ACBF will on 22 March 2013 launch its third Africa Capacity Indicators Report (ACIR) focusing on Capacity Development for Natural Resource Management (NRM).
The publication analyzes the challenges, opportunities, and possibilities that African countries face in managing natural resources and the revenue they generate. In that context, it considers success stories that span a variety of countries and industries. Among them :
Botswana, which rose from low to middle-income country status on economic growth driven by the diamond trade, instituted a “diamond beneficiation program” to diversify its economy and foster entrepreneurialism in additional sectors.
Liberia has transformed its management of the forestry sector by formulating new policies, building institutional capacity, and developing a system for curbing corruption and reducing the transnational illicit timber trade.
Sierra Leone has strengthened its institutional capacity for promoting economic growth driven by the exploitation of iron ore and other natural resources.
Mozambique has canceled the contracts or reduced the land grants awarded to 1500 forestry investors in response to non-compliance with investment plans.
Ethiopia is setting an example of capacity building in institutions of higher education by creating new education programs in natural resource management and eco-tourism.
As in previous years, the Africa Capacity Index (ACI) reveals that African countries’ capacity building strengths are in their policy environments and implementation processes.
Moreover, the rapid expansion of sovereign wealth fund launches across the continent—a response by resource-rich nations that seek to manage their resources—provides powerful evidence that African states are embracing fiscal prudence.
The 44 countries surveyed in this year’s Index exhibited the weakest performance, as in previous years, in achieving development outcomes.
In view of the current landscape, the Report advocates increased leadership development and capacity building ; institutional independence, accountability, and transparency ; effective natural resources regulation ; planning agency integration and coordination ; and conduits for learning from success stories as strategies for realizing continued improvements in performance.
source : ACBF
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