APPG Reports

Image: Photo of Africa APPG past reports

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

Report on Africa APPG Visit to EU Headquarters in Brussels
March 2012

This is a report following on from the Africa APPG's  visit to Brussels in January to investigate the political relationship between Africa and the EU.  Nine Parliamentarians, as well as RAS Director Richard Dowden and APPG Coordinator Victoria Crawford, met MEPs and African Ambassadors at the European Parliament, and other high ranking officials at the European Commission, External Action Service.The report of the visit included a number of key questions for future consideration, and we were pleased to be able to share this with the House of Lords EU sub-Committee on External Affairs, which is conducting an inquiry on a similar topic.  The APPG has hosted a couple of follow-up meetings to this visit, including a roundtable for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with Nick Westcott, EU Managing Director for Africa. We plan to follow the visit to the EU with a visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa in 2013. 

DFID's Aid Priorities and Africa
January 2012

The Africa All Party Parliamentary Group report on the Department for International Development's aid priorities. The report  analyses the Government’s Bilateral Aid Review (BAR) published in 2011, which led the Department for International Development (DFID) to reduce the number of countries it operates in from 43 in 2008/9 to 27 by 2016 and questions the Government’s selection of countries to receive aid. The  cross party group concludes that the premise that DFID should operate more effectively in fewer countries is sensible, but the lack of objective criteria, the poor quality of some of the information used to select focus countries, and the lack of transparency of the process, mean the countries selected to receive aid are not the optimum choices.  The report also discusses the implications of the BAR for how UK aid should be spent in Africa.

Submission to Foreign Affairs Select Committee inquiry: British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring': the transition to democracy
December 2011
This submission presents the issues discussed at a Royal African Society / Africa APPG and closed briefing held in the House of Commons on 7th December 2011 
entitled: ‘Business Opportunities for British Companies'. The audience comprised Members 
of the UK Parliament and the speakers included: a former British ambassador to Libya with 
particular knowledge of the Libyan business climate, a leading authority on banking in Libya 
and an expert on British investments in North Africa. While it does not conclude with 
specific recommendations, we believe the meeting raised a number of key issues of 
relevance to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry on British foreign policy and the 
'Arab Spring': the transition to democracy, in particular those related to the revival of the 
Libyan economy, and we therefore urge the Committee to take these issues into account