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Economic and Social Research Foundation


Introduction

The Economic and Social Research Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent, not-for-profit institution for research and policy analysis.

The formation of ESRF was based on the assumption that there was need and demand for an improved understanding of policy options and development management issues, and that the capacity for this was lacking in the Tanzania civil service.

ESRF addressed this gap by putting into place qualified Professional Staff, modest resources and a favourable research environment for the analysis and discussion of economic and social policy.

The primary objectives of the Foundation are to strengthen capabilities in policy analysis and development management and to enhance the understanding of policy options in the government, the public sector, civil society, and the donor community and the growing private sector.

Economic and Social Research Foundation

Download ESRF Strategic Plan for the period 2016 – 2020

Download ESRF Strategic Plan for the period 2012 – 2015


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Africa Research Institute


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Africa Research Institute (ARI) encourages debate, questions orthodoxy and challenges “received wisdom” in and about Africa. We seek to promote an informed, nuanced and representative understanding of the continent.

Our work draws attention to good practice and innovation, while also identifying where new approaches might be needed. Examples of practical achievement are of particular interest to us.

Africa Research Institute

ARI’s research is distributed widely within Africa and elsewhere to decision-makers, institutions and individuals with a keen interest in the continent’s future. We also hold regular interactive events with expert speakers in London and Africa.

ARI was founded in 2007. We are independently funded and strictly non-partisan.

HOW WE WORK

ARI selects topics to address through in-house research and insights from external experts. While publications may focus on a particular country, they invariably highlight issues that transcend national boundaries.

Many of our publications are the product of collaboration with policymakers, expert practitioners and academics in Africa. External partners are not remunerated, but benefit from the dissemination of their practical achievements or ideas through ARI’s extensive networks.

ARI publications avoid vagaries and jargon. We present arguments and policy recommendations in a straightforward manner that is comprehensible to all.


 

Grow Africa


Grow Africa

The Grow Africa Partnership was founded jointly by the African Union (AU)The New Partnership for Africa\’s Development (NEPAD) and the World Economic Forum in 2011. Grow Africa works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. The aim is to enable countries to realise the potential of the agriculture sector for economic growth and job creation, particularly among farmers, women and youth. Grow Africa brokers collaboration between governments, international and domestic agriculture companies, and smallholder farmers in order to lower the risk and cost of investing in agriculture, and improve the speed of return to all stakeholders.

Grow Africa is:

  • an African-owned, country-led, market-based and inclusive platform for cross-sector collaboration,
  • to increase inclusive and responsible investment in to African agriculture,
  • and thereby generate agriculture-driven economic growth that contributes to reducing poverty and hunger.

 

Grow Africa consists of a partnership platform, network, and secretariat.

Partnership Platform:

The Grow Africa Partnership comprises over 200 companies and governments in 12 countries. These companies have made formal commitments with the government in the respective country to invest in agriculture. Ten of these countries are part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a partnership in which stakeholders – public and private sectors, and donors – commit to specific policy reforms and investments, outlined in Cooperation Frameworks that accelerate implementation of African country food security strategies.

Network:

The Partnership is supported by a network of knowledge partners and topic specialists.

Secretariat:

Grow Africa is supported by a Secretariat which during 2012-2015 has been designed and incubated by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat transitioned in 2016 to Johannesburg, South Africa and is now hosted by the NEPAD Agency.

GOVERNANCE

Grow Africa is an autonomous entity, hosted by the NEPAD Agency and governed by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee.

Additionally, Grow Africa’s priorities are guided by a Leadership Council, an informal group of leaders committed to realizing the investment commitments pledged by the private sector, governments and development partners within the New Alliance and Grow Africa. It consists of high-level representatives from African governments, development partners, the African and multi-national private sector companies, civil society, and farmers’ organizations that monitor, support and advance progress. Two co-conveners lead the Leadership Council. These are:

The Leadership Council has met bi-annually since its formation. Starting in 2015, it will have one official meeting per year. The co-conveners will publicly release a joint statement after each meeting.

Funding

Grow Africa is supported by grants from the following donors:

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African Digital Art


African Digital Art is a celebration of African culture of art, design and technology. Created and developed by Jepchumba, the platform covers a wide range of artistic production from; audio/visual production, animation, interactive projects, web, film, graphic art and design. Our focus is on artistic work or practice that utilizes digital technology as an essential part of the creative, presentation or distribution process.

African Digital Art

Since it’s inception African Digital Art has presented unparalleled ideas, individualistic works and insightful designer solutions by the African creative. African Digital Art has become a platform for innovation and inspiration with a sophisticated blend of fresh talent and successful designers and artists. Pushing Digital Boundaries has become the tag line that is now fused with African Digital Art’s identity.


 

Okayafrica


 

An interactive online multi-facetd hub capturing the spirit of this unprecedented boom and that also shares the best of the continent’s traditional and modern youth culture.

Okayafrica

Okayafrica brings you the latest in African music, African fashion and culture connecting a global audience to the African continent through compelling content and high-profile cultural events.