Sunday, 13 January 2013
The Australian Government is optimistic about Africa and its prospects.
Australia’s aid to Africa reflects the Government’s commitment to being a good international citizen and to supporting global efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. This endeavour accords with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the United Nations’ Member States agreed to achieve the eight MDGs to reduce poverty by 2015.
The environment has never been better to realise Africa’s opportunities. According to a recent World Bank report, “Africa could be on the brink of an economic take-off, much like China was 30 years ago and India 20 years ago”. To capitalise on this opportunity, African countries need to be able to manage economic growth and development if real progress is to be made.
The AAPF is a key pillar of the Australian aid program in Africa which supports partner countries and institutions to develop their human resource skills. The Facility’s capacity building activities in the agriculture and food security, mining governance and public policy sectors are assisting Africans to make decisions about how to manage their resources.
About 1 800 representatives from 51 of the 54 African countries and the African Union have participated in AAPF activities. Participants have had the opportunity to leverage the networks they have established with Australians and fellow Africans to address their countries’ development priorities.
Australian organisations involved in AAPF activities have also benefited from the two-way learning experience and they have gained more awareness of international development issues.