COP-17: An African Pavilion to showcase experiences and practices in Durban
24 Nov 2011.
The Republic of South Africa, the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are jointly organising an African Pavilion in Durban throughout the COP-17/CMP-7 (28 Nov to 09 Dec 2011). The aim is to offer an opportunity to reflect on the design of the Green Climate Fund in a manner that results in a tailored financing platform for Africa at the scale needed for a climate resilient and low carbon development future. It will do this through practical programmatic approaches, with incentives for the private sector to leverage investments.
// Ahead of Durban
The Conference of African Heads of States and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) was held on 16 November 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It considered the key messages from the Special Session of the African Ministerial Council on Environment (AMCEN) held in Bamako, Mali in September 2011, in respect of Arica's effective participation at COP17/CMP7. Chaired by Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the Addis meeting assessed readiness and reaffirmed that "Africa should speak with one voice in articulating its demands", as declared by Jean Ping, the African Union Chairperson.
Stakeholders meet in Dar-es-Salaam to discuss CAADP Partnership Platform
17 Nov 2011.
The CAADP Partnership Platform (PP) Business meeting, held in Dar-es-Salaam on 11-12 November 2011, was intended to review progress since Yaoundé, coordinate work programmes across institutions, and define major accomplishments for achievement by the next PP. About 40 representatives attended the meeting from African Union Commission, NEPAD Agency, some Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Pillar Lead Institutions, Development Partners, Non State Actors and supporting consultants.
// CAADP PP Business Meeting outcomes and challenges
Notable progress made against most priorities set in Yaoundé, as well as against new emerging issues. Notable successes include the scale of capacity development, support for programme design, advancing M&E and Mutual Accountability work including establishing new SAKSS nodes, the Grow Africa forum, defining a climate change strategy linked to COP17, responding to the Horn of Africa crisis, defining an Agricultural Science Agenda for Africa, initiating a Tertiary Education strategy and supporting new compacts, investment plans and business meetings.
It emerged that the regional role played by RECs continues to be varied. While COMESA is actively supporting countries and slowly advancing with the Tripartite compact, ECCAS, the second of the two RECs present, is making very limited progress and made a strong call for help from AUC, NPCA and Development Partners.
This Business Meeting, with its limited participation of more informed and engaged CAADP stakeholders, was characterised by deeper and better quality discussion, and the understanding on roles and mandates of each institution has improved. However, the quality of progress reports was varied, and it was then agreed that for the next PP Business Meeting all parties shall report progress against the commonly agreed upon priorities in the context of the partnership –as highlighted in the Communiqué or minutes.
In multiple sessions, an emerging priority was highlighted: How can CAADP support countries and RECs with ensuring their policies and institutions are aligned to the successful achievement of their investment plans? It was resolved that NPCA shall manage a process to define how such support could be provided, and present the outcomes at the next PP. This is consistent with the view of a majority of stakeholders that the CAADP framework needs to be thought over in order to remain relevant with an emerging agriculture agenda in Africa.
The CAADP MDTF will hold a review event 17-19 January 2012. At its mid-term, the MDTF has committed most of its funds. Its structure, function and governance need evolving based on lessons learned and an evolving context for CAADP.
Grow Africa Forum – An emerging platform to promote private agricultural financing
16 Nov 2011.
To strengthen national ARD initiatives that seek to attract private sector investment – this was the focus of the first Grow Africa Forum in Tanzania. Participants largely viewed the event as a breakthrough in efforts to scale-up public-private collaboration in support of African agriculture. Here are the specific outcomes:
// New relationships, trust and commitment
A mindset shift – public and private sector working together as partners in development, harnessing strengths
Recognition among private sector of scale of opportunity
Shared ambition to go to scale
// Mutual learning on how to develop strong Public Private Initiatives. Key lessons included:
Top-level political commitment
The need for a spirit of partnership, co-creation, and shared risk
Shifting the balance of risks/ opportunities through partnership, political will, good enabling policy environment, regional integration, hard infrastructure, catalytic finance, risk finance. There are roles for DPs, government and private sector in addressing these factors
Models: agricultural corridors or value chains
// Recognising challenges
Approaches for linking smallholders into markets – creating the pull. Farmer confidence in markets and price. Smallholder aggregation and capacity building
Strengthening land rights and handling with transparency
Linking agricultural science and technology to farmers
Cost of money will only drop when market risk drops
Commercial environment where contracts are enforceable
Expanding national markets, and adding value in-country, rather than focussing on exports
// Strengthening of country initiatives
Countries left with roadmaps for actions they will take to advance their initiatives. The most common additional ideas shared by participants were:
Establishing steering committees and coordinating units
Clarifying focus and priorities
Creating compelling business cases for a pipeline of potential transactions
// Clarity on next steps – the road to Addis for next meeting (May 2012)
Countries will develop clear business cases and investment blueprints to present at the next Grow Africa Forum in Addis in May. Africa Agricultural Growth Investment Task Force (AAGIT) will help source technical support for this
Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) will provide a platform for governments to showcase their initiatives and raise the interest of more private sector partners
African Union Summit will provide a platform to report on progress, and explore how other countries can engage
Grow Africa in Addis in May 2012, in the margins of WEF Africa, will focus on pitching investment opportunities and attracting new private sector partners in to country initiatives
Delegations from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Kenya, including government and private sector leaders
CAADP DP Task Team Info note – November edition out now
9 Nov 2011.
Progress continues apace in countries and regions across Africa. This note will update you regarding recent business meetings, the upcoming Grow Africa Forum, programme design support, and the Horn of Africa crisis. At the HQ-level, 40 representatives from 18 agencies recently met in DC to collectively advance the support for CAADP on multiple agendas including capacity development, private sector engagement, mutual accountability, expert support, and regional integration. The Task Team's focus was on responding to priorities set by their African partners, and strengthening support for country teams and those working regionally.
// CAADP Development Partners Task Team InfoNote to ADWGs -- In brief
In preparation for the CAADP Business Meeting the Development Partners Task Team reached consensus on common positions to present to their African counterparts on 11/12 November 2011. The Task Team members acknowledged considerable progress that CAADP had made across multiple agendas in the last six months since the Yaoundé March 2011 meeting. Nevertheless, they also perceived a range of emerging and on-going challenges that CAADP Partners would have to address to maintain momentum towards agricultural transformation across Africa. To this end, the TT members offer a set of recommendations for consideration and discussion in their position paper.
// Development Partners' position paper
Documents consensus reached on key issues:
Clarity and coordination to deliver a growing mandate
Support for country and regional teams
CAADP's long-term goals and targets
Reporting on donor performance
CAADP and the long-term response to the Horn of Africa crisis