• A view from Gambia

    Earlier this month I had the privilege to address a Ministerial Cabinet retreat of The Gambia. Some of you might recall that The Gambia was embroiled in a serious political impass between December 2016 and January 2017, and as you may remember the then president conceded defeat then changed his mind. Such an action if […]

  • Africa poised for greatness — but governments must act fast

    I am sharing an excellent article from Carlos Lopes on how Africa is underestimated : Conventional wisdom tells us that the Chinese are buying up Africa faster than any other investors. It tells us that African banking lags in terms of innovation and reliability and that no African country is at the forefront of global […]

  • African states and climate disruptions

    Every region in the world is affected by climate change but Africa is still the most exposed continent. According to the 2015 climate change vulnerability index, seven of the ten countries that are under the highest threat, are located in Africa. It is an unfair and ironic situation considering that the African continent only plays […]

  • International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda 7 April 2017

    In making strides towards the goal of transforming our continent into “The Africa We Want” – a peaceful, strong and united Africa, reflection on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda reminds us that we cannot take our peace and security for granted. Current and past events in African and around the world, as evidenced by the […]

  • World Water Day : 22 March 2017

    The critical importance of water in daily living cannot be overemphasised. World Water Day, an international day that celebrates freshwater, was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. In Agenda 2063, Africa’s 50 year development strategy, Africans expressed in Aspiration number 1, the desire to see “a prosperous Africa based on […]

  • The farmer, an entrepreneur like any other

    African agriculture is no longer a traditional way of life, it is a business. And like any other, it will grow, through investment and access to markets. The African farmer, like any other entrepreneur, and perhaps even more so, needs to take into account the uncertain nature of business. The farmer will be at the […]

  • Unleashing the potential of the private sector – whereby the informal economy traces the way forward

    In every African neighbourhood, in every family almost, there is an entrepreneur with a side business who seeks funding from a tontine. Africa has more than 50 million micro small and medium businesses which contribute 33 % of the continent’s GDP . Today, the informal sector in Africa is not just a label, it is an […]

  • Why it is important to ensure access to water and sanitation for all?

    Today, the figures are still horrific: 663 million people do not have reasonable access to safe drinking water and nearly 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services (toilets or latrines). Besides, 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases. The impact of these figures is devastating to health and quality of […]

  • NEPAD Annual Report

    The NEPAD Annual Report 2016 is now available here. This Report highlights some of the work we did during the past year and our projects for the years to come. I invite you to take a look at it. Your suggestions and comments are welcome on that blog. I will definitely answer all of your questions […]

  • “Grow Africa”: NEPAD’s winning formula for agriculture in Africa

    While farming across the continent remains precarious with variable weather, little irrigated land and the unpredictability of climate change, things are improving rapidly in the agricultural sector in Africa. In the last 5 years, grain production has tripled or more in Ethiopia, Mali and Zambia, with a real success story in Rwanda. Coordinated efforts at […]