The African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR), together with the support of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will host the Third Africa for Results Forum (AfriK4R) from 13 to 15 July in Nairobi, Kenya.
This meeting, the third in a series, aimed at improving the lives of citizens across Africa using MfDR principles to bring about sustainable change. The 3rd AfriK4R Forum will focus specifically on domestic resource mobilization and will share and discuss innovative practices, solutions and mechanisms in mobilizing domestic financial resources in Africa.
Over the past two decades, Africa has seen a remarkable economic growth. According to the World Bank, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth has averaged 4.5 percent a year during 1995-2013 and this trend is likely to continue. However, sustaining that growth requires adequate financial resources to allow African governments to increasingly invest in economically and socially productive activities that will improve the living conditions of the people. In the current context of declining Official Development Assistance, African countries need to tap into their own resources to finance the development of the continent. Yet, as evidenced by the 2015 Africa Capacity Report by ACBF, African countries face various challenges, capacity being the most important, preventing them from effectively mobilizing domestic resources. The report outlined four capacity building areas namely: revenue collection, curbing illicit financial flows, strengthening financial sector and fighting corruption.
In line with the aforementioned capacity challenges, this meeting will involve policy makers, leaders, scholars and practitioners from public and private sectors as well as civil society organizations who are involved in development, DRM (domestic resource mobilization) and MfDR (management for development results) to discuss and share experiences and lessons on how countries can effectively increase their domestic resources and make an efficient utilization. The 3rd Africa for Results (AfriK4R) Forum seeks to further a results culture in Africa and contribute to the continent’s transformation agenda. This will be realized through knowledge sharing and dialogue on mainstreaming results-based management in support of key institutional reforms in a bid to enhance domestic resource mobilization required for achieving the desired national and continental development results. The Forum builds on the 2nd AfriK4R Forum held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in June 2015 on regional integration, and the African Community of Practice Annual Meeting to enhance development effectiveness on the continent.