The Africa Progress Panel promotes Africa's development by tracking progress, drawing attention to opportunities and catalyzing action.
What we want to achieve
- Centrality of African issues at G20, G8, EU and other meetings
- Action following recommendations in our Annual Report and Progress Briefs
- Focus on mutual accountability between African leaders and its International partners
- Awareness of the APP among G8/OECD and African Heads of State, multi‐ and bilateral organizations, policy institutes
How we do it
The APP’s added value is in drawing upon first class research and using the Panel members’ reach to:
- Track progress by highlighting good practices and positive change in Africa that have led to sustained development across the region.
- Monitor the role of Africa’s trading, donor and investment partners in supporting the continent’s progress.
- Support African initiatives driving social, economic and/or political progress on the continent whether it is brought about by African leaders, institutions or international partners.
- Identify key areas for the continent’s development such as south‐south partnerships, climate change, maternal health, infrastructure, technology or regional integration
- The APP Chair and Panel members in various combinations have intervened publicly or discreetly prior to meetings critical to Africa (see overleaf) including G8, G20, COP15 and IMF/World Bank conferences.
- The Chair and Panel members have drawn attention through the media, in speeches and by other public means to pressing issues including the impact of the financial/economic crisis in Africa; Africa’s representation in global fora; climate change; increasing Africa’s access to development finance; ODA levels, etc.
- The Secretariat has generated policy briefs, information notes, statements and other material to support Panel member activities and voice.
- The Secretariat produces a fortnightly Bulletin that now reaches over 1000 influential people in or engaged with Africa. The bulletin captures and monitors Africa’s main development news including the activities of Africa’s partners, the G8/G20 and multilateral and UN organizations.
- The APP issues an Annual Report that is widely disseminated in Africa and beyond.
- Panel members and the Secretariat facilitate, co‐sponsor and participate in a wide variety of conferences, meetings and initiatives that are relevant to Africa’s development (e.g. Africa Union Commission, Club de Madrid, Financing for Development, UN conferences, etc.)
- The Secretariat disseminates the work of the Panel members through a number of communication channels including websites and social media platforms (e.g. Facebook).
- In the past 18 months, a total of 82 Op‐Eds in five languages from Panel members were placed in high‐circulation newspapers across Africa, US, Europe and Asia.
- The APP has achieved extensive print, broadcast and web coverage of the Panel Members’ work including interviews, feature reports and opinion pieces.
How we are doing
The nature of the Africa Progress Panel’s work is such that measuring success is not easy; discreet interventions by the Chair and individual Panel members in many cases will not become public knowledge. There are a number of areas where the APP’s work has been highly visible, notably through the media coverage of its publications. However, the Panel’s influence in part will depend upon successful partnership with other actors to catalyse progress, and therefore it is difficult to ascribe specific outcomes to the work of the Africa Progress Panel.