ONE and Africa Progress Panel reports published

To mark Africa Day today, both ONE and the Africa Progress Panel have published their reports on progress in Africa.

The ONE report focuses on whether the G8 have followed through on the commitments they made to Africa in 2005. The APP looks at African governments’, as well as international, commitments.

ONE celebrates “historic increases in effective aid flows to Africa, which have supported African efforts to deliver life-saving results in health and dramatic progress in education” and progress on debt cancellation, but berates some countries for failing to deliver increased aid and the collective failure on reform international trade.

The world’s appetite for Africa’s own resources – such as oil, diamonds and other minerals – has reached new heights in recent years and fuelled rapid economic growth. This growth has been damaged by the international economic crisis but as noted yesterday at the Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank, Africa is recovering. The APP calls upon African governments to ensure that the proceeds of the “scramble” for Africa’s resources deliver real benefits for ordinary Africans. It also calls on African leaders to ‘climate proof’ their development strategies and to recognise the vital role women will play Africa’s future, while developed countries must deliver on their existing commitments and ensure that their policies are coherent.

Both reports are a rich source of data and analysis. The Commission will draw upon them in developing its own report later this year.

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