Terrafrica: Emerging issues for consideration by the donor community
Washington, 23 Jul 2015. Designed to address the land degradation agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), TerrAfrica has been set up as an international partnership for scaling up sustainable land and water management (SLWM) in SSA countries. It is investment-oriented and knowledge-based. It was formed 10 years ago (2005) under the auspices of African ministers in charge of agriculture and the environment, following the 2004 Declaration of Paris on Aid Harmonization. It is led by African Union’s NEPAD Agency (NPCA), which hosts the TerrAfrica Secretariat. The partnership now mobilizes 26 Sub-saharan African countries, as well as regional organizations, the civil society, the research community, and international partners. TerrAfrica partners include SSA Governments, NEPAD Agency (NPCA), regional and sub-regional organizations (e.g. CILSS), the UNCCD Secretariat and the Global Mechanism (GM), FAO, IFAD, AfDB, UNDP, UNEP, the World Bank (WB), the EC, and the Governments of the Netherlands and Norway. The GEF Secretariat has observer status. Activities have been organized along 3 directions: “Regional Coalition Building”, “Regional Knowledge Management”, and “Country Investment” promotion. They’ve been financed through a multidonor trust fund administered by the World Bank. Terrafrica doesn’t allocate resources for actual investment, but supports “whatever” is needed towards that - at scale.