs and priorities, at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (HLF-4).
A three day retreat to prepare for the elaboration of a comprehensive capacity building programme for the African Union, under the United Nations- African Union Ten Year Capacity Building Programme (TYCBP) is being held in Debre Zeit, from 7-9 September.