NEPAD/UNDP Africa Strengthen their Collaboration

11 Oct 2011

On 11 October, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa and the NEPAD Planning Agency (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their relationship toward a more strategic partnership. Their eight thematic areas of collaboration include: Development policy and strategy; governance; capacity development; South-South cooperation and aid effectiveness, knowledge management; environment and climate change; trade ; and gender equity and women’s empowerment.

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Agency and Tegegnework Gettu, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa, signed the MoU at UNDP Headquarters in New York. Mr. Mayaki described the partnership as an important opportunity to “make a difference”, providing the example of South Sudan where UNDP and the NEPAD agency have specifically been asked to support the capacities of the new government. Mr. Gettu said it was important for the partners to share knowledge on Africa’s economic prospects and development challenges. He added that together, the parties could provide high-quality policy advice to decision-makers across the continent.

An economic development programme of the African Union, NEPAD aims to provide an overarching vision and policy framework for accelerating economic co-operation and integration among African countries. UNDP has been working with the institution to support the African Peer Review Mechanism, through which African countries monitor each other’s compliance with a wide range of African and international human rights treaties and standards. Recently, UNDP worked with NEPAD to help African representatives formulate, for the first time, a common African position on aid effectiveness. The position will contribute to discussions during the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea.