July 21, 2011, 9:26 p.m.
The Transformative Power of Partnerships: Africa Progress Report 2011 by the Africa Progress Panel looks at many different factors affecting Africa over the past year as well as looking forward to Africa’s future. The report covers the following areas: economic growth, governance, peace and security, social development, food and nutrition security, climate change, development finance and cooperation, role of partnerships, and obstacles to success. The governance section states that Africa has not moved forward significantly in regards to governance, but there have been improvements in some countries and in specific areas. There are chronic governance problems seen throughout Africa, such as, “state fragility, endemic corruption, and widespread lack of basic freedoms”. However, there seems to have been an increase in accountability among many countries, not to mention the call for change that took place in Tunisia and Egypt. There have been improvements in economic and resource governance with many countries signing onto the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). For more information the report can be accessed here.