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2016-17: Building on our achievements

In 2016 the Panel took advantage of the momentum created by the success of the 2015 Africa Progress Report. Our major focus was – and continues to be – on power, climate and inclusivity.

We will dedicate significant attention to supporting the implementation of ambitious new initiatives to swiftly increase energy access across Africa. This priority is aligned with the agendas of several high-level partners, including the African Development Bank, who have asked the panel to work closely with them.

To maintain the policy dialogue started by our earlier reports, we will also focus on governance and transparency, international financing, sustainable economic growth, and the management of natural resources, as well as Africa’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

2015: Charting Africa’s climate and energy opportunity

The 2015 Africa Progress Report, Power, People, Planet, explores the links between energy, climate and development in Africa. We document the risks that would come with a business-as-usual approach and highlight the opportunities for African leaders. Our conclusion? Africa can lead the world on climate-resilient, low-carbon development.

The report circulated widely among policy makers and heads of state in Africa and globally. The Panel carried out high-level advocacy for the report’s recommendations on climate and energy policy, engaging with key African leaders to encourage them to support a unified position at the Paris climate summit.

The Panel has close ties with the leaders of influential pan-African institutions, including Akinwumi Adesina, who in 2015 became president of the African Development Bank. Dr Adesina, who participated in early consultations on the 2015 Africa Progress Report, subsequently made energy the first of his top five priorities for the bank’s work.

2014: Financing Africa’s agricultural revolution

The 2014 Africa Progress Report, Grain, Fish, Money: Financing Africa’s Green and Blue Revolutions, urged African leaders to boost their agricultural and fisheries sectors, and to keep their promises to invest in agriculture, improve infrastructure and increase access to financial services, especially for smallholder farmers.

The report was discussed at high-level meetings and within civil society throughout Africa. Donald Kaberuka, then president of the African Development Bank, hailed it as a top quality, game-changing report at the bank’s annual meeting in May 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. In September 2014, the report was shared with ministers of agriculture and civil society groups during the 2014 African Green Revolution Forum in Addis Ababa.

2013: Turning the spotlight on tax and transparency

The 2013 Africa Progress Report, Equity in Extractives: Stewarding Africa’s Natural Resources for All, helped frame top-level discussions about the oil, gas and mining industry in Africa. The report recommended a series of policies aimed at achieving greater transparency, more equitable public spending, and a credible international response to tax avoidance, tax evasion, money laundering and anonymous shell companies.

Following the launch of the report in May 2013, tax and transparency issues rose higher on the international political agenda. The report’s analysis and recommendations featured at G8 and G20 summit discussions, UN Security Council briefings, and African government policy meetings. A Day of Reflection with mining company chief executives based on the report was convened at the Vatican.

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