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 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 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

2017 inquiry on Trade with and within Africa

Our current line of inquiry looks into Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) 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 , one of which was an initial exploratory meeting on EPAs held in June 2017- minutes and audio recording are available here.  We also took an MP led delegation to Namibia and South Africa in September 2016 to  understand these countries expreiences with EPAs, in particular the level of democratic oversight and parliamentary scrutiny of these agreements.  All of these events culminated in the launch of our 2017 report on Africa-UK Trade Relations post Brexit- available here.

The report  aims to unpack the opportunities that Brexit, and the new trade policies that will arise out of it, has provided both Africa and the UK to engage in mutually beneficial and fairer trade strategies and uses Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) as the basis through which these opportunities are identified.  It consists of two parts, an essay series and a case study (informed by the aforementioned MP led delgation to Nambia and South Africa). The essay series, written by experts and stakeholders such as Dr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina from the African Development Bank, focuses on the background, political economy and post Brexit opportunities and scenarios that EPAs present. The case study seeks to understand the role that Parliament and civil society played during these countries' EPA negotiations. By using these two countries' experiences with EPAs, the delegation report is able make suggestions on factors that both the UK and Africa should take into consideration when negotiating future trade agreements.

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 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.
 

 

Submission to the IDC Inquiry on the ICAI report on DFID’s approach to anticorruption
November 2014

A submission by the Africa APPG to the International Development Select Committee's sub-committee on ICAI inquiry into ICAI’s report on DFID’s approach to anti-corruption and its impact on the poor. This report draws on Members' collective experiences and knowledge of the subject. For more information on the inquiry, please see here.

Democracy Soup - Letter from Lynne Featherstone
June 2014

DFID Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lynne Featherstone, responds to the Africa APPG's report "Democracy Soup".

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