Development co-operation

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    The World Bank has published the 2015 rankings in its Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) report for Africa. Revised annually, the CPIA score evaluates, on a scale of 1 to 6, the capacity of a country's policies and institutions to support sustainable growth and poverty reduction. With Cape Verde and Senegal, West Africa is home to the second and third best scores in the continental ranking, after Rwanda. Read on
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    On 11 July, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), delivered his first Security Council briefing on West Africa and the Sahel since the merging of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the Office of the Special Envoy for the Sahel (OSES), establishing UNOWAS. Read on
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    Olivier Ray, head of the crises and conflicts unit at AFD, offers some courses of action in response to Boko Haram violence in this article in the Ideas for Development blog. Development aid institutions must adapt their modes of action to the challenges of the regions where they operate, as they may well impact the fragility in which terrorist movements take root. However, they are neither an alternative to military struggle against terrorism, nor an ideological response. Read on
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    To better respond to the challenges and opportunities of the new global context, Canada has launched a debate to contribute to the rethinking of its foreign aid policies and programmes. A discussion paper explores the opportunities and challenges of current Canadian co-operation. It aims to encourage debate among the Canadians and their partners to ensure that aid is delivered effectively and to those who need it most. Read on
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    West African ministers came together to outline a course of action to accelerate progress on the Great Green Wall. The First Conference of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative was held from 2-7 May in Dakar, bringing together ministers from countries north and south of the Sahara as well as their development partners. Organised by the African Union, the high-level conference follows on the COP21 climate change conference, during which the international community pledged an additional USD 4 billion in support for the Great Green Wall over the next 5 years. Read on
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    On the sidelines of the Restricted Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mr Douglas Frantz invited on 14 April 2016 a high-level delegation of West African leaders for a brief exchange on co-operation between Africa and the OECD. The delegation was composed of six West African ministers as well as regional leaders from ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and representatives of West African agricultural producers’ organisations. Read on
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    The Government of Sierra Leone, the World Bank and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) intend to better link farmers to agribusinesses. They signed a USD 55 million project to support smallholder commercialisation and agribusiness development. Under the five-year credit agreement and in line with the government’s Agenda for Prosperity, the project aims to benefit some 50 000 smallholder farmers, including 40% women and young farmers. Read on
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    The 5th CILSS Steering Committee meeting, held from 21-22 March in Lomé, provided an opportunity to take stock of current and new regional programmes implemented by CILSS and its development partners. The meeting was chaired by the newly appointed ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tchambakou Ayassor. Read on
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    In his blog post, SWAC Secretariat Director Laurent Bossard draws attention to two opposing visions of the African continent: on the one hand, the African Union's administrative organisation is based on the establishment of five major regions within which national borders freely allow production, trade and friendship to flourish between peoples; on the other, development partners and the international community tend to deal with sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa separately. Read on
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    The recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change represent a fundamental shift in the policy environment for development. Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, writes about the practical implications of this shift in a post on the OECD Insights blog. Read on

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