Launch of the third Africa Capacity Indicators
Report (ACIR 2013), Accra 22nd March 2013
The 2013 edition focuses on the capacity development for Natural resources Management in 44 Africa countries. The report outlines that, “If countries are to better address the nexus of fragility, agricultural transformation and food security and natural resource management, then more countries need to invest in strategy, training and innovation.” The previous two reports of 2011 and 2012 focussed on Fragile States and Agricultural Transformation and Food Security respectively.
The 2013 Report focuses on what African countries need to do individually and collectively to achieve effective management and good governance of the continent’s natural resource wealth. It covers both renewable and non-renewable endowments, with specific reference to forests, land, water, solid minerals, and petroleum resources and offers analysis of the critical perspectives and contemporary academic and policy debates on the natural resource value chain, including emerging issues such as climate change and green economy. The Report highlights many positive country experiences that include among others:
- Liberia’s achievements in the forest sector—utilizing policy formulation, institution building, and operational responses to curb corruption and insecurity and reducing transnational illicit timber trade;
- Sierra Leone’s remarkable progress by putting in place relatively effective institutions and realizing economic growth, which has been driven by natural resources, including iron ore;
- Mozambique’s transformation of its forestry sector, including canceling or reducing the land area of 1500 investor contracts due to non-compliance with their investment plan;
- Ethiopia’s laudable efforts at building capacity for the staff of higher education institutions in the area of natural resource management and eco-tourism; and
- Angola’s and Nigeria’s launching of Sovereign Wealth Funds.
The ACIR’s are produced by the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), which has for the past 22 years being supports academic institutions such as Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the University of Ghana and in others across Africa to train a critical mass of skilled civil servants who now constitute over 30% of East and West Africa’s skilled human resource in public administration and policy management.
ACBF also sponsors 39 think tanks across Africa, including Centre for Economic Policy Analysis (CEPA), Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), GhanaNet all in Ghana, and also the African Women’s Development Fund, and the African Association of Universities, which are both regional bodies headquartered in Ghana.