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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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THE MEDITERRANEAN MIGRANT CRISIS: ROOT CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

The far-reaching negative implication of this crisis for Africa has moved the Africa Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP/MfDR) to organize an online discussion among its members with the objective of generating knowledge that will stimulate positive actions to tackle the problem. This knowledge brief capture the key messages from the discussion.

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

AfCoP had initiated discussion on alternative solutions to financing development in Africa with special focus on building capacity for domestic resource mobilization. This knowledge brief summarises the discussions and ideas shared by the AfCoP members with one of the key messages emerging being the need for building capable and effective states founded on strong accountability systems.

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ADDRESSING GENDER ISSUES IN REGIONAL INTEGRATION How to improve women’s participation in cross-border trade activities in Africa?

AfCoP has initiated discussion on the abovementioned topic with the overall objective of identifying ways to improve the welfare of women in cross-border trade activities, and to inform AfCoP’s role in supporting their livelihoods.

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POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE FOR RESULTS

This AfCoP Knowledge Brief points out and examines political leadership and governance gaps in Africa linked to development results strategies. The text underlines that these gaps are mostly associated with the rule of law and to the lack of specific capacities of institutions, governments and leaders. The specific capacities that need to be built to reduce this gap are stretched out and the role of knowledge and policy research to this extent is emphasized.

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MANAGING THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL
DEVELOPMENT, AND EMPOWERING WOMEN TO RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The brief gives some adaptation and migration tips to tackle climate change impacts on rural societies. It also proposes guidance on how to empower women to respond to climate change, being them involved in large number in agricultural activities and consequently more vulnerable to climate change. The text underlines in its final part the key capacities that need to be built to better deal with climate change in African contexts.

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADAPTATION MEASURES: Equity and gender inclusiveness -capacity imperatives, opportunities and lessons

The purpose of this online discussion was to explore the climate change and adaptation measures in Africa. The specific focus was to identify issues of equity and gender inclusiveness, capacity imperatives, opportunities and lessons.

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FOOD SECURITY AND AGRIBUSINESS IN AFRICA: Capacity imperatives, lessons and policies

This brief focuses on capacity imperatives around the production of cereals on the continent. It notes that Africa has specific
policies that seek to address funding for agriculture but countries have been slow providing room for the private sector to assist.

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COMBINING ICT AND AGRICULTURE TO REDUCE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

This AfCoP Knowledge Brief examines the ICT enabled transformation undergoing in the agriculture sector in sub-Saharan Africa. It also identifies some emerging opportunities for youth in agriculture through ICTs. Finally, policy recommendations are made to unleash the potential of ICTs in promoting youth employment in agriculture.

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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Poverty has remained pervasive despite the series of gender and women programs. Therefore, AfCoP had convened this online discussion to seek perspectives on issues affecting women entrepreneurship development in Africa and to provide recommendations to address them.

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DOs AND DON’Ts OF AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS IN ENCOURAGING YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The role of government should return to creating and maintaining a conducive environment for youth entrepreneurship. This primarily involves providing entrepreneurial skills to youth, enabling an attractive financial environment, investing in infrastructure, and ensuring M&E and knowledge management.

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