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"L’impossibilité d’accéder à des services financiers formels est un frein majeur à l’avènement d’une croissance porteuse de transformations profondes sur le continent. Le niveau d’accès aux services financiers en Afrique est le moins élevé au monde", écrit Caroline kende-Robb dans le Huffington Post.
Découvrez son billet sur la nécessité de transformation du secteur bancaire et financier en Afrique: http://bit.ly/1YyRMM6
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In digital technology, today’s African leaders have a powerful tool that can help reduce the profound isolation of the vast majority of smallholder farmers, says Kofi Annan : http://bit.ly/1VjBZiv
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10 bonnes raisons de garder un œil sur l’Afrique en 2016 : voici les scénarios que nous envisageons pour le continent : http://bit.ly/1WrmS6U
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Le cinquième Forum de la jeunesse de l’ECOSOC se tient actuellement à New York sous le thème « Jeunes en action pour la mise en œuvre de l'Agenda 2030 ». L’Afrique est la région la plus jeune au monde. La moitié de sa population a moins de 25ans, et la tranche d’âge des 15-24 ans augmente de près de 3% par an (http://bit.ly/1Ubz5vI).
A votre avis, comment les jeunes africains peuvent-ils participer à la mise en œuvre de l'Agenda 2030 ? UN Economic and Social Council
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Les inégalités continuent de se creuser: « 62 personnes possèdent autant que la moitié de la population mondiale », nous apprend l’ONG Oxfam International qui, dans le même temps, lance un appel à mettre fin à l’ère des paradis fiscaux.
«30 % des avoirs financiers africains seraient placés sur des comptes offshore, ce qui représente un manque à gagner fiscal de 14 milliards de dollars par an pour le continent », ajoute-elle.
Dans ses trois derniers rapports, l’Africa Progress Panel n’a cessé d’appeler à l’arrêt des fuites illicites de capitaux qui minent les efforts de développement de notre continent : http://bit.ly/1PCVv56
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Plus de 700 millions de personnes, soit 4/5 de la population africaine, continuent d’utiliser le charbon et le bois de chauffage pour la cuisine. L’atteinte des objectifs de développement durable en Afrique sera gravement compromise si une telle situation perdure.

Mais, un usage accru des cuiseurs propres contribuerait à réduire la pollution domestique et les risques sanitaires y afférant. Il permettrait de sauvegarder l’environnement et de conférer à des millions de nos concitoyens la dignité d’accès à l’énergie moderne.

Plus de détails dans notre rapport «Energie, population, planète» http://bit.ly/21g6XyX
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"In Africa, climate change may already be responsible for falling water levels in West African rivers; lower fruit production in the Sahel; fewer fish in the Great Lakes region; and the spread of malaria in the Kenyan uplands", says Kofi Annan, Chair, Africa Progress Panel.
In December 2015 in Paris, more than 150 global leaders pledged to accelerate climate action at national and international level. Mr. Annan indicates that "in order to fulfill the Paris agreement, we must ensure that governments keep their promises." See more here: http://bit.ly/1Z4MVBb.
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“A robust food system will not only prevent starvation. It will fight poverty, disease, and malnutrition; create businesses and jobs; and boost Africa’s economies”, Kofi Annan and Sam Dryden write in Foreign Affairs Special Issue—African Farmers in the Digital Age: http://bit.ly/1VjBZiv
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It is high time to move beyond simple calorie provision and think about agriculture in a more holistic way, say Kofi Annan and Sam Dryden. Lean how digital solutions can help African farmers take their success to scale http://bit.ly/1WrmS6U
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True indeed agriculture can play the trick. How then do we break the barrier of our land tenure system that is so prone on the continent?

Authority finds it difficult and is exacibated by lack of education in the majority of our people.

Very few can relinquish their land for modern agricultural transformation.

The must be a lot of education to create sufficient awareness for custodians of land to see reasons to relinguish such to those who want to venture into that sector.

In my country, the full weight of the government had to be brought to bear on locals for Dangote to be implanted.

Heracles farm for palms plantation after more than 7years is still negotiating for land with the indigenes and seems to be lossing the fight because land tenureship is so complicated.

It is not by horsewhip because the locals will not collaborate. And a good venture will never work.

Agriculture indeed has the greatest potential because it can easily become a pool for subsidiaries and ancillary industries and digital solutions will just fall in place.

The current draughts in Ethiopia is just a temporal set back otherwise it would have been a good pioneer in industrialising agriculture, with the use of digital solutions to increase its scale.
Africa would have learned a lot from their example.

Every crop grown on the continent is to a large extend still waiting for it's industrialization.

Take the reckless abundant of forest fruits, the avocado, the mango, the teaming numerous spices and fruits are all waiting to be transformed.

Which model has to be applied in the different stages?

Perhaps design engineers may be the ones to play the trick.

Designing specific machines for specific crops.

The has to be a complete rethinking of how to go about handling and transforming these diversity of crops.

One thing, the local farmer is tied of hearing of bugoos machines that runs into hundreds of millions.
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Le cinquième Forum de la jeunesse de l’ECOSOC se tient actuellement à New York sous le thème « Jeunes en action pour la mise en œuvre de l'Agenda 2030 ». L’Afrique est la région la plus jeune au monde. La moitié de sa population a moins de 25ans, et la tranche d’âge des 15-24 ans augmente de près de 3% par an (http://bit.ly/1Ubz5vI).
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"The world has rallied around clear targets [on climate change] that now need to be implemented to avoid a looming climate catastrophe", says Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, Kofi Annan. bit.ly/1QRgVke.
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"Africa and the new generation of leaders in Africa have learned from the [South] Korean experience and I believe that they will continue trying hard to follow this past", says Panel Member Michel Camdessus.
In his interview with TBS eFM Primetime, a broadcasting station based in Seoul, Mr. Camdessus argues that Africa is extremely endowed and has "excellent opportunities in the field of wind, solar, and geothermal energy" Listen here: http://bit.ly/1OrAGfj.
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Advocating for an Africa that is prosperous, stable and fair
Introduction
The Africa Progress Panel (APP) consists of ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa. Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel laureate, chairs the APP and is closely involved in its day-to-day work.

The life experiences of Panel members give them a formidable capability to access a wide cross-section of society including at the highest levels in Africa and across the globe. As a result, the Panel functions in a unique policy space with the ability to target decision-making audiences, including African and other world leaders, heads of state, leaders of industry, plus a broad range of stakeholders at the global, regional, and national levels.

The Panel facilitates coalition building to leverage and broker knowledge, and convene decision-makers to influence policy and create change for Africa. The Panel has extensive networks of policy analysts across Africa. By bringing together experts with a focus on Africa, the APP contributes to generating evidence-based policies.

More at http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/about/