No short-cut in investing for sustainable development

Mike Pfister Senior Policy Advisor, OECD

In July 2015, Addis Ababa offered the platform for world leaders to affirm their “strong political commitment to address the challenge of financing and creating an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development in the spirit of global partnership and solidarity”1. This challenge is twofold and can be understood through an input-output framework: securing … Continue reading “No short-cut in investing for sustainable development”


Defence corruption: The AU’s next fight

Gavin Raymond, Transparency International

Corruption is a major unseen contributor to insecurity, instability and conflict. Seifeddine Rezgui, the man who recently killed 37 tourists at the Imperial Marhaba hotel in Tunisia,was able to travel unimpeded into Libya for military training and to gain access to uncontrolled weapons, each the result of failures in a corrupt security system. We know … Continue reading “Defence corruption: The AU’s next fight”


Increasing rice production in Africa to enhance food security

Dr. Harold Roy-Macauley, Director General, AfricaRice Center

End the reliance on imports and become self-sufficient in rice! This is the resounding statement increasingly being made by African governments in response to the huge challenge of food insecurity. In Africa, rice is the most rapidly growing food source and about 30Mt will be needed by 2035. Africa’s dependence on rice imports became marked … Continue reading “Increasing rice production in Africa to enhance food security”


Infrastructure financing deficit in Africa: Glass half full or half empty?

Solomon Asamoah, Vice President Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, African Development Bank

  Infrastructure plays a significant role in improving countries’ competitiveness, facilitating their domestic and international trade and enhancing their integration into the global economy. As Africa grows, so does its need for adequate infrastructure services to respond to the demands of a growing population, and an accelerated urbanization rate. In many African countries, particularly in … Continue reading “Infrastructure financing deficit in Africa: Glass half full or half empty?”


The internationalization of higher education in Africa: Strategies for meeting the development challenges

Prof. Goolam Mohamedbhai

  Background Internationalization is now well-embedded in higher education. A survey of 1,336 higher education institutions worldwide, undertaken by the International Association of Universities (IAU) in 2013, revealed that only 8% of them did not have any policy or strategy on internationalization. However, the survey showed that internationalization, its approaches and its impact, vary from … Continue reading “The internationalization of higher education in Africa: Strategies for meeting the development challenges”


Building a resilient health workforce for Africa

Dr. Delanyo Dovlo, Director Health Systems and Services Cluster, WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO)

  In September 2015, the world will launch the new Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda. We expect that achieving universal coverage of essential health services with access to the core services people need without financial and other barriers will be one of the main targets. Universal health coverage (UHC) will mean the … Continue reading “Building a resilient health workforce for Africa”


The post-2015 development agenda and Africa’s development priorities

Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UNECA

  The adoption of the post-2015 development agenda/sustainable development goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets is a victory for Africa in many ways. Most importantly, the outcomes of the post-2015 negotiations “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda For Sustainable Development” are relevant to Africa’s development priorities as contained in the Common African Position (CAP) on the … Continue reading “The post-2015 development agenda and Africa’s development priorities”


The case for greater economic integration in Africa

Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa

  There have been many economic integration attempts in Africa over recent decades, resulting in the proliferation of regional economic communities. Despite geographic proximity, cultural affinity and these integration efforts, intra-Africa trade remains relatively low at approximately 16% of the total trade of member states. The underlying rationale for economic integration is that welfare benefits … Continue reading “The case for greater economic integration in Africa”

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