The Africa Progress Panel (APP) consists of ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa. Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel laureate, chairs the APP and is closely involved in its day-to-day work.

The life experiences of Panel members give them a formidable capability to access a wide cross-section of society including at the highest levels in Africa and across the globe. As a result, the Panel functions in a unique policy space with the ability to target decision-making audiences, including African and other world leaders, heads of state, leaders of industry, plus a broad range of stakeholders at the global, regional, and national levels.

The Panel facilitates coalition building to leverage and broker knowledge, and convene decision-makers to influence policy and create change for Africa. The Panel has extensive networks of policy analysts across Africa. By bringing together experts with a focus on Africa, the APP contributes to generating evidence-based policies.

Our impact

The 2013 Africa Progress Report helped frame top-level discussions around the extractives industry in Africa. Africa’s oil, gas, and mining sectors offer tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people, but – despite the high growth – the benefits of this natural resource wealth has not reached nearly enough people. This infographic outlines the APP’s contributions and subsequent policy developments.


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