APPG Reports

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Policy Reports

The Royal African Society with the APPG has published 11 full policy and research reports, the most recent of which is on Africa-UK Trade and Development Cooperation Relations in the Transitional and Post Brexit Period launched in February 2017.  The Government has responded to our reports in broadly the same way that Ministers respond to Select Committee reports, and some important changes in UK Government policy have followed our reccomendations.

The APPG additionally produces shorter reports based on APPG activities, for example the APPG’s submissions to Select Committee Inquiries, the most recent in February 2018 where the APPG & RAS submitted evidence to the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons and to the Trade Bill Committee based on the work on UK-Africa trade post-Brexit. Prior to that, in October 2015 the APPG submitted to the International Development Committee on the UK's response the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and in March 2016 to their Nigeria inquiry following the report from APPG Chair, Chi Onwurah MP who had recently returned from a trade mission to Nigeria.

Links to past APPG policy reports can be found at the bottom of the page.

For information on ongoing inquiries, see Advocacy Work

 

Africa APPG Annual Reports (including AGM minutes and Income & Expenditure Statements):

2017-2018 Annual Report

2016-2017 Annual Report

2015-2016 Annual Report

2014-15 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report

2012-13 Annual Report 

2011-12 Annual Report

2010-11 Annual Report

2009-10 Annual Report

APPG Africa & RAS submission to Trade Bill Committee
February 2018

This is the submission of the APPG for Africa together with the Royal African Society to the Trade Bill Committee in February 2018. This submission is based on the APPG report of February 2017 of UK-Africa trade post-Brexit. For more infromation on the work of the Trade Bill Committee and other written evidence submitted please see here

The Future of Africa-UK Trade and Development Relations Post-Brexit
February 2017

The Africa All Party Parliamentary Group (AAPPG) began work on a report into the impacts of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African states in December 2015. Following the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum vote in June 2016, the focus of this inquiry was changed to consider the lessons from the EPA negotiations for future UK trade policy post-Brexit. The final report features a summary of a study trip made by MPs to Southern Africa, a set of 11 essays and some overall policy recommendations. The final report was published in February 2017 and was then cited in a parliamentary debate by the Chair of the AAPPG, Chi Onwurah MP on 9 March 2017. The AAPPG report was also submitted to a recent International Trade Committee inquiry into the UK’s future trade relationships with developing countries, particularly those in the Commonwealth.

A key recommendation of the report is that in the short-term continuity of trade between Africa and the UK must be secured via a Generalised Scheme of Preferences and that longer-term the UK should aim to negotiate a trade agreement which truly supports Africa's regional integration agenda and the ambitions for an African Continental Free Trade Area. 

Lessons from Ebola affected communities: being prepared for future health crises.
March 2016

At Westminster between October 2014 and May 2015 the Africa APPG held a series of panel discussions on the international Ebola response in West Africa. Panellists who had worked in Ebola-affected communities stressed repeatedly that the response was being hindered by a fear and a lack of trust between national actors, international actors and affected communities.  Consequently, the Africa APPG together with Polygeia launched an inquiry into attempts to engage the affected communities in the response.

The inquiry received 31 written submissions and held numerous evidence gathering meetings. To ensure the voices of affected communities were represented in the report, 23 key informants were interviewed. In Sierra Leone these were conducted by Restless Development and in Liberia by the Public Health and Development Imitative in Liberia.

The chief finding is that efforts to curb the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa were most effective when local leaders of affected communities led the demand for assistance from their governments and the international actors and played an essential leadership role in the management of that assistance.

The chief recommendation is that the UK government and non-governmental organisations should give higher priority to community ownership of health. This would strengthen local health systems and enable them to respond more effectively to a crisis.

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