The African Union Commission in Partnership with FHI360, a USAID-funded project under the African Union Partnership (AUP) organized an Exhibition parallel to the 1st Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Education Science and Technology (STC-EST). The exhibition involved model Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) and exhibitors show casing Space Science initiatives from African countries. Participants included AU Ministers of Education, Science and Technology; Senior Education, Science and Technology Officials; Regional Economic Communities; Development Partners (as observers).

Objectives:

  1. Update Ministers on the status of on-going programmes and on RECs and Member States’ performance in the education, science and technology sectors;
  2. Discuss AU Summit Decisions relevant to the conduct of education, science and technology on the continent;
  3. Consider the Education and TVET strategies and the STISA implementation plan;
  4. Consider the Africa Space Policy and Strategy;
  5. Consider funding and mobilization of resources, especially domestic resources; and
  6. Establish precedence for conducting AU continental business in the fields of education, science and technology

The project was done in October 2015. More information: 

Achievements:

  • Endorsement of the Continental Strategy for Education for Africa (CESA 16-25) and other continental strategies, roadmaps and implementation plans in education, science and technology;
  • Agreement on reporting and follow up mechanisms for the continental agenda;Actions for decisions during the next Summit of Heads of State.
  • Actions for decisions during the next Summit of Heads of State.


Replication: 
the following can be replicated in other countries:

  • Election of a new Ministerial Bureau for the running of the STC in the following two years
  • New mechanisms for partnerships to promote greater complementarity between Education and STI sectors in the continent with special focus on the AU Agenda 2063 journey.
  • Provision of updates on the status of on-going programmes, as well as RECs and member States’ performance in the education, science and technology sectors
  • TVET strategies, the STISA implementation plan, and the Africa Space Policy and Strategy

Contact details:
Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST)
Directorate of Information and Communication
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
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Telephone: +251 11 551 7700 / +251 11 518 25 58

The Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) extends from east of the Cape of Good Hope, northwards to Cabinda Province in Angola and encompasses the full extent of Namibia`s marine environment. It is a major coastal upwelling ecosystem and an important centre of marine biodiversity and marine food production.

The Benguela is particularly productive in terms of fisheries resources, but top predators such as seabirds and marine mammals are also abundant. Commercial fisheries and the extraction of non-living natural resources such as oil, gas, diamonds and other minerals, are the focus of industrial activities in the region.

The five-year Strategic Action Programme (2015-2019) that was developed and adopted by the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa in 2014, recognises that the scope of the BCC has changed from a fisheries focused interim Commission to a fully-fledged, multi-sectoral inter-governmental body. Similarly, the Implementation Plan that was developed to replace the Norwegian-funded Science Programme has a broad scope: it details the actions required to meet the objectives of the Benguela Current Convention and is structured around eight themes, namely:

  1. Marine living resources;
  2. Non-living resources;
  3. Productivity and environmental variability;
  4. Pollution;
  5. Ecosystem health;
  6. Human dimensions;
  7. Potential for economic development; and
  8. Governance.

The Implementation Plan provides a framework for developing detailed science projects that address each of these themes.

The objective of this second phase of the BCLME Programme will be to deliver the following outcomes that reflect BCLME SAP implementation requirements and recommendations:

  • Strengthening the institutional capacity and effectiveness of the regional Benguela Current Commission;
  • Negotiating and securing an agreed and appropriate BCLME Treaty to support the BCC National Level;
  • Implementation of the BCLME SAP (through appropriate Policy, Legislative and Management Reforms), which are extended to the community level through the support of partners such as D-LIST;
  • Securing Sustainable Capacity for Long-Term Maintenance of the LME Management Components -Overall Capture and Transfer of Knowledge Products and Best Practices, and Information Networking through cooperation and coordination with GEF/IW:LEARN

Achievements: The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated,

The Programme has been highly successful in developing regional partnerships in support of transboundary LME resource management, and in capturing accurate knowledge on ecosystem functions and trends. Also, the activities supported by the BCLME Programme have made a significant contribution to capacity building and knowledge enhancement and successfully captured vital information necessary for an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to LME management. Furthermore, regional collaboration at both the public and private sector levels has been significantly strengthened. A GEF co-sponsored initiative of the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. UNDP will facilitate a regional treaty between the 3 countries identifying thematic areas and operational procedures for cooperation in sustainably managing the BCLME’s shared living marine resources and mitigating associated threats. This treaty will be administered and supported through a multinational Commission consisting of a Conference of Ministers, an overall management body and a series of management and technical groups supported by the countries and focusing on the priority LME policy actions as identified in the SAP (e.g. harmonised management of living marine resources, environmental variability and prediction, required adaptations to the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and its living resources, etc.).

See mid-term and terminal evaluation reports: http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/3305/evaluations/bclme-sap-imp-midterm-evaluation-report/view

Budget: 
Total Original Budget: $5,138,460 
Latest Total Expenditure: $5,017,243 
Credit Remaining: $121,217

Contact details:

Physical address: 
NATMIRC Complex 
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources 
1 Strand Street Swakopmund Namibia

Postal address:
Private Bag 5031
Swakopmund, Namibia
Telephone: +264 64 406901
Fax: +264 64 406902/3
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Project contacts:

  • Nico E. Willemse, Senior Project Manager, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), BCLME SAP IMP Project
  • Hashali Hamukuaya, Executive Secretary, Benguela Current LME Programme
  • Abraham IYAMBO, Minister, Namibia; Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development,
  • Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Technical Adviser , United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 13:57

The main objective of the project is to develop and implement the first Human Milk Bank (HMB) in Cape Verde. The HBM aims to fight neonatal malnutrition by welcoming recently born children who face nutrition problems. The project will support the purchase of the necessary equipment, the technical training of national staff to process and perform quality controls of human breast milk, and the development and implementation of an information system for the HMB in the country. About 20 national experts will be trained to transform the HMB into a national reference.

Specific objectives:

  • Develop local strategies which have an impact on conditions of life (reducing morbidity rates and preventable deaths of new-borns in intensive and semi-intensive neonatal care units in countries that have implemented HMB).
  • Promote conditions for actors to endorse the Global Network of HMB´s objectives included in the 2005, 2010 and 2015 Brasilia Letters, signed by representatives of partner countries.
  • Build strategies and tools which encourage sustainable actions in the health sector for HMBs, such as technical regulations and laws that guide the implementation and operations of HMBs - as a public health strategy of cooperating countries.
  • Implement sectoral strategies and social policies in favour of breastfeeding and human milk donations in cooperating countries, such as the creation of the World Day of Human Milk Donation; mobilization during World Breastfeeding Week, promote forums and seminars, and maintain permanent communication channels.
  • Increase the efficiency of the management system within the framework of institutions holding HMB, with the development of monitoring tools and performance evaluation indicators of the countries’ which have implemented HMB.
  • Build methods of work which lead to community empowerment and social transformation in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding, as well as in the promotion of human milk donations in cooperating countries.
  • Create educational and training material which responds to social and cultural diversity, for instance for actions which specifically target different aboriginal ethnic groups, hard of hearing people, and imprisoned women.
  • Stimulate innovative actions which increase technology and knowledge exchanges in the framework of breastfeeding and HMBs.

The project was initiated in September 2008 and completed in December 2013.

Achievements:

  1. The project participated in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality.
  2. The progress achieved so far in countries that have implemented the HMB confers legitimacy to the Global Network of HMBs as a global association that contributes to the health-related objectives included in the SDGs.
  3. The project allowed the creation and implementation of the first HMB in Africa to fight against child malnutrition.
  4. The solution not only establishes the Bank but also trains professionals in order for the Bank be sustained by locals.

Replication: The implementation of a HBM and training of qualified staff to operate the bank. In addition to its low-cost and positive impact, the HMB Network is recognized by WHO and UNDP as one of the initiatives that most contributed to human development in the Southern Hemisphere, by promoting practical solutions that can be replicated, scaled-up and adapted in other countries.

Budget: US$ 168,144.09 (total budget)

Contact details:
Governo da República Federativa do Brasil
Agência Brasileira de Cooperação
SAF/Sul Quadra 2, Lote 2, Bloco B, 4º Andar, Edifício Via Office
Brasília – DF, Brasil

Coordenação Geral de Cooperação Técnica Bilateral: 
Wofsi Yuri G. de Souza
Coordinator
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Juliana Fronzaglia
Manager
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The proposed long-term solution for biodiversity conservation in Togo is to strengthen the management of the system of protected areas (PA) through effective approaches to rehabilitation and management of PA. The Project is funded by West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). UNDP will help Togo develop prerequisites to be able to join in the coming years the initiative for the conservation of biodiversity led by Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger in partnership EU, WAEMU and UNDP.

Goal: Protect the globally significant biodiversity in Togo’s Savanna Biomes and ensure PA connectivity at the eco-regional level.

Objective: Strengthen Togo’s protected area system management to improve its contribution to the conservation of biodiversity by applying effective approaches to PA rehabilitation and management.

More information:

PA estate covering approximately 578,000 hectares, covering a large region in Togo

Running for five years, from 2012- 2017

PA operationalization of the OKM complex in Togo, with implementation at the site level of rehabilitation measures, participatory management arrangements and rehabilitation of connectivity at Eco-regional level.

Use of key monitoring tools, typical of GEF Biodiversity projects, these include the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool, or METT (Annex 2), which also includes UNDP’s PA System Financial Sustainability Scorecard.

Achievements:

  • Strengthened biodiversity conservation and PA management effectiveness of a rationalized PA system
  • Direct threats to the OKM complex biodiversity mitigated
  • Other outcomes yet to be published as project was just completed this year

Budget: USD 2,222,200

An amount USD 70,000 was reserved in the budget (from WAEMU funds) for the inclusion of the OKM Complex into the assessments of IUCN’s MIKE programme with respect to ecological management. The frequency is every 5 years.

Contact details: 

UNDP
Headquarters
UNDP Building,
109 Boulevard Félix Houphouët
Boigny P.O. Box 4596 Gamal Abdul Nasser Avenue,
Lomé, Republic of Togo.
Phone: +228 984 97933
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Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Operational Focal Point
Mr. Djiwonou Folly
Ministère de l`Environnement et des Ressources BP 355
Lomé, Togo
Tel: + 228 904 3608
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The India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund is a remarkable example of cooperation among three developing countries and constitutes a pioneering initiative to implement South-South cooperation for the benefit of other Southern countries in partnership with the UN system.