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Recommendations of the Africa Governance Inventory (AGI) Workshops held in Banjul, The Gambia (April 2004); and Johannesburg, South Africa (January 2005)
04 Mar 2005

UNITED NATIONS

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

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Recommendations of the AfricaGovernance Inventory (AGI) Workshops held in Banjul, The Gambia(April 2004); and Johannesburg, South Africa(January 2005)

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The following recommendations were made by focal points of countries represented at the Workshops on the Africa Governance Inventory (AGI), respectively held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 19 to 23 April 2004[1]and Johannesburg, South Africa, from 20 to 21 January 2005[2]. These recommendations were subsequently approved by all focal points of the countries participating in the AGI.

 

A. AGI SUCCESS FACTORS

In order for the AGI to be driven from Africaand to ensure its effective implementation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the leading partners that have initiated this initiative, need to guarantee that resources are set aside to ensure its required level of readiness. In particular resources need to be either urgently set aside or mobilised for:

a. Training, as detailed in paragraph E.3 below;

b. Strategic planning meetings for focal points in order to chart a concrete plan of activities that will outline the further implementation of the AGI;

c. Technical support for data collection and validation;

d. Participation of Focal Points in key regional fora focused on governance issues;

e. Enhancement of UNDP focal points’ capacities for strengthening the qualitative support to be provided to their national counterparts.

f. The organization of periodic meetings for exchanging national experiences, information and trends.

 

B. AGI RATIONALE AND FUNCTIONS

1. It is an interactive tool that enables the collection of governance information for:

   a. Monitoring and evaluating governance agenda/programmes;

   b. Facilitating linkages among partners/programmes and providing a basis for comparisons of governance interventions;

   c. Identifying partners involved in governance activities within, for instance, a given geographical or programmatic area;

   d. Enhancing information-s