What the Commission for Africa said about international organisations

In the final chapter, Making it Happen, the Commission for Africa’s report outlines what action must be taken to prevent its recommendations continuing the legacy of  ‘yawning gulfs between commitments and delivery’ in Africa.

The chapter argues that political will is key to Africa’s development and that international partners must now deliver on promises made by timetabling a clear programme of action to ensure results in the continent.

Above all, the report argues that Africa’s development must be shaped and led by Africans themselves, whilst being supported by strong and credible partnerships with the rest of the world.

To enable this, the report calls for some fundamental reforms to the way the business of development is done by some of the major international development institutions.

The report calls for the World Bank and IMF give a greater voice to African countries by strengthening African representation on their Executive boards. This would not only allow African nations to exert a stronger voice and influence in such forums but also help improve their accountability.

It also recommends that these global finance institutions, along with the World Trade Organisation, now give greater priority to Africa to accelerate its development.

Regarding the United Nations, the report argues for greater African representation on the UN Security Council. Currently, no African nation holds a permanent seat. Changing this would result in a strengthening of the world’s focus on Africa and help the UN to become more responsive in the continent.

The report concludes by calling for a comprehensive and independent monitoring mechanism to be set up. This would report on action and progress against the report’s recommendations by measuring donor performance against clear, time-bound and quantifiable commitments.

Our forthcoming report is part of the process of promoting action on commitments and will examine what progress has been made on these and other recommendations made by the Commission for Africa.

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