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ACCOUNTABILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT RESULTS: THE ROLE OF AFRICAN PARLIAMENTS

This discussion was aimed at highlighting the key issues bordering the role of the parliament and participation in delivering development results in Africa

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URBAN WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LARGE CITIES: BETTER CITY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING FOR DEVELOPMENT RESULTS

African cities face numerous development risks. Chief among these are health hazards, induced by environmental degradation resulting from mounting waste management challenges.

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CURBING ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS FROM AFRICA: THE ROLE OF STRONG LEADERSHIP

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are leading deterrent to Africa’s sustainable development…

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BUILDING A CORE LEADERSHIP SKILLS SET FOR AFRICA’S TRANSFORMATION: THE ROLE OF BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES

The main objective of this discussion is to determine the extent to which Business Schools in African Universities can play significant role in producing the leadership skills needed for Africa’s transformation..

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TRADE FACILITATION IN AFRICA

Trade facilitation, aimed at enhancing intra-African trade, is still too limited. To this end, trade facilitation measures have to be regional in focus, aligned to national strategies and effectively implemented and communicated to ensure that they enhance the easy and profitability of doing business across the continent.

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NATIONAL PLANNING PROCESSES AND ACCOUNTABILITY

National development planning is a need and a priority in Africa to achieve sustainable development and structural transformation. The AfCoP discussion on national planning and accountability has helped to highlight the numerous challenges that African countries face, despite the long history of development planning in Africa, going back to the 1960s. Nevertheless, it also pointed out the lessons learned and the capacity needs for effective national planning.

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AFRICAN REGIONAL AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: CHALLENGES OF DOING BUSINESS

This discussion was launched as a means of sharing knowledge and documenting perspectives on how the African continent could better foster regional integration through overcoming the challenges of doing business in Africa, including travelling restrictions and visa requirements. It is acknowledged that great potential exists for Africa’s socioeconomic transformation, if the regional leadership could sufficiently leverage the advantages of regional integration in the continent.

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FINANCING DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: DOMESTIC RESOURCE MOBILIZATION AND OTHER INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES

Africa continues to face enormous development challenges despite increased global efforts at transforming the continent since the late 1940s to early 1950s. The beginning of the twenty-first century brought great hopes for the advancement of the continent with the Declaration of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) along with the Poverty Reduction Strategies and a series of development aid pacts. Yet, the continent has continued to lag behind; poverty is still on the increase in real terms.

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IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS OF RURAL WOMEN THROUGH MANAGING FOR DEVELOMENT RESULTS

Managing for Development Results (MfDR) is a management strategy for development agencies that focuses on using information on results to improve decision-making and a framework for assessing performance, learning from experience and using resources more efficiently. As a means of improving development performance MfDR tools and processes might enable the rural poor to overcome poverty. The importance of rural women in social economic develpment can not be overemphasied. I

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IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS OF RURAL WOMEN THROUGH MANAGING FOR DEVELOMENT RESULTS

Managing for Development Results (MfDR) is a management strategy for development agencies that focuses on using information on results to improve decision-making and a framework for assessing performance, learning from experience and using resources more efficiently. As a means of improving development performance MfDR tools and processes might enable the rural poor to overcome poverty.

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CURBING ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS FROM AFRICA: THE ROLE OF STRONG LEADERSHIP

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are leading deterrent to Africa’s sustainable development. The continent loses at least US$ 50 billion to these outflows annually, which translates to a loss of about US$ 1.0 billion for each African country. The region should have been able to generate the resources required to finance its development from within, had it not been this scale of loss.

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URBAN WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LARGE CITIES: BETTER CITY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING FOR DEVELOPMENT RESULTS

African cities face numerous development risks. Chief among these are health hazards, induced by environmental degradation resulting from mounting waste management challenges. Compounding these are increased rates of urbanization in the region currently estimated at an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent. The causes of poor waste management in the continent include weak institutional and policy arrangement; deficiency of effective urban and land use planning; inadequate financial capacity; and limited devolution and management processes that do not sufficiently incorporate waste management. Behavioral and attitudinal issues are other dimensions, as well as limited waste management know-how and technology.

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