APPG Reports

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The APPG has published 11 full policy and research reports on topics varying from Democracy in Africa to the Government’s Bilateral Aid Review, the most recent of which is on Lessons from Ebola affected communities: being prepared for future health crises launched in March 2016.  The Government has responded to our reports in broadly the same way that Ministers respond to Select Committee reports, and important changes in UK Government policy have resulted from this – for instance in the past, a quadrupling of our aid for people with HIV/Aids in Africa, a new Bribery Act and funding for Parliamentary capacity building in Africa. 

The APPG additionally produces shorter reports based on APPG activities, for example the APPG’s submissions to Select Committee Inquiries, the most recent in October 2015 on the UK's response the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and our submission in March 2016 to the Nigeria inquiry following the report from our Chair, Chi Onwurah MP who recently returned from a trade mission to Nigeria.

Links to past APPG reports can be found below. For hard copies please contact the APPG secretariat. 

 

Ongoing inquiries:

Our current line of inquiry is looking into Economic Partnership Agreements between the EU and regional economic areas in Africa. The inquiry aims to explore future trade arrangements between the UK and African countries in the post-Brexit and interim period and how arrangements can be of mutual benefit to both the UK and African development agendas. The Africa APPG has held various meetings since May 2016 on the subject and hopes to publish a report in January 2017. An initial exploratory meeting on EPAs was held in June- minutes and audio recording are available here

Inquiry Committee: Chi Onwurah MP, Lord Chidgey, Anne McLaughlin MP, Amanda Solloway MP, Lord Oates and Patrick Grady MP. 

 

Africa APPG Annual Reports (including AGM minutes and Income & Expenditure Statements):

2015-2016 Annual Report

2014-15 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report

2012-13 Annual Report 

2011-12 Annual Report

2010-11 Annual Report

2009-10 Annual Report

Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts, a 3-city tour
January 2017

 

The Royal African Society and the British Council present Africa in 2017: Prospects & Forecasts– a three city tour of panellists discussing what 2017 has in store for Africa.

As part of a new strategic partnership with the British Council, the RAS toured its flagship annual event, Prospects and Forecasts, in Edinburgh, London & Birmingham. Three different groups of expert speakers presented their insights on the political, social and cultural outlook for Africa in 2017.

The events are part of a wider strategic partnership between the British Council and the Royal African Society aimed at increasing networks, sharing knowledge and expertise and making connections between the UK and Africa.

The partnership supports four major events in in the Royal African Society’s 2017 programme, including Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts as well as two other events as part of the RAS’s annual literature and film festivals, Africa Writes and Film Africa, and a new event in partnership with the British Council focusing on digital media, entrepreneurialism and technology, in April 2017. 

Africa in 2017

Following a year that’s delivered major surprises in Africa and globally, what does 2017 hold for the African continent? Will it be a year of crises or triumphs?

In terms of elections, 2016 witnessed several major votes on the continent that mostly returned incumbent leaders to power; Ghana, which saw another transition of power, proved to be one of very few exceptions in a pattern that saw sitting presidents in the Republic of Congo, Uganda, Gabon, Zambia, Niger and more all re-elected.

Beyond Africa, the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the US election delivered further political shocks. What impact will these landmark events and uncertainty in the global system mean for Africa? What can we expect from elections scheduled for 2017 in the likes of Angola, Rwanda, Liberia and Kenya?

Economically, the fall in commodity prices continued to hit major economies, in particular Nigeria, while South Africa, again the continent’s largest economy, remains mired in political turmoil and seems unable to tackle declining economic output and rising unemployment. What impact will commodity prices, an uncertain global economic outlook, and China's continued slowdown have on Africa?

Across the continent, vibrant political and social movements emerged, largely driven by Africa’s rising young populations. This demographic also makes up the majority of migrants leaving the continent as well as much of the force behind Africa’s rising prominence in global cultural production in fields as diverse as film, art and music. How are these creative sectors growing and innovating? What impact will these social, cultural and political movements have in 2017?

Edinburgh - Tuesday 10th January 2017

Speakers: Professor Paul Nugent, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh; Dr Kate Wright, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh; Dr Njoki Ngumi, Maker and Member of the Nest Collective / Learning, Development, Monitoring and Research at HEVA Fund, Kenya; Jane Salmonson, NIDOS (Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland) Chair: Dr Barbara Bompani, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

Presented in partnership with the International Office and the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, and SBI, University of Edinburgh Business School
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London - Wednesday 11th January 2017

Speakers: Patrick Smith, Chief Editor, The Africa Report & Editor, Africa Confidential; Razia Khan, Head of Africa Research, Standard Chartered; Dr Njoki Ngumi, Maker and Member of the Nest Collective / Learning, Development, Monitoring and Research at HEVA Fund, Kenya; Professor Chuks Okereke, Environment and Development, University of Reading Chair: Zeinab Badawi, Broadcaster & chair of the RAS
Presented in partnership with the Centre of African Studies, University of London
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Birmingham - Monday 16th January

Speakers: Dr Njoki Ngumi (Maker and Member of the Nest Collective / Learning, Development, Monitoring and Research at HEVA Fund, Kenya) Professor Nic Cheeseman (International Development Department, University of Birmingham) Professor Franklyn Lisk (Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick) & Eliza Anyangwe (Writer & Founder of The Nzinga Effect). Chairs: Dr Kate Skinner & Dr Maxim Bolt (Department for African Studies and Anthropology, UoB)

Presented in partnership with the Department of African Studies and Anthropology and the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham
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Lessons from Ebola affected communities: being prepared for future health crises.
March 2016

At Westminster between October 2014 and May 2015 the Africa APPG held a series of panel discussions on the international Ebola response in West Africa. Panellists who had worked in Ebola-affected communities stressed repeatedly that the response was being hindered by a fear and a lack of trust between national actors, international actors and affected communities.  Consequently, the Africa APPG together with Polygeia launched an inquiry into attempts to engage the affected communities in the response.

The inquiry received 31 written submissions and held numerous evidence gathering meetings. To ensure the voices of affected communities were represented in the report, 23 key informants were interviewed. In Sierra Leone these were conducted by Restless Development and in Liberia by the Public Health and Development Imitative in Liberia.

The chief finding is that efforts to curb the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa were most effective when local leaders of affected communities led the demand for assistance from their governments and the international actors and played an essential leadership role in the management of that assistance.

The chief recommendation is that the UK government and non-governmental organisations should give higher priority to community ownership of health. This would strengthen local health systems and enable them to respond more effectively to a crisis.

Report on trade mission to Nigeria from Chair
February 2016

An informal report from Africa APPG Chair following a trade mission to Nigeria in February 2016. This report was also submitted from the Africa APPG to the International Development Committee as written evidence to the inquiry into DFID's programme in Nigeria

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