CISLAC-SOTU Resources

DECISION ON THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN AFRICA AT TWENTY-FIFTH ORDINARY SESSION 20-24 JUNE 2014 OF THE AFRICAN UNION IN HELD MALABO, EQUITORIAL GUINEA

The Executive Council,

TAKES NOTE of the Report of the PRC Sub-Committee of Refugees and the attached annex of the Report of the Commission on the Humanitarian Situation in Africa;
EXPRESSES CONCERN over the large number of refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa caused mainly by recurrent conflicts and natural disasters on the Continent;
EXPRESSES GRATITUDE to countries of asylum that continue to meet their international obligations and commit themselves to extent hospitality to refugees;
RECOGNIZES the commendable work done by AU Partners and other relevant humanitarian agencies in the area of forced displacement and URGES them to continue addressing the humanitarian situation on the Continent;
APPEALS to the international community to exert all efforts to extent the financial and material assistance to the forcibly displaced population in the spirit of solidarity and burden sharing.
COMMENDS the concrete steps taken so far by the Africa Union, IGAD, the UN System, and other development […]

DRAFT RESOLUTIONS OF THE JOINT CONFERENCE OF MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE ’HELD AT THE AUCC IN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, FROM 01-02 MAY 2014

We, the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture, having met with AUCC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 01-02 may 2014, on the theme of the Year of Agriculture and food security : Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity and improvement livelihoods through Harnessing Opportunity for conclusive Growth and Sustainable Development;

Recognizing and appreciating the Africa Union Assembly of Heads of state and Government for having declared, during its 19th Ordinary session, the year 2014 to be the year of Agriculture and Food Security, marking the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programmed (CAADP).

Acknowledging the progress made in the realization of the 2003 Maputo Declaration on Agriculture as enshrined in the CAADP framework, the challenges faced, the important lesson learnt over the last decade through implementation of CAADP, and reflecting on the prospects and opportunities of accelerated agricultural growth and transformation through sustaining the […]

Experts move to Strengthen Revenue Generation in Africa

By Ian Gary

Five experts say resource-rich African governments should not leave money on the table.

Much is made about the (potential) benefits of billions of dollars of oil, gas and mining revenues in Africa but there has been far less attention on the ability (or willingness) of resource-rich countries to actually collect all that is owed to them in the first place. Tax evasion and getting fair deals are real issues but extracting the most government revenue from existing deals has real potential to increase government revenues from the sector quickly. Civil society and citizens can use brain and muscle to put more money on the table.

The challenge of oil tax collection was front and center in a panel I moderated last week at the Oxfam America and Brookings Institution conference on the East Africa oil boom. I asked the panelists (you can watch here) to comment on the competencies […]

Justifying the Extent of Domestication of AU Instruments on Women’s Rights in Nigeria

 

By Zainab Murtala

Across the world, the protection of human rights has been brought to the fore of international agendas for development as one of the key requirements for sustainable growth. In Gender Justice[1], Human Rights were defined as a value system that promotes the dignity and worth of all human beings, regardless of class, sex or ethnic background, but by virtue of one’s humanity. According to the Declaration on Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948, these rights include the rights to life, liberty and security of persons, equal pay for equal work, a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, education, freedom from slavery and equal protection under the law.

It has been argued that most of Africa’s underdevelopment lays firmly in its history of human rights abuses. And while human rights abuses have remained rampant across the continent and affect both men and women, […]

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A ONE DAY CONSULTATIVE MEETING BY STATE OF THE UNION NIGERIA CAMPAIGN PLATFORM (SOTU-N-CAMP) TO STRENGTHEN SOTU-N-CAMP’S ENGAGEMENT ON CITIZEN’S PARTICIPATION IN POLICY DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING OF AFRICAN UNION (AU) INSTRUMENTS WITHIN THE COUNTRY HELD ON THE 17TH OF DECEMBER 2013 AT THE LAGOS AIRPORT HOTEL, IKEJA.

PREAMBLE
State of the Union Nigeria Campaign Platform (SOTU-N-CAMP) with support from the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organized a One Day Consultative Meeting with the aim of Strengthening SOTU-N-CAMPs engagement in Citizen’s Participation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring of African Union (AU) Instruments within the Country. The meeting had in attendance SOTU-N-CAMP member organisations and media representatives.

The meeting amongst other things articulated strategies for carrying on the organizational work and further strengthening engagements of SOTU-N-CAMP in line with the 14 key SOTU instruments and Policy Standards as well as development of a Strategic Plan and Membership Form.

OBSERVATIONS

During the consultation members observed as follows:

Inconsistency in the use of acronym of the platform; hence, the acronym to be used should be “SOTU-N-CAMP”.
Over time, AU and SOTU related issues have been largely under reported and thus suffer adequate visibility.
Capacity deficiency in SOTU-N-CAMP to engage in the different AU instruments […]

Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight of National Budgets in Africa

 

Since 2009, African Public Accounts Com- mittees (PACs) and the Southern African Development Community Organization of Public Accounts Committees (SADCOPAC) and Eastern African Association of Public Accounts Committees (EAAPAC) regional networks have made strides in improving the benefits of national budgets for citizens.

By participating in these networks, which focus on sharing practitioner experience and developing regional good practice, the PACs identified country-level reforms needed to strengthen the parliaments’ capacity to engage in open and collaborative budget processes. World Bank Institute (WBI) supported the peer and action learning processes within the networks as part of its Parliament Open Budgeting Program. As a result, members of Parliament and staff were able to bolster their roles in forming, implementing and overseeing their respective country budgets.

In January–March 2013, WBI mapped the outcomes of this initiative using a customized outcome mapping tool. This visual map presents the sequence of outcomes achieved by change […]

New Multiple Indicator 2014 Africa Scorecards on Food Insecurity and Hunger

By Rotimi Sankore

The ongoing AU Summit theme on Agriculture and Food Security is long overdue. The inability of many African governments to implement policy and investment for effective mass food production, storage, distribution and affordability is one of the most inexplicable challenge’s facing our continent, and which undermines health, and entrenches poverty.

Some people overemphasize impressive looking but narrow economic growth rates in some countries as a solution to poverty, overlooking that the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation amongst others has stated clearly in its 2013 report on food insecurity – that growth may raise some incomes, but higher economic growth may not reach everyone, and may not lead to more and better jobs for all, unless policies specifically target the poor, especially those in rural areas.

The FAO has further underlined that agricultural growth has been found to be much more effective than general economic growth at reducing poverty for […]

Nigeria: Study to Audit and Monitor Compliance and Implementation of Protocols, Conventions and Decisions of the African Union Member States

  The State of the Union Nigeria Report 2013 is a study to audit and monitor compliance and implementation of protocols, conventions and decisions of the African Union (AU) Member States of which Nigeria is party to. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has provided for the domestication of all international treaties that Nigeria ratified. The report focuses on the achievement of economic, social, political and cultural rights, which aim to improve standards of living of the citizens if well implemented. The study evaluates the gaps between policy and practice to ensure that the policies developed at the AU level have a positive impact on the development prospects at the national level. Generally, the results and the best emerging practices of the study will be used to engage with the AU Member States at the national, regional and continental level.
While the study has provided some useful recommendations, […]

The African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption

Context and Background
In 2003 the African Union (AU) adopted the African Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption and it subsequently came into force on the 5th of August 2006. 34 countries to date have ratified it. The convention focuses on the promotion of accountability and transparency in the management of public affairs and creating conditions that support socio-economic development. The convention aims to promote and strengthen mechanisms required to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption and related offences in the public and private sector. It was response to the high incidences of corruption, malfeasance and abuse of public offices in Africa.

The Issues
The convention seeks to promote, facilitate and regulate co-operation amongst African governments in ensuring the effectiveness of initiatives targeting the prevention, detection, punishment and eradication of corruption and related offences. The purpose is to ensure that African peoples can fully enjoy economic, social and cultural rights as well […]

The Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

The Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
Context and Background
The 1968 African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ACCNNR) was revised in 2003 by the African Union and boosts the commitment by African governments to protecting the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources and a collective approach to biodiversity conservation in Africa. The revised Convention is a comprehensive and modern regional treaty on environment and natural resources conservation, the first to deal with a wide spectrum of sustainable development issues, including land and soil, water, and biological diversity conservation and sustainable use. The original convention entered into force 16 June 1969 and currently has 31 ratifications from African countries. The revised convention will enter into force once it has been ratified by 15 African states. Currently 8 countries have ratified it.
 
The Issues
The fundamental principle of both conventions is to undertake […]