[ACED’s Frejus Thoto and Donald Houessou participated in the Forum to share experiences on managing for development results. Donald presented a policy paper on accountability and how it relates to evidence use. The paper was commissioned by the African Development Bank.]
The African Community of Practice (AfCoP) is the premier African institution focused on Managing for Development Results (MfDR). It is a coalition of multiple stakeholders from 43 African countries, including government officials, development partners and parliamentarians, as well as representatives of civil society, the private sector, academia, and media. It was established in 2007 in the context of the Paris Declaration on Development Effectiveness, to support the commitment of African governments to adopt good principles, policies and practices to manage development results to ensure that national development plans are effective in transforming the living circumstances of African people.
For more than ten years, AfCoP operated as a programme of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the World Bank (WB) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in supporting countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), focusing on delivery of tangible and measurable results of their development plans. The evaluation of AfCoP’s ten-year performance led the AfCoP members to register AfCoP as an independent Pan-Africa institution on managing for development results in Africa. Subsequently, the General Assembly endorsed the Constitution and elected the secretariat officials and executive committee members to move forward with the implementation of new mandates.
In response to the forgoing, the AfCoP together with the Government of Senegal, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is organizing the 2019 Africa Forum on Managing for Development Results, which will take place at the Centre international de Conférences Abdou Diouf (CICAD) in Dakar, Sénégal from October 28-29, 2019.
The objective of the Forum is to reflect on the achievements of AfCOP and draw lessons from what worked well or emerged over the past decade to meet the challenges of Managing for Development Results in Africa. Emphasis will be placed on reaching a consensus on the common principles of MfDR in the specific context of Africa; this will guide future actions of AfCoP to support African Countries to manage for development results as they develop plans and programmes in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Transformation Agenda (Agenda 2063).
The Forum will be attended by members of the AfCoP Executive Council, AfCoP facilitators, representatives of national and regional communities of practice and thematic platforms and groups, Development Partners, distinguished guests from the Government of Senegal as well as representatives from Asia/Latin America Continental Community of Practices (CoPs). In this Forum the African Community of Practice (AfCoP) will be officially launched by HE President Macky SALL of the Republic of Senegal.
Source: Concept note of the 2019 Africa Forum