NEPAD – New Partnership for Africa’s Development
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is an economic development program of the African Union. NEPAD was adopted at the 37th session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2001 in Lusaka, Zambia. NEPAD aims to provide an overarching vision and policy framework for accelerating economic co-operation and integration among African countries.
The eight priority areas of NEPAD are: political, economic and corporate governance; agriculture; infrastructure; education; health; science and technology; market access and tourism; and environment.
During the first few years of its existence, the main task of the NEPAD Secretariat and key supporters was the popularisation of NEPAD’s key principles, as well as the development of action plans for each of the sectoral priorities. NEPAD also worked to develop partnerships with international development finance institutions—including the World Bank, G8, European Commission, UNECA and others—and with the private sector.
After this initial phase, more concrete programs were developed, including:
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), aimed at assisting the launching of a ‘green revolution’ in Africa, based on a belief in the key role of agriculture in development.
The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)which comprises numerous trans-boundary infrastructure projects in the four sectors transport, energy, water and ICT, aimed at boosting intra-African trade and interconnecting the continent.
The NEPAD Science and Technology programme, including an emphasis on research in areas such as water science and energy.
The “e-schools programme”, adopted by the HSGIC in 2003 as an initiative to equip all 600,000 primary and secondary schools in Africa with IT equipment and internet access within 10 years, in partnership with several large IT companies. See NEPAD E-School program
The launch of a Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) by the Public Investment Corporation of South Africa, to finance high priority cross-border infrastructure projects.
Capacity building for continental institutions, working with the African Capacity Building Foundation, the Southern Africa Trust, UNECA, the African Development Bank, and other development partners. One of NEPAD’s priorities has been to strengthen the capacity of and linkages among the Regional Economic Communities.
NEPAD was involved with the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project although it is not entirely clear to what extent.
The NEPAD Agency has a total of 136 staff working in its offices in Johannesburg, Dakar, Ouagadougou and Kampala. NEPAD also has country offices and secretariats in Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, Nigeria.
NEPAD South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 11 256 3600
Tel: +27 (0) 11 256 3615
230 15th Road, Randjespark, Midrand, South Africa
Amb Amadou Diallo (Head of NEPAD West Africa Mission)
s/c LNERV, Route de Front de Terre - Hann, Dakar-Liberté; Sénégal
Tel: +221 338590525 (Secretary)
Cel: +221 779546404
NEPAD Burkina Faso
Dr. Jeremy Tinga Ouedraogo (Head of African Biosafety Network of Expertise)
University of Ouagadougou
06 BP 9884 Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
Tel: +226 (0) 25 33 15 01
NEPAD Kenya Secretariat
Mr Daniel Nyakundi Osiemo (Acting CEO)
4th Floor Liaision House, State House Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
The Presidency NEPAD Nigeria
Plot 12, Faranah Street, Wuse Zone 2, P.M.B 293 Garki, Abuja, Nigeria
NEPAD New York
Ms Sarah Lawan (Senior Programme Officer)
Office of the Permanent Observer for the African Union to the United Nations
3 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 305 East 47th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel.: +1 3475307926