Op-Ed: Global Governance and African Reality (Kandeh Yumkella)

thursday, 17 may 2012

There are few hotter topics on the international agenda than sustainability. The theme has been a mainstay of international conferences, and the biggest of them all — the UN’s Rio+20 conference — will begin just over a month from now. Kandeh K. Yumkella, head of UNIDO, the UN agency that promotes industrial development, explains what’s at stake for Africa.

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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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TheEconomist > from 2000 ‘Hopeless Africa’ to 2011 ‘Africa Rising’

Food for thought

A decade ago Africa was seen as the hopeless continent. Ten years later all observers are agreed that Africa is now the global growth pole. After a decade of slow growth, Africa has a real chance to follow in the footsteps of Asia.

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These two articles published respectively in 2000 and 2011 in the Economist give a clear indication on the progress made by the continent over the past decade and on the challenges ahead.

read the Economist articles @'hopeless' or @'rising'

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, during a week of events in New York in October 2011 to mark the plan’s 10th anniversary. 
Photograph: Africa Renewal / John Gillespie


‘In 10 years, NEPAD has achieved a lot’
Ibrahim Mayaki, head of Africa’s partnership initiative




In July 2001, African leaders adopted the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the road map for the continent’s development. The following year a resolution of the UN General Assembly supported NEPAD as the main channel for UN assistance to Africa. More recently, in January 2010, the NEPAD structures were fully integrated into the African Union as the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. Since its adoption a decade ago, how much has the plan achieved? In a frank, plain-talking interview, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the chief executive officer of the NEPAD Agency, responded to Africa Renewal’s André-Michel Essoungou. 
@africarenewal

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, during a week of events in New York in October 2011 to mark the plan’s 10th anniversary. 

Photograph: Africa Renewal / John Gillespie

‘In 10 years, NEPAD has achieved a lot’ Ibrahim Mayaki, head of Africa’s partnership initiative

In July 2001, African leaders adopted the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the road map for the continent’s development. The following year a resolution of the UN General Assembly supported NEPAD as the main channel for UN assistance to Africa. More recently, in January 2010, the NEPAD structures were fully integrated into the African Union as the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. Since its adoption a decade ago, how much has the plan achieved? In a frank, plain-talking interview, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the chief executive officer of the NEPAD Agency, responded to Africa Renewal’s André-Michel Essoungou. 

@africarenewal

New in Africa Renewal

24 January 2012


Social media for a social cause
Kenyans use Facebook, mobile phones and other new media tools to mobilize more than $60 million in support of drought victims.

Lesotho’s economy catches flu — from big brother’s sneeze
Lesotho is paying the price for its reliance on the South African economy. The tiny mountain kingdom is looking to mitigate the impact of big brother’s slow economic growth.

Dialing for cash: mobile transfers expand banking
In Africa, cross-border remittances by mobile phones transform banking.
NEPAD at 10 special


Interview with Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency
“Africa has two major advantages: it possesses the most important pool of natural resources and has the youngest population in the world”.

‘Peer pressure can be powerful’
Interview with Amos Sawyer, chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism.

NEPAD on the ground: concrete action in five key areas
A compendium of NEPAD’s ongoing development initiatives.
Also in this issue


Africa Wired
The latest IT news from a rapidly connecting continent.

Book review
Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Joel Beinin and Frédéric Vairely.
New in Africa Renewal

24 January 2012

Africa Renewal Magazine Feature: Social media for a social cause Social media for a social cause

Kenyans use Facebook, mobile phones and other new media tools to mobilize more than $60 million in support of drought victims.

Africa Renewal Magazine Feature: Lesothos economy catches flu  from big brothers sneeze Lesotho’s economy catches flu — from big brother’s sneeze

Lesotho is paying the price for its reliance on the South African economy. The tiny mountain kingdom is looking to mitigate the impact of big brother’s slow economic growth.

Africa Renewal Magazine Feature: Dialing for cash: mobile transfers expand banking Dialing for cash: mobile transfers expand banking

In Africa, cross-border remittances by mobile phones transform banking.

NEPAD at 10 special Africa Renewal Magazine Feature: Interview with Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency Interview with Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency

“Africa has two major advantages: it possesses the most important pool of natural resources and has the youngest population in the world”.

Africa Renewal Magazine Feature: Peer pressure can be powerful ‘Peer pressure can be powerful’

Interview with Amos Sawyer, chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism.

Africa Renewal Magazine Feature: NEPAD on the ground: Concrete action in five key areas NEPAD on the ground: concrete action in five key areas

A compendium of NEPAD’s ongoing development initiatives.

Also in this issue Africa Renewal Online Feature: Africa Wired: Latest IT news from a rapidly connecting continent Africa Wired

The latest IT news from a rapidly connecting continent.

Africa Renewal Magazine Feature: Exclusive interview with Alassane Ouattara, president of Côte dIvoire Book review

Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Joel Beinin and Frédéric Vairely.

Q&A: Africa cut out to be continent of the future
In July 2001, African leaders adopted the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), the road map for the continent’s development. Since its adoption a decade ago how much has the plan achieved? In a frank, plain-talking interview, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, chief executive of Nepad, says a lot has been achieved, contrary to what most western media claim.
Ibrahim Mayaki spoke to André-Michel Essoungou, a correspondent for the UN’s Africa Renewal Features Service.
@nepad
Q&A: Africa cut out to be continent of the future

In July 2001, African leaders adopted the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), the road map for the continent’s development. Since its adoption a decade ago how much has the plan achieved? In a frank, plain-talking interview, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, chief executive of Nepad, says a lot has been achieved, contrary to what most western media claim.

Ibrahim Mayaki spoke to André-Michel Essoungou, a correspondent for the UN’s Africa Renewal Features Service.

@nepad

CleanTechies > Top Ten Highlights of Cleantech in Africa

by Shawn Lesser 

The developing nations resting on the continent of Africa have become in recent years popular destinations for applying clean technologies, including renewable energy. Because of the excessive cost associated with transporting electricity from power plants, small-scale geothermal, wind, and solar devices haveprovided much energy to many rural and urban populations. Using renewable energy resource technologies in Africa shows a potential to relieve numerous problems many African nations face. Currently, one-third of the entire African population does not have access to electricity, and aside from major African countries, such as Egypt and South Africa, electricity is often only provided to roughly 20 percent of the population. Because energy is vital to reduce poverty and stem economic growth, it is essential that Africa look into clean technologies.

1 ) African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA). The African Renewable Energy Alliance, or AREA, is a number of utility companies, industries, policy makers, and civil society members who have all come together to boost the research, development, and use of renewable energy throughout Africa. According to Abel Didier Tella, the Secretary General of union of African utilities UPDEA, “True exchange of information on new technologies as well as workable funding mechanisms for renewable energy is exactly what is needed. By creating the alliance we expect to create an on-going exchange and to speed up renewable energy production in Africa.” Part of the declaration of AREA states, “If we fail to immediately take decisions on renewable energy production and distribution in grid connected areas as well as in off grid regions, we undermine the right of millions of African citizens to develop a better life in the future.”

2 ) General Electric (GE) Investing into East Africa. General Electric, or GE, has created a strategy to assist East Africa in obtaining renewable sources of energy. It has done a lot of investment in Kenya especially as they believe as it can be the African hub for renewable energy technologies. It has large potential for geothermal energy, as well as a strong wind corridor and high solar rations. Kenya also has a large agrarian region, making it suitable for biowaste being turned into fuel. As well, in Algiers, GE is setting up desalinization plants, and in inland cities, GE is looking into the reuse and recycling of various water resources.

3 ) Increasing Renewable Energy Investment into Africa. In 2010, for example, a number of African policy makers and business leaders met in Berlin, Germany to look at renewable energy opportunities in an effort to increase infrastructural development and employment. Emmanuel Emielu, a Chief Executive from one of these businesses stated, “We must invest in developing the entrepreneurial and skills base needed to achieve a massive diffusion of renewable energy technology…across Africa.” Emielu stressed the need of investment into Africa’s growing cleantech desires as it will create much needed employment opportunities and will prevent Africa from becoming an “importer renewable energy business men,” turning it into a dumping ground.

4 ) African Wind Energy Association. Even though a majority of Africa, which lies around the equatorial belt, has a decreased wind resource that other countries. And though, in the past, this has been a barrier, many now believe that there is potential in Africa for large scale wind development. The African Wind Energy Association was created “in order to encourage manufacturers, developer, governments, renewable energy owners, and individuals to promote and support wind energy development on the African continent…[it] aims to become an influential umbrella organization representing the wind energy sector in Africa and this assisting interaction and cooperation between all energy players.”

5 ) Geothermal Potential in Kenya. Because of its location in the Rift Valley, Kenya has potential using geothermal resources. Currently there are two power stations and one power plant producing ample megawatts of energy. It houses Africa’s largest geothermal power station.

6 ) Africa Carbon Forum. The Africa Carbon Forum is held every year with numerous World Bank specialists and business leaders who get together to create strategies for “clean development mechanism” projects for the African continent, including greenhouse gas emissions-reducing initiatives. Because Africa benefits the least out of all continents through the clean development mechanism market and has the least investments, the forum outlines the potential within the African continent to house renewable energy sources. For example, a European Commission researcher stated that just 0.3 percent of sunlight that hits the Sahara desert could supply Europe will all its current energy needs.

7 ) African Renewable Energy Technology Platform. The African Renewable Energy Technology Platform is part of the European Union Energy Initiative, an organization that focuses on energy and poverty that “raise[s] political awareness among high level decision maters of the important role energy can play in poverty reduction [and clarifies] the need for energy services for poverty reduction and sustainable development.” This platform has the aim of “[contributing] to [the understanding of] the potential for renewable energy options in Africa for increased access to electrification in rural areas.”

8 ) Growing Renewable Energy Market. As of the end of 2010, a number of wind projects were developed in North Africa and complete. There has also been an increase in the off-grid solar power market throughout Sub-Saharan Africa that is expected to advance at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of ten percent between 2009 and 2015. “Many developmental agencies consider small-scale renewable energy projects as the most feasible solution for accelerated rural electrification and therefore are increasingly investing in [Africa in] medium-sized projects, especially wind and solar,” said Energy and Power Systems Programme Manager of Frost and Sullivan Cornelis van der Waal.

9 ) Joint Action Between EU and Africa. Through the Africa-EU Energy Partnership the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme was developed to assist in helping Africa meet its 2020 renewable energy targets and bringing relevant renewable energy technologies to the African market. The overreaching goal is “to bring access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least an additional 100 million Africans by 2020.”

10 ) Decreasing Overall Reliance on Fossil Fuels. For a poor, underdeveloped continent that relies heavily on the import of fossil fuels, it has become ever more important to increase renewable energytechnologies. It will not only provide a cheaper, alternative source of energy, but it will provide more energy to more locations throughout the continent and reduce levels of poverty.

Article by Shawn Lesser, Co-founder & Managing Partner of Atlanta-based Watershed Capital Group – an investment bank assisting sustainable fund and companies raise capital, perform acquisitions, and in other strategic financial decisions. He is also a Co-founder of the GCCA Global Cleantech Cluster Association ”The Global Voice of Cleantech”. He writes for various cleantech publications and is known as the David Letterman of Cleantech for his “Top 10″ series. He can be reached at shawn@watershedcapital.com

@cleantechies

NEPAD needs You!
To find more about how you can support Africa’s development agenda visit our Careers Page on http://www.nepad.org/nepad/nepad-career
NEPAD CAREERS
Job Title: Head of Communications
Position Level: P5
Duty Station: NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Supervisor: Director: Partnerships, Resource Mobilisation and Communications
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency invites applicants who are citizens of African Union Member States for the post of Head of Communications.
Under the supervision of the Director: Partnerships, Resource Mobilisation and Communications of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) or his/her delegate, the Head of Communications will lead and facilitate the Communications Division to provide support to the organization to strengthen and enhance contacts and cooperation with African Union (AU) organs, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), bilateral and multilateral organizations, the private sector, and civil society organizations.
Applicationsmust be received not later than Monday, 05 December 2011 and should be addressed to:
Head of Human Resources
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
P O Box 1234
Halfway House
Midrand, 1685
Email:hr@nepad.org;musam@nepad.org;
Please note, should you not hear from us within six (6) weeks after the closing date, kindly consider your application to be unsuccessful.
Click here to download the English version of the announcement,
Click here for the French version.
Click here for the Portuguese version.
And here for the Arabic version.

NEPAD needs You!

To find more about how you can support Africa’s development agenda visit our Careers Page on http://www.nepad.org/nepad/nepad-career

NEPAD CAREERS

Job Title: Head of Communications

Position Level: P5

Duty Station: NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Supervisor: Director: Partnerships, Resource Mobilisation and Communications

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency invites applicants who are citizens of African Union Member States for the post of Head of Communications.

Under the supervision of the Director: Partnerships, Resource Mobilisation and Communications of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) or his/her delegate, the Head of Communications will lead and facilitate the Communications Division to provide support to the organization to strengthen and enhance contacts and cooperation with African Union (AU) organs, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), bilateral and multilateral organizations, the private sector, and civil society organizations.

Applicationsmust be received not later than Monday, 05 December 2011 and should be addressed to:

Head of Human Resources

NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

P O Box 1234

Halfway House

Midrand, 1685

Email:hr@nepad.org;musam@nepad.org;

Please note, should you not hear from us within six (6) weeks after the closing date, kindly consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Click here to download the English version of the announcement,

Click here for the French version.

Click here for the Portuguese version.

And here for the Arabic version.

NEPAD - New Partnership For Africa’s Development

Africa, home to seven of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, is set to double its gross domestic product in the next 10 years. However for the continent to achieve this, the public and private sectors will have to work according to NEPAD. 

The ABN team attended the 10th anniversary of the New Partnership for Africa’s development in Midrand last night and filed this report.

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