The role of NEPAD in improving quality and effectiveness of aid for Agricultural development


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Presentation by Amadou Allahoury Diallo (NEPAD) at the 6th Brussels Development Briefing - Brussels, 2 July 2008

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The role of NEPAD in improving quality and effectiveness of aid for Agricultural development

  1. 1. The role of NEPAD in improving quality and effectiveness of aid for Agricultural development Amadou Allahoury Diallo Senior Water Specialist NEPAD
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>“ It is time to place agriculture afresh at the center of the development agenda, taking account of the vastly different context of opportunities and challenges that has emerged” World development report 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>This is particularly true for Sub Sahara Africa where 85 percent of the poor depend for their livelihoods at least partly on agriculture; agricultural income growth is therefore key to rural poverty reduction and Economic growth </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Agriculture has to deliver ; In this framework quality and effectiveness of aid are critical. </li></ul><ul><li>Conscious of the situation, African leaders developed the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) as the NEPAD framework for the revitalization of the agriculture sector and initiative to accelerate growth and, eliminate poverty among African countries. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>The overall role of NEPAD is : </li></ul><ul><li>to energize and catalyze the CAADP process </li></ul><ul><li>to play an advocacy role in generating and sustaining the interests of national governments and the international development community to support this new African agenda. </li></ul>
  5. 5. CAADP, framework and tool to improve aid quality and effectiveness <ul><li>First comprehensive effort harnessing Africa’s own energies and commitment to address the continent’s development challenges </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity to improve quality and effectiveness of investments in Agriculture sector including aid for development. </li></ul>
  6. 6. CAADP, key principles include: <ul><li>exploitation of regional complementarities and cooperation; </li></ul><ul><li>application of principles of policy efficiency, dialogue, review, and accountability; </li></ul><ul><li>usage of partnerships and alliances, including farmers, agri-business and civil society; </li></ul><ul><li>shared responsibilities and collective commitment among the various African institutions, national governments, the civil society and private sector institutions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. CAADP, African Governments commitment <ul><li>Harmonization of Agricultural development strategies i.e :targets - 6% average annual agricultural sector growth at national levels; </li></ul><ul><li>10% of national budgets to the agricultural sector </li></ul><ul><li>CAADP drills down to national levels through “ Roundtable ” </li></ul>
  8. 8. RT, tool for better harmonization and alignement of developement efforts <ul><li>RT process focus on : </li></ul><ul><li>Aligning state policies with regional priorities; </li></ul><ul><li>Exploiting synergies; </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying gaps in the donor funding needed to achieve agreed priorities; </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor and evaluate CAADP’s progress at the national, regional and continental levels. </li></ul>
  9. 9. NEPAD Agriculture unit specific role in improving quality and effectiveness of aid <ul><li>Five strategic areas : </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership and coalition building </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting CAADP principles </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring and assessment of CAADP impact; </li></ul><ul><li>Managing communication and information in support; </li></ul><ul><li>Harnessing key thinking and experience on African agriculture issues. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusions <ul><li>The future of African agriculture looks bright We are witnessing for the first a broad consensus on objectives, targets, implementation processes, and partnership principles </li></ul><ul><li>CAADP has demonstrated some positive progress, but its implementation far has fallen below expectations. Some key bottlenecks remain </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusions <ul><li>As a continental African organisation, NEPAD Secretariat has a particular comparative advantage as an independent broker in the process of improving investments effectiveness in agriculture sector, including international aid; </li></ul><ul><li>There is a strong commitment from NEPAD secretariat; we need support from all stakeholders </li></ul>