APPG Reports

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The APPG has published 11 full policy and research reports on topics varying from Democracy in Africa to the Government’s Bilateral Aid Review, 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 important changes in UK Government policy have resulted from this – for instance in the past, a quadrupling of our aid for people with HIV/Aids in Africa, a new Bribery Act and funding for Parliamentary capacity building in Africa. 

The APPG additionally produces shorter reports based on APPG activities, for example the APPG’s submissions to Select Committee Inquiries, the most recent in October 2015 on the UK's response the the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and our submission in March 2016 to the Nigeria inquiry following the report from our Chair, Chi Onwurah MP who recently returned from a trade mission to Nigeria.

Links to past APPG reports can be found below. For hard copies please contact the APPG secretariat. 

Ongoing inquiries

2017 inquiry on Trade with and within Africa

Our current line of inquiry looks into Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) between the EU and regional economic areas in Africa. The inquiry aims to explore future trade arrangements between the UK and African countries in the post-Brexit and interim period and how arrangements can be of mutual benefit to both the UK and African development agendas. The Africa APPG has held various meetings since May 2016 on the subject , one of which was an initial exploratory meeting on EPAs held in June 2017- minutes and audio recording are available here.  We also took an MP led delegation to Namibia and South Africa in September 2016 to  understand these countries expreiences with EPAs, in particular the level of democratic oversight and parliamentary scrutiny of these agreements.  All of these events culminated in the launch of our 2017 report on Africa-UK Trade Relations post Brexit- available here.

The report  aims to unpack the opportunities that Brexit, and the new trade policies that will arise out of it, has provided both Africa and the UK to engage in mutually beneficial and fairer trade strategies and uses Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) as the basis through which these opportunities are identified.  It consists of two parts, an essay series and a case study (informed by the aforementioned MP led delgation to Nambia and South Africa). The essay series, written by experts and stakeholders such as Dr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina from the African Development Bank, focuses on the background, political economy and post Brexit opportunities and scenarios that EPAs present. The case study seeks to understand the role that Parliament and civil society played during these countries' EPA negotiations. By using these two countries' experiences with EPAs, the delegation report is able make suggestions on factors that both the UK and Africa should take into consideration when negotiating future trade agreements.

Inquiry Committee: Chi Onwurah MP, Lord Chidgey, Anne McLaughlin MP, Amanda Solloway MP, Lord Oates and Patrick Grady MP. 

 

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

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

All the Talents: How new roles and better teamwork can release potential and improve health services
July 2012

At a time of health worker shortages and financial constraints it is more important than ever to nurture and develop the talents of everyone working in healthcare – community workers, carers and the professionals – to help them achieve their full potential and thereby improve quality, reduce costs and increase access to health services. This report reviews how health workers around the world are taking on new roles. Nurses perform tasks previously undertaken by doctors, community health workers and nursing assistants learn new skills, and patients are becoming part of the healthcare team. This skill mix change – or task-shifting or task-sharing – can have a major beneficial impact on services.

Report on Africa APPG Visit to EU Headquarters in Brussels
March 2012

This is a report following on from the Africa APPG's  visit to Brussels in January to investigate the political relationship between Africa and the EU.  Nine Parliamentarians, as well as RAS Director Richard Dowden and APPG Coordinator Victoria Crawford, met MEPs and African Ambassadors at the European Parliament, and other high ranking officials at the European Commission, External Action Service.The report of the visit included a number of key questions for future consideration, and we were pleased to be able to share this with the House of Lords EU sub-Committee on External Affairs, which is conducting an inquiry on a similar topic.  The APPG has hosted a couple of follow-up meetings to this visit, including a roundtable for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with Nick Westcott, EU Managing Director for Africa. We plan to follow the visit to the EU with a visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa in 2013. 

DFID's Aid Priorities and Africa
January 2012

The Africa All Party Parliamentary Group report on the Department for International Development's aid priorities. The report  analyses the Government’s Bilateral Aid Review (BAR) published in 2011, which led the Department for International Development (DFID) to reduce the number of countries it operates in from 43 in 2008/9 to 27 by 2016 and questions the Government’s selection of countries to receive aid. The  cross party group concludes that the premise that DFID should operate more effectively in fewer countries is sensible, but the lack of objective criteria, the poor quality of some of the information used to select focus countries, and the lack of transparency of the process, mean the countries selected to receive aid are not the optimum choices.  The report also discusses the implications of the BAR for how UK aid should be spent in Africa.

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