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Building and Strengthening Africa’s Policy for Sustainable Development

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Underdevelopment persists in African countries decades after independence, despite many of these countries receiving billions of dollars in aid, significant loans and numerous, and often highly complex, economic and social development programs. The reasons for this are many, and include poor planning, absence of the political will to implement change, lack of effective organization, mismanagement, corruption, inadequately trained manpower, and social strife.

A particular weakness with regards policy development by governments is the little or no input they seek from their populations, and the ill informed formulation of these policies. The consistent absence of analysis of past and future policies, their impact on social and economic development, and the lack of participation in their formulation is of real concern. But effective policies can be developed by governments. By clearly and deliberately seeking out the opinions of its people, governments would be better placed to ensure that the concerns of the vast majority are considered

The Center for African Affairs and Global Peace (CAAGLOP) intends to create the space that will encourage this essential civil participation, consultation and transformation. CAAGLOP wants to be a platform used to provide information to various peoples on policy-related issues, and to encourage public participation to influence the development and implementation of policies. Its activities intend to reach people in Africa and the Diaspora to raise awareness and to promote dialogue between policy makers and the general public. While the need for such interaction is much talked about, there are insufficient mechanisms in place for significant achievements to be made in this area; indeed, it is believed that there are no such mechanisms in Africa. CAAGLOP wants to facilitate this interaction by establishing and improving dialogue between various layers of society in issues relating to peace, governance, policy, women in society, children and development, access to health, trade, economy and environment.

It is believed that this dialogue and exchange will lead to dynamic participatory approaches in governance that will foster sustainable development, respect for human rights, conflict resolution and multi-level responsibility in civil affairs and public service.