Cameroon coffee sector

As a gauge of its importance to the nation, the Cameroon coffee sector provides close to 4 million jobs across its domestic value chain. The vast majority of those jobs are in the rural heartland. That means coffee farming is an eminently rural development endeavour. Coffee growers also happen to fall within the poorest . . . → Read More: Cameroon coffee sector

European report on development 2015

This Report addresses ‘combining finance and policies to implement a transformative post-2015 development agenda’. The experience of pursuing the MDGs has provided lessons in terms of countries’ successes and failures that can be applied to using finance and policies to achieve a post-2015 development agenda. This Report draws out some of the lessons that . . . → Read More: European report on development 2015

Rapport Européen sur le développement 2015

Le rapport traite de comment «Associer le financement et les politiques pour mettre en œuvre un programme de développement post-2015 porteur de changement». L’expérience acquise dans le cadre des OMD a permis de tirer des enseignements en termes de réussites et d’échecs nationaux qui peuvent s’appliquer à l’utilisation du financement et des politiques permettant . . . → Read More: Rapport Européen sur le développement 2015

New multilateral development banks

The recently announced creation of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) represents a major shift in the global finance architecture. Several emerging economies now have the confidence and financial wherewithal to create new multilateral development banks (MDBs) outside the Bretton Woods system that has dominated the decades . . . → Read More: New multilateral development banks

Partnering for impacts

Partnerships are vital if we are to make the greatest possible impact on development.This is why the whole global community – governments, businesses, emerging and developing nations, civil society – needs to agree a new partnership to work together and unite behind the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and work together to achieve them. . . . . → Read More: Partnering for impacts

EU citizens’ views on development, cooperation and aid

The European Union (EU) and its 28 Member States together remain the world’s biggest aid donor: In 2013 they provided €56.5 billion in official development assistance – more than half of global official aid. The EU has long been a driving force for international cooperation, not only in providing financial support but also in . . . → Read More: EU citizens’ views on development, cooperation and aid

We have made no progress on corruption

Despite significant investment in anti-corruption work over the past 15 years, most systemically corrupt countries are considered to be just as corrupt now as they were before the anti-corruption interventions. A growing number of authors argue that anti-corruption efforts have not worked because they are based on inadequate theory, suggesting that collective action theory . . . → Read More: We have made no progress on corruption

Farm radio international

In 2011, Farm Radio International (FRI) launched the African Rural Radio Program Analysis (ARRPA) project. ARRPA is the first study of its kind. For donors, radio practitioners and organizations who wish to partner with radio stations in sub-Saharan Africa, ARRPA’s detailed findings and analysis provide a comprehensive picture of the often challenging conditions in . . . → Read More: Farm radio international

African regional integration

The theme of the African Development Report 2014, “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth,” recognizes that regional integration is not an end in itself, but rather a tool for enhancing economic growth and fostering inclusion – within and between countries. After decades of relative stagnation, Africa has shown a steady upward improvement in performance in . . . → Read More: African regional integration

What is Brazil really doing in Africa?

Brazilian trade to the continent expanded from $4.3 billion in 2000 to $28.5 billion in 2013.But what is really driving Brazilian engagement in the region?  . . . → Read More: What Is Brazil Really Doing in Africa   (PDF – 112Kb)

Division à l’intégration de l’Afrique

« Il ne s’agit évidemment pas de nier l’Histoire, mais de montrer comment, depuis les indépendances des pays africains autour de l’année 1960 et en fonction des progrès dans l’unification de l’Europe, celle-ci a contribué à corriger les méfaits de la division arbitraire de l’Afrique, commis pendant la période coloniale au gré des jeux . . . → Read More: Division à l’intégration de l’Afrique

Africa capacity report 2014

The Africa Capacity Report 2014 was prepared by a core team led by the Knowledge, Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the African Capacity Building Foundation, under the overall guidance of the ACBF Executive Secretary Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie and with the support of and contributions from all other departments of the Foundation. . . . → . . . → Read More: Africa capacity report 2014

UN SG synthesis report

The year 2015 offers a unique opportunity for global leaders and people to end poverty, transform the world to better meet human needs and the necessities of economic transformation, while protecting our environment, ensuring peace and realizing human rights. . . . → Read More:  UN SG synthesis report  (PDF – 745Kb)

CGIAR annual report featuring climate-smart agriculture

In 2013, CGIAR’s progress was marked by significant programmatic success, financial milestones and systemic developments to improve the efficiency, efficacy and impact of its research. The section of this report  entitled “Scientific Progress” highlights some of the steps forward in scientific research for development from our CGIAR Research Programs, and provides links to more . . . → Read More: CGIAR annual report featuring climate-smart agriculture

Can the green climate fund change the game on climate finance?

U.S. one dollar bills blow near the Andalusian capital of Seville in this photo illustration taken on November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo.  . . . → Read More:  Can the Green Climate Fund change the game on climate finance  (PDF – 138Kb)

Africa and mega-trade deals

In the last two decades, negotiations to advance rules on international trade at the multilateral level, notably through the World Trade Organization (WTO), have become extremely difficult. There are several reasons for that:  . . . → Read More:  Africa and mega-trade deals  (PDF – 1,066Kb)

Working the land and the data

“We’ve seen a big uptick in the productivity of larger farms,” said David Schimmelpfennig, an economist at the Agriculture Department. “It’s not that smaller farms are less productive, but the big ones can afford these technology investments.” . . . → Read More:  Working the Land and the Data   (PDF –273 Kb).

Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods

We, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, having met at our Twenty Third Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 26-27 June 2014, on the Theme of the African Year of Agriculture and Food Security: “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods through Harnessing . . . → Read More: Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods

Reducing post-harvest losses in mango in South Asia

India is the largest producer of mango fruits (21.54 million tons) contributing 69% of global production (31.25 million tons) (Sekhar et al., 2013). In Sri Lanka, mango production is approximately 90,000 tons, constituting 15% of the total fruit bowl of the country. While fruit production in South Asia is globally competitive, the region is . . . → Read More: Reducing post-harvest losses in mango in South Asia

Mega’ public–private partnerships in African agriculture

After decades of under investment in agriculture, African governments are rightly looking at how best to mobilize funding for the sector. Donors in turn are keen to reverse a trend of neglect and to support initiatives that are simultaneously likely to enhance productivity, improve livelihoods and increase private sector investment. Private investors, concurrently, are . . . → Read More: Mega’ public–private partnerships in African agriculture