Resources

The Royal African Society, in conjunction with the APPG for Africa, publishes regular policy reports. Our reports are usually part of a wider investigation into a particular issue that needs attention and will include policy recommendations that will be submitted to Her Majesty’s Government for response.

 

The UK 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 as a direct result of our recommendations. The APPG also produces shorter policy briefs based on our work to inform inquiries of official parliamentary committees.

 

Our policy reports focus on specific, sometimes overlooked issues, relating to the UK’s relationship with Africa that may need extra attention or reform. Topics are chosen in conjunction with the elected parliamentary officers of the APPG for Africa and selected based on where there is a clear need for closer oversight and where an APPG inquiry can add the most value.

 

The APPG is open to partnering on inquires with like-minded organisations where there is a mutual interest. Inquires usually last 6-12 months and will include an open public consultation on the terms of reference, evidence gathering sessions in parliament, parliamentary delegations (when funding is available) and arranging meetings between parliamentarians and various experts and stakeholders within the inquiry area. Upon conclusion of the inquiry, a policy report complete with recommendations for UK Government is published and a response usually received from the responsible Ministers.

 

These reports are used as tools to grow awareness and interest in a specific issue within Parliament and Whitehall and used to advocate for positive change.

 

 

APPG for Africa policy reports

 

 

2020

Written evidence for the House of Commons Women and Equality Commission: Inquiry into Covid 19 & impact on BAME people (June)

This written submission from the APPG for Africa together with the Royal African Society and AFFORD-UK drawers on our public-parliamentary webinar looking into the disproportionate impact that Covid 19 has on BAME communities in the UK.

 

Policy briefing: Mental Health in Africa (January)

A policy briefing for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Africa following a wider consultation in partnership with the Centre for Global Mental Health at LHTSM, the Mental Health Innovation Network and CBM International.

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2019

 

Inquiry report: Visa problems for African Visitors to the UK (July)

A joint All-Party Parliamentary Group Report by the APPG for Africa, the APPG for Diaspora, Development & Migration and the APPG for Malawi

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Written evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (October)

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Written evidence to the House of Lords International Relations Committee (October)

This was submitted in response to the call for evidence for this inquiry on Sub-Saharan Africa. The Royal African Society also submitted written evidence separately of the APPG. Watch our Director giving oral evidence here.

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2018

 

Africa APPG submission to the International Trade Committee

Submission from the APPG Africa & Royal African Society to the International Trade Committee-inquiry into trade relations with developing countries

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2017

 

Inquiry Report: The Future of Africa UK Relations Post Brexit (July)

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Africa APPG & RAS Submission to Trade Bill Committee

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2016

 

Inquiry Report: Lessons from Ebola Affected Communities: Being prepared for future health crises

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2015

 

Written submission to the House of Commons International Development Committee inquiry on responses to the Ebola Crisis

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2014

 

Inquiry Report: Democracy and Development in Africa

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Democracy Soup – Letter of Response from then Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone

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Written submission to the House of Commons International Development Committee 

Written evidence submission from Africa APPG to the International Development Committee Inquiry on the ICAI report on DFID’s approach to anticorruption

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2013

 

Written evidence submitted by the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

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Booklet: Parliamentarians Ending Poverty 

An accompanying guide to international development in Parliament

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2012

 

Inquiry report: DFID’s Aid Priorities and Africa

A Report on the Bilateral Aid Review by the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group

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All the Talents

How new roles and better teamwork can release potential and improve health services

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Security and Africa: An Update 

A collection of essays on developments in the field of security and Africa since the UK Government’s 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

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Brief: Africa APPG Report on EU Visit

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Letter from PM MDGs

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International Development APPGs – Post-MDG Declaration

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2011

 

Royal African Society and Libya-Analysis.com:

Submission 1: The State of the Transition and Britain’s Role

Submission to Foreign Affairs Select Committee inquiry: British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy.

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Royal African Society and Libya-Analysis.com:

Submission 2: Business Opportunities for British Companies

Submission to Foreign Affairs Select Committee inquiry: British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy.

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2010

 

Written submission: Security and Africa

The Africa All Party Parliamentary Group’s submission to the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review

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2009

 

Inquiry report: Land in Zimbabwe: Past Mistakes, Future Prospects

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2008

 

Inquiry report: Strengthening Parliaments in Africa: Improving Support

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2006

 

Inquiry report: The Other Side of the Coin

The UK and Corruption in Africa

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2005

 

Inquiry report: The UK Government and Africa in 2005: How joined up is Whitehall?

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2004

 

Inquiry report: Averting Catastrophe: AIDS in 21st Century Africa

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