African Union Development Agency – AUDA-NEPAD opens office in Nairobi

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) officially opened a Regional office for Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, on 16 September, 2019.
This follows a decision by the African Heads of State and Government, who during the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit held in Mauritania in 2018, approved the transformation of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) into the African Union Development Agency (AUDA).

From left to right are Mr Daniel Osiemo, CEO of NEPAD/APRM Kenya and Prof. Aggrey Ambali, AUDA-NEPAD Director in charge of Resource Mobilization, cutting the symbolic ribbon during the opening ceremony.

During the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State, an official decision was taken and approved to establish “African Union Development Agency” (AUDA-NEPAD) as the technical body of the African Union with its own legal identity, defined by its own statute. The current reforms at the AU are an affirmation by Member States of their commitment to the NEPAD Agency as the Union’s own instrument established to champion catalytic support to countries and regional bodies in advancing the implementation of the continent’s development vision – as articulated in the Seven Aspirations and 20 Goals of Africa Union Agenda 2063. A core aspect of the current reforms is to streamline and improve effectiveness and efficiency in delivery in the implementation of AU decisions, policies and programs across all AU organs and institutions. This calls for bringing AUDA-NEPAD services delivery closer to Member States and therefore the need to set up regional offices in Africa.

Staff from AUDA-NEPAD African Biosafety Network of Expertise and NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat pose for photo during the opening of the AUDA-NEPAD Regional office for Eastern Africa.

As the African Union’s legitimate technical and implementation support Agency, the AUDA-NEPAD mandate highlights five key areas, namely: To coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realisation of Agenda 2063 ; to strengthen the capacity of AU Members States and regional bodies; Advance knowledge-based advisory support to AU Member States; Undertake the full range of resource mobilization; and Serve as the continent’s technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders, and development partners.
The new Nairobi office will implement the AUDA-NEPAD mandate in Eastern Africa, extend to other 55 members states as needed and work in close collaboration and synergy with the role played by the NEPAD / African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Kenya Secretariat in Kenya and in Eastern Africa. The purpose of AUDA-NEPAD’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa Nairobi is to bring the services, activities and impacts AUDA-NEPAD undertakes closer to AU member states in Eastern Africa and regional bodies such as the East African Community (EAC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Since its inception, NEPAD provides unique opportunities for African countries to take full control of their development agendas, to work more closely together and to cooperate more effectively with international partners. NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) was established in February 2010 as an outcome of the integration of NEPAD into the AU’s structures and processes. During the past decade, the Agency has managed several programmes and projects in four investment portfolios, namely Natural Resources Governance, Youth and Skills Development, Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade, and Industrialization, Science, Technology and Innovation. The Africa Union Member States approval to elevate NEPAD to Africa Union Development Agency will certainly strengthen the capacities and mandate of NEPAD to fully implement the AU development programmes and effectively address any new development challenges facing the continent.