APPG Reports

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The Royal African Society with the APPG has published 11 full policy and research reports, the most recent of which is on Africa-UK Trade and Development Cooperation Relations in the Transitional and Post Brexit Period launched in February 2017.  The Government has responded to our reports in broadly the same way that Ministers respond to Select Committee reports, and some important changes in UK Government policy have followed our reccomendations.

The APPG additionally produces shorter reports based on APPG activities, for example the APPG’s submissions to Select Committee Inquiries, the most recent in February 2018 where the APPG & RAS submitted evidence to the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons and to the Trade Bill Committee based on the work on UK-Africa trade post-Brexit. Prior to that, in October 2015 the APPG submitted to the International Development Committee on the UK's response the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and in March 2016 to their Nigeria inquiry following the report from APPG Chair, Chi Onwurah MP who had recently returned from a trade mission to Nigeria.

Links to past APPG policy reports can be found at the bottom of the page. 


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

2016-2017 Annual Report

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

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

Africa APPG submission to IDC inquiry on responses to the Ebola crisis
November 2015
The Africa APPG's evidence to the International Development Committee inquiry (for more info see here) is based on the ongoing inquiry that the APPG originally started in October 2014 regarding
community led approaches to health systems strengthening and lessons from the Ebola outbreak.
The final report is in draft form and due for release in December 2015.
During a series of Africa APPG events focused on the West African Ebola crisis, it became apparent
that the initial Ebola response was undermined by and often perpetuated a culture of mistrust
between the affected communities and the response efforts from governments and partners.
Consequently, the Africa APPG commissioned a report with researchers from Polygeia, a student-run
global health think tank, to further explore the weaknesses in community engagement exposed by
the Ebola outbreak and to examine the lessons and policy implications for community engagement
in health crises and for systems strengthening.
Research was undertaken through a mixture of literature reviews, 31 written submissions in
response to a call for evidence in addition to 7 evidence gathering meetings in Parliament. A central
component of the report was evidence collected during field research commissioned to Restless
Development in Sierra Leone and PHDI in Liberia. Researchers carried out 23 qualitative interviews
with community leaders using questionnaires designed to elicit the health needs of communities.
The Africa APPG calls for DFID and the wider development and humanitarian sectors to put
community ownership at the centre of response efforts during health crises, and more broadly of
health systems, as a critical component of health systems strengthening.