Our impact

2014

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The 2014 Africa Progress Report – Grain, Fish, Money – urges African leaders to boost their agricultural and fisheries sectors. With global food demand set to double by 2050, Africa has the opportunity to export to other continents. It can feed not justitself but other regions too. And with two thirds of Africa’s population dependent on agriculture and fisheries for their livelihoods, these sectors have a major role to play not just in the reduction of poverty and inequality, but in bringing business to millions of smallholder farmers throughout the continent.

Productivity can — and must — double within five years, the report says. But for this to happen, governments must keep their promises to invest in agriculture, improve infrastructure, and increase access to financial services, especially for smallholder farmers.

The report also demands an end to the plunder of Africa’s timber and fisheries. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing costs West Africa alone an estimated US$1.3 billion per year, robbing the region also of livelihoods and protein.

The report has been discussed at high level public meetings across the globe. In addition, the report’s recommendations have been shared through a series of discreet interventions with heads of state, leaders in the private sector, and global influencers too.

By raising the issues higher up the political agenda, the Africa Progress Panel helps build a groundswell of voices across Africa and the globe to demand more and better from their leaders.

To find out more, view and download the infographic below, which outlines the APP’s contributions to top-level discussions and subsequent policy developments.

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2013

snake2013_coverTax and transparency issues rose even higher on the international political agenda in 2013, after the launch on May 10th by Kofi Annan of the 2013 Africa Progress Report: “Equity in Extractives: Stewarding Africa’s natural resources for all”.

Africa’s oil, gas, and mining offer opportunity to improve the lives of millions, but – despite impressive headline growth – the continent’s natural resource wealth had not benefitted nearly enough people, the report said.

Written for the international community, African governments, and multinational business alike, the report recommended a series of policies linked to more transparency, equitable public spending, and a credible international response to tax avoidance and evasion as well as money laundering and anonymous shell companies.

The report contributed to G8 Summit discussions on tax and transparency, UN Security Council briefings, G20 meetings, African government policy, and even a day of reflection based on the report at the Vatican with mining CEOs.

Since the report’s launch, several G8 countries have committed to new legislation on transparency in the extractives sector, the G20 has pushed ahead on international tax reform, many African countries have increased transparency of their mining sectors, and the European Union has accelerated its efforts against anonymous shell companies. Forward-looking mining companies have also committed to increase transparency, making public tax payments and other financial details.

To find out more, view and download the infographic below, which outlines the APP’s contributions to top-level discussions and subsequent policy developments.

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