Equitable Development

Issue areas- pro-poor economic policy, poverty and inequality,resource rights, corporate accountability, domestic resource mobilization, social policy, and gender justice.

Africa is endowed with a vast wealth of natural resources, which if governed properly, can be a driver for inclusive growth and economic transformation. Climate change has emerged as an urgent issue as competition for water, land and other natural resources threatens food security and human security. Meanwhile, African youth need education that prepares them to be employable in a rapidly changing world of work.

This program area builds on the impact of many of our initiatives, including curbing illicit financial flows from Africa, securing policies to help smallholder farmers, and reforming higher education. The latter includes a high-level summit we co-hosted with the Government of Senegal and CODESRIA which fed into the AU Continental Education Strategy for Africa, 2016–2025.

Program’s Strategic Aims

Resource governance
Promote a well-governed natural resources sector that generates optimum revenues to finance social development, inclusive growth and economic transformation.
Climate justice and food sovereignty
Support initiatives aimed at climate justice, improving the protection of the environment and promoting food sovereignty in Africa.
Education, youth, and the future of work
Promote reforms in education and higher education models to enable Africa, especially youth, to find work in an era of rapid globalization and the technological change.