The African Community of Practice (AfCoP) is a coalition of WAEMU and COMESA leaders to accelerate regional integration in seventeen countries, based on a results-based approach. It is supported by the African Development Bank and the African Capacity Building Foundation.

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The African Community of Practice (AfCoP) is a coalition of WAEMU and COMESA leaders to accelerate regional integration in seventeen countries, based on a results-based approach. It is supported by the African Development Bank and the African Capacity Building Foundation.

Its mission is simple: to give priority to results in Africa. Its flagship program is “Africa for Results” (AfriK4R). Through the sharing of knowledge on development management through outcomes and the exchange of good practice among member countries, the AfriK4R initiative aims to accelerate regional integration, establish effective public financial management systems, Commerce and improve the business environment.
The context
The AfCoP on Managing for Development Results (MDGs), * holds Annual Meetings bringing together all stakeholders, members and partners, to assess the performance of the past year and discuss plans for the year next. The Annual Meeting 2017 is the eighth of such meetings. It will be held in Dakar from 20 to 22 February 2017 at the Radisson Blu.

Since the AfCoP was launched in 2007, the AfCoP Annual Meetings have discussed several key thematic issues aimed at promoting a culture of results in Africa, including:

– development trends, – improving the business climate, – gender, – social inclusion, – regional integration

MfDR is a change management process that aims to bring about changes in people’s lives through the sustainable improvement of human development outcomes. As such, MfDR requires political involvement and empowerment to make governments accountable for results.

With its holistic approach, MfDR is composed of the following key pillars: leadership for results, results-based planning and budgeting, accountability and partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, and information systems.

The 7th AfCoP Annual Meeting was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 2015 concomitantly with the AfriK4R Forum. The central theme of this last General Assembly was “Propulsing Regional Integration for the Transformation of Africa”.

This year, following the consultations between the Management Committee (CMT) and the AfCoP Secretariat, the Annual Meeting will have as its central theme “Impact and Sustainability of the AfCoP”.

In Dakar, this event will have a special dimension insofar as the impact and sustainability of the actions undertaken by the community must be demonstrated. Progress made by member countries in the AfCoP Project for the implementation of the agreed common roadmap will be presented. The Assembly will attach great importance to the impacts and lessons that can be learned for the future in order to ensure sustainability.

Goals

The main objectives of the 8th Annual Meeting are to:

1. Take note of the “situation” in the AfCoP Project countries as a pilot demonstrating the key elements of success using standardized indicators

2. Using the outcome of Objective 1, examine the challenges and opportunities for impact and sustainability

3. Extract lessons from the practice of what works and what does not work in Africa

4. Develop a way forward, including the 2017 Action Plan and exploring the future modus operandi of the AfCoP.

Challenges

Being focused on results and demonstrating their achievement is transforming the African continent as this approach makes states more focused and capable. Since the launch of the AfriK4R initiative in 2012, countries and regional economic communities (RECs) have made significant strides in the implementation of the Common Roadmap.

Given its mandate to promote economic integration in Africa and to serve as a model of excellence for African development, the African Development Bank, in partnership with the African Capacity Building Foundation, provides support To the AfCoP to strengthen the capacity of countries and RECs to accelerate the implementation of regional policies using the tools and principles of MfDR. AfCoP members act as catalysts for change to support the transformation agenda of Africa.

A review of the peer reviews conducted at the start of the implementation of the AfCoP Project and the current state of implementation of the Common Roadmap suggests that the level of integration and internalization of MfDR tools is Specific to countries and depend on the initial conditions of the countries, political choices and commitments on the part of the leadership.

In its ninth year of existence, AfCoP would like to ensure its sustainability, especially considering that the AfDB-supported project ends in 2017. This emerged as a signal from the Steering Committee of the Afrik4R Project in close Collaboration with the WCL.

The eighth edition of the AfCoP Annual Meeting builds on country progress through capacity assessment and the exchange of results-based solutions. In order to map and highlight these changing dynamics, the AfriK4R initiative will present country-level results and share concrete good practices. Understanding these trends will provide current policy makers with an overview of future opportunities to reorganize countries’ capacity to manage for results and contribute to improving country accountability.

The format of the meeting

The Annual Meeting will address various development issues for Africa and provide advice for the AfCoP’s work. Key features of the meeting will include panel discussions, roundtable discussions, and training sessions. The meeting will also include a keynote presentation by an eminent MfDR expert.

Plenary sessions

The plenary session will include discussions on the general theme of the Assembly followed by group discussions on lessons learned from past experiences and on good practices in round table format.

Presentation

The 2017 Annual Meeting will include a main presentation in the format of a series of lectures delivered by an eminent MfDR expert. This will be placed in the African context. It will concern the contribution of the Rapid Approach to the achievement of development results for the benefit of the African populations.

Sessions in panel

Two Doha-style panels will be organized around specific themes from the main theme of the meeting. The objective is to encourage innovative thinking for the future of the AfCoP.

Training session

A training session will be organized as an introduction to the Quick-Look Approach.

Side Events and Other Meetings

The 2017 Annual Meeting will include an exhibition of country-specific and institutional achievements on the use of MfDR principles and tools.

In the margins of the 2017 Annual Meeting, there will be the possibility of holding a WCL meeting and / or thematic group meetings to be confirmed in advance.

The participants

AfCoP members, leaders, specialists and MfDR experts will participate in the meeting. It is expected that participants will make all contributions to shape the future of the AfCoP with a balance between anglophone and francophone participants. Representatives of the regional economic communities across the continent will be invited, as well as members of the African Results Platform and the AfCoP Management Committee. The Country Focal Points will share their experiences in implementing the common roadmap and ensuring high-level support and engagement. Participants will also include leaders from civil society organizations, parliamentary bodies, private sector companies and the media. The meeting will bring together about 150 people.

About AfCoP

Adherence to the principles of Managing for Development Results (MDOs) became a reality in Africa in 2007 with the creation of the African Community of Practice (AfCoP). This community brings together the actors who share the ambition to develop an African perspective on aid effectiveness and development. Sharing good practices is an important part of public policy commitment to MfDR. To this end, national and regional communities have been established with the aim of encouraging the integration of MfDR into national strategies and its use in the implementation of regional programs while fostering capacity building.

It is in this context that the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and 18 member countries have joined the Africa Results Initiative ( AfriK4R). This initiative was designed by the AfCoP to ensure better service delivery through the implementation of MfDR. Its objective is also to strengthen regional convergence in order to accelerate regional economic integration conducive to the development of trade and investment.

In addition, the AfriK4R initiative envisages meeting the challenge of convergence between regional policies and national policies. In several areas – for example, trade facilitation, business environment, public finance management – UEMOA and COMESA are developing fairly relevant regional policies. For their part, countries are also developing and implementing national policies in the same areas. However, it is often found that these policies are not convergent or complementary. This situation is a brake on development efforts and could delay the goals of economic growth, regional integration and poverty reduction.

On the strength of this observation, the African Community of Practice is a platform for exchanges and experiences to promote the harmonization and convergence of national and regional policies. These national and regional contributions are intended to provide the Community with a framework for reflection and practical tools to ensure better integration of regional and national policies and convergence towards clear development objectives.

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