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Friday, 28 June 2013
The AAPF story: Development with impact - Just how important is the role of communications in development? You might say, “The action on the ground is what counts”. However, like the proverbial tree falling in a forest, if no one is there to ...

Friday, 28 June 2013
On the gender campaign trail in Lesotho mining communities - Earlier this month, the AAPF’s Gender Adviser, Khadija Alia Bah-Wakefield, and I travelled to Lesotho to follow up with Mapuleng Secheche, a participant from last year’s ‘African Women ...

Friday, 28 June 2013
The Australian Government supports ‘next generation’ at IAIA2013 - For the second year, the Australian Government has provided Capacity Building Stipends to Africans to attend the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) annual conference, ...

Friday, 28 June 2013
Improving water management to advance rain-fed agriculture in West Africa’s Sahel region - The AAPF supports a capacity-building project to improve water management capacities in rain-fed agriculture in the Sahel — specifically Burkina Faso, Mali, ...

Friday, 28 June 2013
Promoting healthy two-way ‘partnership’ dialogues - Open, two-way dialogue between partners is essential for effective communications in development. This is the approach of the Australian Government and the AAPF. The Australian Government, ...

Monday, 27 May 2013
Australian Fellowship sparks Namibian entrepreneurial spirit - Namibian entrepreneur Ena Göttert has never looked back since she received a Fellowship funded by the Australian Government in 2010. On her return to her country, she started a training ...

Monday, 27 May 2013
Q&A with an AusAID alumnus - Annock Gabriel Chiwona, a geologist working for the Malawi Ministry of Mines, is an AusAID alumnus who has taken advantage of the various M4D opportunities. Annock participated in an AAPF study tour to Australia in ...

Monday, 27 May 2013
Q&A with an AusAID alumnus - Besa Bunda, a Zambian, is involved in an AusAID-sponsored International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) activity in Zambia. He holds a PhD in Mining Engineering from Curtin University, Western Australia School ...

Monday, 27 May 2013
Q&A with an AusAID alumnus - Bernard (Ben) Shija is an AAPF adviser who began working with the East African Community Secretariat in February 2013 to: help develop a ‘road map’ for the implementation of its Food Security Action Plan (2011-2015); ...

Monday, 27 May 2013
Leveraging leadership: Lessons learned in Mozambique - Alumni from different countries have approached the AAPF with a similar request: how can the AAPF further support us? The AAPF answered back with another question: what do you suggest and ...

Monday, 27 May 2013
AusAID programs integrate approach to alumni - An increasing number of participants of M4D activities are alumni from more than one AusAID initiative. For instance, Annock Gabriel Chiwona, a geologist working for the Malawi Ministry of Mines, ...

Monday, 27 May 2013
The Mining for Development alumni network - I am pleased to be writing for this issue of The AAPF Argus, which focuses on the Australian Government’s work in Africa to facilitate a Mining for Development alumni network. When the AAPF appointed ...

Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Australia and Botswana deepen cooperation on fire management - Australia and Botswana will today take an important step to strengthen Botswana’s capacity to fight wildfires when the Australian High Commissioner to Botswana, HE Graeme Wilson, formally ...

Monday, 29 April 2013
African countries apply knowledge gained from AAPF activities - Monitoring and evaluation follow-up studies conducted with participants of AAPF activities have reported that they are using knowledge and skills gained from the activities. These ...

Monday, 29 April 2013
Monitoring and evaluation in the AAPF program - This issue of The AAPF Argus focuses on the Facility’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting system. It also notes key results from M&E findings. The AAPF has developed a comprehensive ...

Sunday, 28 April 2013
Virtuous M&E cycle - The AAPF has developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. It is integrated into all phases of the activity cycle, as well as at the overall Facility or ‘macro’ level. The purpose of the system is to determine ...

Sunday, 28 April 2013
The AAPF addresses our day-to-day challenges: Participants - Facility activities are responsive to participants’ day-to-day challenges. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) findings from two activities – ‘Participation in the Annual Conference of the ...

Sunday, 28 April 2013
AAPF making progress against its Performance Assessment Framework - Since October 2012, the AAPF has been tracking progress against its Performance Assessment Framework (PAF). Structured around the Facility’s three objectives (to achieve development, ...

Sunday, 28 April 2013
Applying lessons from AAPF study tours - The AAPF monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system identifies and applies lessons learnt from completed activities to inform the future course of Facility activities. The M&E team identifies most lessons ...

Sunday, 28 April 2013
M&E methods of gathering findings - The M&E team uses a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative methods (the analysis of numerical data) primarily involve surveys, which are typically self-administered, face-to-face or ...

Thursday, 7 March 2013
Promoting democracy among marginalised communities in Kenya - Kenyans went to the ballot box on 4 March this year. Early news reports indicate that there was an impressive voter turnout. It was the first general election since the post-poll ethnic ...

Thursday, 7 March 2013
New food security and public policy activities funded - AusAID is funding several new AAPF activities in the agriculture and food security and public policy sectors. These activities are listed on the right. The Facility is supporting two activities ...

Thursday, 7 March 2013
Boosting sustainable agricultural development in Africa - The countries of eastern and southern Africa are frequently affected by food shortages and drought, but the region as a whole has the potential to produce enough food for regional consumption ...

Sunday, 3 February 2013
Mining for Development: Sharing the Australian experience - This issue of The AAPF Argus focuses on the Facility’s mining governance program*, which operates within the context of the Australian Government’s Mining for Development (M4D) initiative. ...

Sunday, 3 February 2013
Mining for Development in South Sudan - The shutdown of South Sudan’s oil production in January 2012, due to an ongoing dispute with neighbouring Sudan over oil export fees, greatly weakened its fledgling economy and left the Government without ...

Sunday, 3 February 2013
Harnessing Liberia’s mineral wealth for a brighter future - Liberia, following recent internal conflict, is one of the world’s poorest countries (ranked 182 of 187 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index, 2011). However, with ...

Sunday, 3 February 2013
AAPF activities addressed our development challenges: Alumni - The Facility’s mining governance training and study tour activities are demand-driven and contribute to positive change in participants’ home countries. The following testimonials ...

Sunday, 13 January 2013
Training Africans for a more sustainable future - The Australian Government is optimistic about Africa and its prospects. Australia’s aid to Africa reflects the Government’s commitment to being a good international citizen and to supporting ...

Sunday, 13 January 2013
Regional Diplomatic Training: Fostering learning and relationships - Daniel R Mokaya, a diplomatic officer in the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is one of the 221 foreign officials from 35 African countries who have participated in the AAPF ...

Sunday, 13 January 2013
AusAID supports African communities to vaccinate against Newcastle Disease - Asha, a chicken farmer in Tanzania, has been trained as a vaccinator as part of an AusAID-funded Newcastle Disease program. She successfully vaccinated 1500 birds during ...

Sunday, 13 January 2013
Delivering mining legal assistance in Mozambique - Since large-scale mining commenced in Mozambique in 2004, mining activity has grown and is expected to increase rapidly. In light of the sector’s growth, the Government of Mozambique asked the ...

Friday, 30 November 2012
Address by Mozambique’s Minister of Mineral Resources, Esperança Bias, at the African Mining Governance Study Tour Alumni Learning Forum in Mozambique - Excellency, Ratxide Abdala Ackyiamungo Gogo, Governor of Tete Province, Excellency, Ann ...

Friday, 30 November 2012
Ghana agricultural development project launched - Farmer-based Organisations (FBOs) in Ghana seek to bring farmers together to benefit from economies of scale, improve access to food markets and strengthen their ability to participate in political ...

Friday, 30 November 2012
AusAID supports Ugandan Parliament training program - The Australian university-based Legislative Leadership and Governance Group is partnering with the Parliament of Uganda to deliver a series of AusAID-funded training courses to Members of ...

Friday, 30 November 2012
Alumni network gathers at Tete mining governance forum - Mozambique’s Tete Province played host to an Australian mining governance alumni forum involving 62 senior government officials from 29 African countries this month. As part of the forum ...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Address by the South African Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, at the AAPF African Women in Mining and Development Leadership Forum on 26 October 2012 - Her Excellency, Australian High Commissioner, Ms Ann Harrap, Members of the ...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Address by Her Excellency, Ann Harrap, High Commissioner of Australia at the AAPF African Women in Mining and Development Leadership Forum on 26 October 2012 - It gives me great pleasure to be speaking to you today at this Women in Mining forum. ...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012
AAPF forum puts the spotlight on women’s role in mining - High-profile Australian and South African women leaders attended an African Women in Mining and Development Leadership Forum in Johannesburg last Friday. The Australia-Africa Partnerships ...

Thursday, 25 October 2012
AAPF recruiting gender adviser to promote gender equality within Facility - Following the recommendation of a recent gender policy review, the AAPF is recruiting a part-time gender adviser to oversee improved integration of gender equality and ...

Thursday, 25 October 2012
Three mining governance study tours cap off a busy year - The AAPF will be conducting three mining governance study tours over the next month to cap off a busy and successful year of study tours. One of the tours will include an alumni learning ...

Thursday, 25 October 2012
Creative partnerships focus on development priorities - ‘Support for the development of relationships and partnerships between Australian and African organisations to achieve the development objectives of African countries.’ This is the AAPF’s ...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
The class of 2012: We are Africans and we are here to stay - Last Friday was a proud day for AAPF-sponsored African students undertaking a Master of Law (LL.M.) program at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. It was their graduation day. AusAID ...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Diplomatic training reaches 221 people in 35 countries - Since August 2011, 221 foreign officials from 35 countries have participated in eight AAPF Regional Diplomatic Training courses. Nineteen of those officials from Egypt, Libya, Morocco and ...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Great IDEA: The AAPF supports electoral training courses for Africans - Australia, through the AAPF, supports a joint African Union and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) training program. The Facility is supporting ...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Partnering with Africans to promote good governance - The AAPF supports a range of activities within the public policy sector in Africa. It selects activities based on African governments’ and other agencies’ requests for support that are consistent ...

Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Australia’s support for Botswana Fire Management Program wins AFAC Award - Members of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) were recognised for their outstanding contribution to capacity building and emergency service training in Africa at an international ...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
AusAID program hatches a solution for Newcastle Disease - Alda Cumbe, who lives in the rural town of Chokwe in Mozambique, depends on chickens for her livelihood. Not long ago, that livelihood was threatened by Newcastle Disease, a virus that ...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Planting the seeds for a more secure Africa - Almost one in three people in Sub-Saharan Africa suffer from hunger. Improving food security enables the poor to earn money and become more resilient, enabling them to participate in economic activity ...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Partner agencies join two-year AAPF water management project - The AAPF has confirmed implementation arrangements with key partner agencies in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal for a water management project. This two-year activity contributes to ...

Monday, 23 July 2012
All in a year’s work: the AAPF reaches more than 800 people - Eight hundred and thirty-three people from 48 African countries participated in AAPF training activities and study tours during the 2011 – 2012 financial year. The Facility responded ...

Monday, 23 July 2012
The AAPF implements 68 activities in 50 countries - Sixty-eight activities were carried out in 50 countries under the AAPF in the 2011 – 2012 fiscal year. These included the preparation of some activities that will start early in 2012 – 2013. ...

Sunday, 22 July 2012
Australian aid alumni program boosts professional links with Botswana - During a recent visit to Botswana, the Australian High Commissioner to Botswana, HE Ann Harrap, had the opportunity to meet 10 Batswana alumni from AusAID programs. Since ...

Thursday, 12 July 2012
African delegates thank Australia for training opportunities - Speaking at the combined closing ceremony for the Regional Diplomatic Training initiative and the Public Private Partnership Policy Course at the University of Pretoria on Friday 22 ...

Friday, 8 June 2012
Alumni gaining confidence since ‘eye-opening’ study tours - During visits to Mozambique and Zambia last month, the AAPF followed up with alumni from various study tours to gauge the impact of these activities. Participant feedback ranged from ...

Friday, 8 June 2012
Francophone study tour showcases mining governance in Australia - A better understanding of the mining sector, a ‘toolkit’ to address development challenges and a starting point for future ties with Australia – these were just some of the benefits ...

Friday, 8 June 2012
International impact assessment meeting: AusAID sponsors 56 Africans - AusAID, through the AAPF, sponsored 56 Africans to attend the recent 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in Porto, Portugal. ...

Tuesday, 22 May 2012
AAPF workshop tackles water management challenges in a ‘co-learning environment’ - Twenty-two participants from six African countries are attending an AusAID-sponsored Training Workshop on Integrated Water Management in Catchments hosted in South ...

Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Australian-Zambian relations set to grow through mining for development engagement - Australian High Commissioner to Zambia, Matthew Neuhaus, is visiting Lusaka with an Australian Government delegation to explore opportunities to expand mining-for-development ...

Thursday, 10 May 2012
Interview with Hon. Irene Nafuna-Muloni, Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development - The leader of the Ugandan delegation attending the recent extractive industries study tour to Australia, Hon. Irene Nafuna-Muloni, was clearly pleased ...

Thursday, 10 May 2012
Ugandans ‘borrow a leaf’ from Australia’s approach to extractive industries - The thought on every participant’s mind during the recent Uganda Extractive Industries Study Tour to Australia was: how can Uganda make the most of its oil and gas reserves ...

Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Rain-fed agriculture initiative in West Africa gets the go-ahead - AusAID, through the AAPF, will fund a two-year program to build capacity in water harvesting and conservation activities in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The aim of the ...

Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Australian Special Envoy's visit to Ghana coincides with AAPF project launch - Just as the AAPF Capacity Development for Farmer Based Organisations (FBO) Project in Ghana commenced last month, the Australian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, H.E. ...

Friday, 6 April 2012
African scholars learn legal skills to help their countries compete globally - "I shouldn’t go work in the World Bank. I shouldn’t go work in the IMF (International Monetary Fund). I shouldn’t work in Australia. I should work in Cameroon and help ...

Thursday, 5 April 2012
Local Procurement Study Tour exposes participants to good industry practice - Informative, engaging and enjoyable. In a nutshell, that was the experience of the recent Local Procurement Study Tour to South Africa and Australia, an AAPF initiative. ...

Monday, 5 March 2012
Tête-à-tête in Mozambique on sustainable development - Mozambican government officials and representatives from the private sector and civil society attended an AAPF-supported study tour to Tete Province last month to discuss ways of supporting ...

Monday, 5 March 2012
Australia strengthens partnerships with African governments at Mining Indaba - Team Australia had a successful and prominent presence at the 2012 Investing in African Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa, last month. AusAID's ...

Monday, 5 March 2012
Up to six diplomacy training courses to be funded in 2012 - AusAID, through the AAPF, will fund up to six diplomacy training courses for more than 30 African countries this year. These new courses follow on from the success of the two courses ...

Monday, 6 February 2012
What's the bottom line? ZIMRAP training program is a hit - A series of management training courses for Zimbabwean taxation officials are being supported by the AAPF. These courses are part of the AusAID-supported Zimbabwe Revenue Authority ...

Monday, 6 February 2012
M & E tools fine-tuned to measure success of AAPF programs - AusAID and AAPF staff have recently finalised an AAPF performance monitoring framework to provide quality assurance for activities it supports. A series of tailored tools will help ...

Monday, 6 February 2012
Participants in AAPF study tours and training programs (October - December 2011) - Almost 260 people from 12 African countries participated in five Cardno-managed AAPF study tours and training activities during the October-December quarter. Nearly ...

Friday, 6 January 2012
Mining study tours key to Oz development program - A pillar of the Australian Government's new Mining for Development Initiative in Africa is a series of study tours coordinated by the AAPF for African officials to visit Australia – the fourth ...

Friday, 6 January 2012
Australia helps promote the Africa Mining Vision - Australia was a key supporter of last month’s African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, particularly by helping to promote ...

Friday, 6 January 2012
Cowboys and mining insights make for a 'you beaut' tour Down Under - "I never expected I would be having my photo taken with a bunch of Australian cowboys." So said Ayuba Natsa, a chartered architect working as an adviser to the Kaduna State ...

Friday, 9 December 2011
Australian mining expert addresses Mali conference - One of Australia's leading mining education academics was part of an Australian delegation at Mali's 4th Mining and Petroleum Conference in Bamako, Mali, 8-10 November this year. With AusAID ...

Friday, 9 December 2011
Pilbrow a Local Hero finalist - The AAPF's In-Australia Partnerships Manager Michael Pilbrow is a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year (Local Hero) 2012 award. Michael, who is based in Canberra, was nominated for the award because of his ...

Friday, 9 December 2011
South Africa explores Australia's approach to performance monitoring - South African Government officials recently visited Australia in a study tour focused on improving their performance management skills. During the study tour (4-12 November), ...

Friday, 9 December 2011
Mozambicans boost regional planning skills on Australian tour - In August this year, 13 Mozambican officials took part in a regional planning and mining study tour in Australia. The Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) funded and ...

Friday, 9 December 2011
AAPF hosts multi-country mining tour to Australia - African government officials are in Australia visiting mining operations and surrounding communities this month to learn how governance and social aspects of mining projects are approached 'Down ...

Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Building partnerships through diplomacy - Foreign affairs officials from six African countries attended Regional Diplomatic Training courses financed by AusAID through the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility. The aim of the Africa Regional ...
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