Message from the CEO

Greetings! Welcome to the first edition of the new NEPAD Newsletter, INDABA. Indaba is a word in the Bantu dialect, which is spoken in most parts of east, central and southern Africa. It means news or fresh information, and also refers to a council at which indigenous people meet to discuss important issues. With this in mind, our monthly newsletter aims to bring the latest NEPAD news, stories and developments to our readers. You will find this edition enlightening, informative and relevant. In this publication, we focus on the 19th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as highlight NEPAD’s key engagements prior to the Summit. We also showcase the impact of our programmes and share some rich traditional aspects of Africa.
I trust that you will find INDABA useful and will enjoy reading it. Kind regards, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki 
NEPAD Indaba: a monthly newsletter of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency In this issue Postcard from Addis by Maureen Nkandu …. read full story»> NEPAD @ AU Summit in Pictures …. read full story»> CEO’s quick bits on the AU Summit …. read full story»> Call for Private-Public sector to boost Africa’s Infrastructure …. read full story»> NEPAD at Rio+20 …. read full story»> Tribute to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, new AUC Chairperson …. read full story»> If you were President for a day, what would you tell fellow heads of state at the Summit? …. read full story»>Mayaki acknowledges UNECA’s support for NEPAD Agency …. read full story»>NEPAD/ECOWAS agreement to empower rural women …. read full story»>Quick facts on NEPAD …. read full story»>Youth on development …. read full story»>Curiozo… on the AU Summit …. read full story»>
Message from the CEO


ceo

Greetings!
Welcome to the first edition of the new NEPAD Newsletter, INDABA.

Indaba is a word in the Bantu dialect, which is spoken in most parts of east, central and southern Africa. It means news or fresh information, and also refers to a council at which indigenous people meet to discuss important issues.

With this in mind, our monthly newsletter aims to bring the latest NEPAD news, stories and developments to our readers.

You will find this edition enlightening, informative and relevant. In this publication, we focus on the 19th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as highlight NEPAD’s key engagements prior to the Summit. We also showcase the impact of our programmes and share some rich traditional aspects of Africa.

I trust that you will find INDABA useful and will enjoy reading it.

Kind regards,
Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki 

NEPAD Indaba: a monthly newsletter of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

In this issue

Postcard from Addis by Maureen Nkandu …. read full story»>
NEPAD @ AU Summit in Pictures …. read full story»>
CEO’s quick bits on the AU Summit …. read full story»>
Call for Private-Public sector to boost Africa’s Infrastructure …. read full story»>
NEPAD at Rio+20 …. read full story»>
Tribute to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, new AUC Chairperson …. read full story»>
If you were President for a day, what would you tell fellow heads of state at the Summit? …. read full story»>
Mayaki acknowledges UNECA’s support for NEPAD Agency …. read full story»>
NEPAD/ECOWAS agreement to empower rural women …. read full story»>
Quick facts on NEPAD …. read full story»>
Youth on development …. read full story»>
Curiozo… on the AU Summit …. read full story»>

RCM Africa Newsletter first edition, Vol 1 Issue1, July - Sep 2012 
It is with great pleasure that we present the inaugural edition of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM-Africa) quarterly newsletter. We hope that this will be the beginning of a series of constructive and fruitful exchanges that will bring Clusters closer together and be a forum to share information, ideas, good practices and concerns.
We would like to thank everyone who provided inputs and if there are any issues you would like to see in future editions of this newsletter please let us know.
We hope you enjoy this newsletter.
Your messages can be sent to rcmafrica@uneca.org

RCM Africa Newsletter first edition, Vol 1 Issue1, July - Sep 2012 

It is with great pleasure that we present the inaugural edition of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM-Africa) quarterly newsletter. We hope that this will be the beginning of a series of constructive and fruitful exchanges that will bring Clusters closer together and be a forum to share information, ideas, good practices and concerns.

We would like to thank everyone who provided inputs and if there are any issues you would like to see in future editions of this newsletter please let us know.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter.

Your messages can be sent to rcmafrica@uneca.org

ECREEE and Partners Receive Grant for Dry Concentrating Solar Power Project
In the framework of the African Union Commission Research Grants Open Call for Proposals - 2011, the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with l’Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et l’Environnement (2iE) from Burkina Faso, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from Ghana and SIREA-ENERGIE (SIREA) from France, have been awarded a grant for a research project entitled: Development of a Cost-effective, modular and Dry Concentrating Solar Power for Africa: Design and Test of Components.
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ECREEE and Partners Receive Grant for Dry Concentrating Solar Power Project

In the framework of the African Union Commission Research Grants Open Call for Proposals - 2011, the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with l’Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et l’Environnement (2iE) from Burkina Faso, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from Ghana and SIREA-ENERGIE (SIREA) from France, have been awarded a grant for a research project entitled: Development of a Cost-effective, modular and Dry Concentrating Solar Power for Africa: Design and Test of Components.

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ATELIER DE SENSIBILISATION DES MEDIAS SUR LES PROGRAMMES ET PROJETS DE L’UA/NEPAD

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE CONJOINT N.05/2012

ATELIER DE SENSIBILISATION DES MEDIAS SUR LES PROGRAMMES ET PROJETS DE L’UA/NEPAD

 

« Un partenariat média pour la vulgarisation des programmes de l’UA/NEPAD »

 

Addis Abeba, 27 mars 2012- Le Programme Détaillé pour le Développement de l’Agriculture de l’Afrique (PDDA), le Programme Genre, l’initiative des e-Ecoles sont autant d’activités stratégiques déployées par l’Agence de Planification et de Coordination du Nouveau Partenariat pour le Développement de l’Afrique (Agence du NEPAD) mais qui restent hélas méconnus du public.

Pour leur donner plus de visibilité et associer les médias à leur mise en œuvre, le NEPAD, en partenariat avec la Commission de l’Union Africaine (CUA) et le Centre Technique de Coopération Agricole et Rurale (CTA) ont organisé, le 27 Mars 2012, au Nouveau Centre de Conférence de l’Union Africaine, un atelier de sensibilisation des médias sur les programmes de l’UA/NEPAD. 

Les deux sessions à l’ordre du jour portaient sur les programmes et projets du NEPAD et la seconde sur les moyens de renforcer la visibilité et l’impact du NEPAD à travers des partenariats et des interventions de communication. Cet atelier survient à la veille du congrès et colloque célébrant le 10ème anniversaire du NEPAD à Addis Abeba le 28 mars.

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Secrétaire Exécutif du NEPAD a insisté sur le rôle crucial des médias dans la mise en œuvre de ses programmes. Lesquels programmes ont besoin d’appropriation de la part des africains, de la mobilisation des partenariats tant aux niveaux national, régional qu’international et d’un leadership proactif.

C’est aux fins de faire comprendre ces messages-clés et mieux se faire comprendre que l’Agence du NEPAD tient maintenant à faire des médias, des partenaires privilégiés. Le NEPAD envisage ainsi, un partenariat à long terme pour une dissémination efficace de l’actualité du NEPAD.

Mme. Habiba  Mejri-Cheikh, Directrice de l’Information et de la Communication de la CUA, dans son allocution d’ouverture a rappelé l’objectif de l’atelier tout en précisant sa pertinence « d’impliquer les médias dans les activités de développement de l’Union africaine dans son ensemble et ceux du NEPAD, plus particulièrement et évaluer l’impact de ces projets sur la qualité de vie des africains ». Elle a, par ailleurs, exprimé sa satisfaction et son désir de voir ce type de collaboration se répéter.

Plus d’une trentaine de journalistes ont pris part à cet atelier média destiné à les sensibiliser sur la meilleure façon de rendre compte des programmes de l’UA/NEPAD où figure en bonne place l’agriculture.

L’agriculture qui interpelle à juste titre, Mr. Michael Hailu, Directeur du CTA, pour qui, ce secteur est affecté par les changements climatiques et implique les questions de technologies, d’entrepreneuriat, d’accès à l’information économique ainsi que les questions de commerce.

Un secteur qui a besoin des médias pour diffuser l’innovation, les expériences réussies et informer les gouvernements afin qu’ils élaborent les politiques adéquates. Autant de raisons pour lesquelles, les médias doivent être la vitrine de la dynamique du monde agricole.

Lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture, un protocole d’entente a été signé entre le NEPAD et le Programme Commun des Nations Unies sur le VIH/SIDA (ONUSIDA) par Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki et M. Michel Sidibé, Secrétaire exécutif de l’ONUSIDA. A travers ce protocole les deux agences s’engagent, entre autres, à soutenir le développement d’une position commune de l’Afrique dans la réponse au SIDA, le financement durable de la réponse, la facilitation de la conception de politiques et partenariats pour éliminer les nouvelles infections chez les enfants et à augmenter l’appropriation des pays et la transparence.

L’atelier media intervient en marge du Congrès-Colloque du NEPAD qui se tiendra le 28 mars 2012 sous le thème : « La Décennie du Changement de l’Afrique : Accélérer la mise en œuvre des Programmes du NEPAD à travers les financements intérieurs ».

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Accelerating NEPAD implementation through domestic financing

Midrand, South Africa 16 March, 22012- The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the technical arm of the African Union, will on March 28 organise a one-day colloquium and congress in Addis Ababa to brainstorm on the future of NEPAD and Africa’s development.

The event, whose theme is: “Africa’s decade of change: accelerating NEPAD implementation through domestic financing”, will be declared open by the Ethiopian Prime Minister and Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee, Mr. Meles Zenawi, and the AU Commission Chairperson, Mr. Jean Ping. 

African Heads of State, ministers, diplomats and representatives of international organisations and development partners are expected to participate in the forum. Africans from the Diaspora, scholars, civil society activists, youths and women leaders have also been invited.

 The event, taking place at the new AU Conference Centre in the Ethiopian capital, will be graced by former African Heads of State including Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo and Ghana’s Jerry Rawlings.

Topics lined up for discussion include:

1. Contextualizing NEPAD within Continental and global geo-political order

- Is the 2001 NEPAD vision relevant for today and future development undertakings?

2. Improving Governance - Quality African Leadership and Ownership

- State building in Africa - Role of the Developmental State, Youth and Women

3. Mobilizing domestic resources to finance Africa’s development

- Moving Africa beyond Aid - Partnerships for Development Effectiveness

- Agriculture & Food Security and Infrastructure – Catalysts for regional integration

4. Natural resource governance and advancing sustainable development

- Innovation for Private Sector Investments, Inclusive Growth, Jobs & Wealth Creation

5. Africa by 2050

- A transformed Continent!

The event is being jointly organised by the AUC and the NEPAD Agency’s key partners. These include: the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation in the Netherlands (ACP-UE/CTA), the German International Cooperation (GIZ)

Journalists are invited to cover the NEPAD Congress and Colloquium on 28 March 2012.

For Further Information consult the following websites: www.au.int / www.nepad.org /

Interview requests should be addressed to Mr. Gilles Eric Foadey, OIC Communication, Tel +27 83 555 9696; email erickf@nepad.orgMrs. Esther Azaa Tankou, Directorate of Information and Communication, Tel. +251 911 3611 85, e-mail: yamboue@africa-union.org