Thursday, 7 March 2013
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 focused on food security challenges that transcend national boundaries. These efforts are helping to free up regional trade in basic food commodities so that food can move more easily from areas of surplus to areas of deficit in any given year. The activities also address problems related to quarantine, transboundary water management issues and coordinated control of pests and diseases.
We are aiming to achieve these outcomes by helping to build the capacity of the key regional organisations that are trying to promote a more integrated approach to these issues in the region and encouraging links between stakeholders in the region and with Australian experts.
In the other priority sector, public policy, the AAPF is funding two new activities. AAPF public policy activities contribute to two key areas of AusAID’s work – namely, enhancing democratic process and promoting responsive government. To date, about 1 800 people from 51 African countries and the African Union have attended an AAPF training session or study tour focused on improving government practices. Twenty-seven participating countries have reported improvements in the quality of specific services in target public sector agencies.
The Facility’s partnership approach enables Australian and African organisations to share ideas and learn from each other. Through activities in both sectors, new partnerships are forming between Australian and African institutions and regional bodies. In particular, the AAPF is working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – to tackle piracy in Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania – and the Institute for Education in Democracy, to support the election process in Kenya.
While partnerships are difficult to measure, the Facility collects information as part of its Performance Assessment Framework to track progress in partnership development. Most AAPF participants have reported that they gained greater awareness of what Australia can offer and they intended to maintain contact or follow up with Australian individuals or institutions.
Agriculture and food security activities:
• Strengthening ACTESA's program development and implementation (Multi-country; yet to start,15-month activity)
• Support to East Africa Community (EAC) in the Agriculture and Food Security and/or Mining Governance Sectors (Multi-country; February 2013 – February 2014)
Public policy activities:
• Support for Kenya Elections by Institute for Education in Democracy (November 2012 – May 2013)
• African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, Principal Policy Officer (Multi-country; December 2012 – December 2013)