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Title:Prospects and Challenges for the New Partnership for Africa's Development: Addressing Capacity Deficits
Author:Hope, Kempe R.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:capacity building
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Inter-African Relations
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589000600769967
Abstract:The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) offers a comprehensive strategic framework for addressing Africa's development challenges. This paper examines one of those challenges - the problem of capacity deficits. This problem could contribute to the unsteady implementation of NEPAD. The paper first summarizes Africa's development outcomes in some key areas since the introduction of NEPAD, viz. health, education, development of agriculture and infrastructure, and the environment. Next, it pays attention to the most innovative aspect of NEPAD, namely the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), and partnerships with the international community. This is followed by a discussion of the principal factors influencing capacity, viz. persistent poverty, emigration of skilled human capital, the deterioration of the educational system, weak governance systems and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Next, the paper outlines key areas for capacity development in Africa, viz. the public services, the legislative bodies, the justice systems, the local governments, civil society and the private sector, and infrastructure. Finally, it looks at partnerships for capacity development in Africa, focusing on institutions such as the African Capacity Building Initiative (ACBF), the World Bank and the UNDP. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]