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AFRICA IN FOCUS >> Coming up on 21 October, 2014: Review of CCDA4 and Ninth African Development Forum in Context of UN@69
CCDA4 and Ninth African Development Forum in Context of UN@69
significant UN conferences are over.
which was the Fourth edition of the Conference (CCDA-IV) was convened in
Marrakesh, Morocco from 8-10 October 2014 on the theme: "Africa Can
Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action". The
theme selection was in recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture. For this
reason, the spotlight was on climate knowledge opportunities that can transform
agricultural production systems to feed Africa sustainably.
policy-influencing space organized each year under the auspices of the Climate
for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, ClimDev-Africa is a consortium of three
leading pan-African institutions i.e. the African Union Commission (AUC), the
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African
Development Bank (AfDB).
The second, which was the Ninth African Development Forum, was held in
Marrakech, Morocco, from 12 to 16 October 2014 on the theme “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation”. The
Forum offered a platform for prominent African stakeholders to share key
information and participate in more focused and in-depth discussions on issues
relating to innovative financing mechanisms in the following four thematic
·New forms of
The Forum further
sought to enhance Africa’s capacity to explore innovative financing mechanisms
as real alternatives for financing transformative development in Africa.
the Forum was seeking to build on best practices, innovative policies and
strategies, and institutional and governance frameworks. It also aimed to be
guided by evidence-based knowledge and information on the range of options and
their scope for leveraging opportunities for financing Africa’s sustainable
The ADF is
convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African
Development Bank and other key partners with a view to establishing an
African-driven development agenda that reflects consensus and leads to specific
programmes for implementation.
two conferences that seem to have made little impact in countries like Ghana.
Unlike in Morocco, where it made headline news, Ghana papers barely got a
look-in – save for one journalist from Kumasi covering the CCDA-IV.
complain about yet-two more UN conferences at a time the UN is turning 69 on 24
October, have we not arrived at a point where the Global South accepts that the
UN is probably still only the international Forum that continually seeks to
allow the African voice to be heard? So even as there were few African lawyers;
policy-makers; and African negotiators at the Fourth Conference on Climate and
Development in Africa (CCDA-IV), and represented at the Ninth African
Development Forum, can we surmise that the UN continues to be the sole space
where a semblance of advocacy for equity around global concerns can be
In this 20th
edition of AIF, we want to look at diplomatic relations between non-Ghanaian
countries and Ghana, with a special focus on Morocco, and ask whether it is
still important for African countries to create synergy with North Africans.
What about experiences of intra-African travel? If CCDA-IV is anything to go
by, it made a nonsense of continental African solidarity on entry into African
countries. Interestingly, however, it showed in unique cases that African
diplomats were ready to pull the envelope to help their citizens out of trouble
– something that is very refreshing. Finally, we will be speaking to two
African journalists to get a sense of how they experienced the two conferences,
and leave the show with a clear sense of the way forward on tackling Africa’s
existential threat of climate, and better-mobilising resources for the Africa’s
Guiding Questions to be answered:
·How difficult was it getting a visa/visa-on-arrival
to Morocco from respective countries (Cameroon; Kenya; Ghana)?
·What does the treatment by Moroccan
officials at Ghana’s Embassy say about Ghana-Morocco relations; and Morocco’s
relationship with other African countries?
·Is synergy with North Africa still a
good idea in Africa’s development?
·After CCDA-IV and ADF9, is the UN
still a great idea for African countries?
·Is the so-called international
development community finally getting it right on Africa’s development by
involving more sectors, including private?
·Are journalists and media
practitioners better-communicating conferences, such as the CCDA-IV and 9th
African Development Forum, better than before – or is the jury still out?
On the line
ABANTU, Civil Society activist,Ghana @13h50