The workshop focused on two main items: the presentation of progress reports on projects supported by the research fund, and the possibility of setting up a network of Central African researchers to promote their professional interests and serve as a reliable partner in investment climate reform for investors, donors, and public‐sector decision makers. Fourteen participants from three countries made presentations on their work: ten from Cameroon, three from the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), and one from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This report emanates from a survey of African Regional Organizations (AROs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Research Institutes and Think Tanks initiated by TrustAfrica in 2007. The aim of the survey was to help identify opportunities and strategies for donor agencies, and in particular private foundations, to consider in helping to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of African regional organizations. It is the first time an audit of this kind has been conducted.
The Southern Africa Trust would like to thank the research team that was led by Bhekinkosi Moyo of TrustAfrica. He was assisted by Che Ajulu; Michele Ruiters and Nhamo Samasuwo of the Institute for Global Dialogue. The lead researcher wishes to thank Michele and Che for reading and commenting on the preliminary report. From Southern Africa Trust, appreciation goes to Neville Gabriel, Barbara Kalima- Phiri and Thembinkosi Mhlongo, who gave valuable support and input into the study. The study would not have been possible without the participation of various respondents throughout southern Africa and the rest of the continent. The Southern Africa Trust also extends its gratitude and appreciation to delegates who participated in the first-ever dialogue meeting between CSOs and the Pan African Parliament in May (7-8) 2007 at the margins of the 7th Session of the Pan African Parliament. Their contributions have been integrated into the report.