Max Bankole Jarrett

Max Bankole Jarrett

Millions of Africans depend on fishing. We must stop the plunder of their oceans

Millions of Africans depend on fishing. We must stop the plunder of their oceans

Millions of African citizens depend on fishing for their jobs, food and income. For years, however, Africa’s rich coastal waters have been plundered by foreign fleets, often fishing illegally. “Natural resource plunder is organized theft disguised as commerce,” according to Kofi Annan, the chair of the Africa Progress Panel (APP). “Commercial trawlers that operate under flags of convenience, and unload in ports that do not record their catch, are unethical.” The...
Lights out: poor governance and Africa’s energy crisis

Lights out: poor governance and Africa’s energy crisis

Photo credit: Solar Aid Africa is rich in resources and opportunities. In so many fields, however, the continent is yet to hit its stride, often because there is not enough political will to manage resources better and create necessary incentives. Africa's energy crisis is a prime example. Two-thirds of Africans – 620 million people – still do not have access to "affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern electricity", one of the key global development goals. Decades of neglect and...
The Launch of Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africa

The Launch of Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africa

Dear Friends, Greetings from the secretariat of the Africa Progress Panel. Welcome to our second newsletter of 2017. African leaders must to do what it takes to enhance and scale up grid power supply while accommodating renewable energy. That’s the core message of the Africa Progress Panel’s latest report Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africa, which was launched by Kofi Annan on 13 March at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan. A massive increase in on-grid,...
Change is the only constant

Change is the only constant

Greetings from the secretariat of the Africa Progress Panel (APP). Welcome to our first newsletter of 2017. It’s often said that change is the only constant. While that maxim may not suit every organisation, it’s certainly one that has driven the dynamism of the APP since its inception.
Rien n’est permanent sauf le changement

Rien n’est permanent sauf le changement

Chers amis, Le Secrétariat de l’Africa Progress Panel vous salue cordialement. Nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue dans la première édition 2017 de notre bulletin d’information. On dit souvent que rien n’est permanent sauf le changement. Bien que cette maxime ne vaille pas pour toutes les organisations, elle représente le fondement du dynamisme de l’Africa Progress Panel (APP) depuis sa création. C’est dans cet esprit que nous vous faisons part de plusieurs changements au...
Has Liberia found the way to share its forest plenty with the poor? asks Max Bankole Jarrett in the Guardian

Has Liberia found the way to share its forest plenty with the poor? asks Max Bankole Jarrett in the Guardian

The “paradox of plenty” debate tends to focus on fossil fuels and minerals. Countries that are rich in these resources are often – paradoxically – kept financially poor, with the proceeds of natural wealth largely profiting political elites, foreign companies and commodities traders, rather than being used strategically to bring whole populations out of poverty.