[Dateline: New York | Author: Officer of the Special Adviser for Africa]
Three of the key regional and international organizations engaged in accelerating and supporting Africa’s economic blueprint, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), have themselves forged a new partnership .
The three agencies, the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Union NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (AU-NPCA) and the developed countries’ Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), announced on 11 October that they have agreed to coordinate their analytical and research capabilities to produce better integrated and more effective analyses of economic and social development for African policymakers and their global partners.
The new alliance, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Special Adviser on Africa, said at the launch, would be “action oriented” and produce more useful information to African development planners by harnessing the specialized strengths of each of the three agencies.
Joining Mr. Diarra at the Monday launch, NEPAD Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Assane Mayaki described the interagency agreement as “a genuine and constructive partnership” that would produce “quality outcomes” for governments, the private sector and donors.
Eckhard Deutscher, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which coordinates and monitors OECD member states’ development aid programmes, said that closer cooperation among the agencies was a step towards better economic governance. The partnership would also serve as a discussion forum for decision-makers and a vehicle for future cooperation on African development. ”This partnership is about results for development,” said Mr. Deutcher.
An early product of the partnership, a report on Economic Diversification in Africa: A Review of Selected Countries prepared jointly by OSAA, the OECD and NEPAD, was released at the launch and the ensuing press briefing. Under-Secretary-General Diarra also introduced a series of succinct policy briefs on official development assistance, external debt, foreign direct investment and infrastructure, and noted that further jointly produced research and analyses were “in the pipeline” and would become available in the weeks and months ahead.
A video broadcast of the 11 October press briefing is available at: http://bit.ly/9lXBRN .
The report and policy briefs on Africa are available at: http://www.un.org/africa/osaa/OSAA_NEPAD_OECD_partnership.html .