Africa is facing numerous economic challenges. Addressing all these challenges and improving the economic welfare of its citizens, however, requires more resources than it could currently afford. Moreover, the declining trend in the volume of external resources on the one hand, and Africa’s determination to move away from aid dependence, on the other, means ensuring that resources are used and managed efficiently and effectively is nowhere judicious and indispensable than in Africa.
Choosing policies and programmes that would help achieve the development goals at a least cost, therefore, would be just as important as the resource itself. In this regard, valid, reliable, and credible data on what works, what doesn’t and why; where one should look for indications of success and which things can be done in a better way are a sin quo non for evidence-based resource allocation decisions, extracting lessons and replicating successes. Besides an effective monitoring and evaluation system, this presupposes the availability of capacity to design, analyse, manage, monitor and evaluate development programs. Such capacities, however, are in short supply in Africa and contributed to development ineffectiveness, weak resource absorptive capacity and worsening external indebtedness of Africa.
Furthermore, bearing in mind the agriculture sector’s potentials in generating the economic and social transformation of Africa, the centre also aims to contribute towards tackling the key constraints and exploiting the full potentials of the sector. Along these lines, the centre provides short training on Climate-Smart Agriculture and agripreneurship. While the former training is alleged to address the binding growth constraints of the sector, namely climate-induced decline in farm productivity, the latter one would contribute towards ameliorating the burgeoning rate of youth unemployment, where 60% of Africa’s unemployed are young adults. The world’s youngest continent, Africa is home to about 364 million people between the ages of 15 and 35, which is also projected to double by 2045. However, youth unemployment rates are worrisomely high and only 3 million new formal jobs are on offer for the 12 million young people entering the workforce each year. Many of the disenchanted unemployed youth, therefore, resort to dangerous alternative livelihoods, among which irregular migration is the principal one. In 2017 alone, more than 2,000 young Africans lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better future in Europe, and terrorist groups have taken advantage of this situation to entice vulnerable youth into their ranks. The Youth Agripreneures Incubation and training is a double-edged sword in making farming more attractive to the youth and ameliorating the challenge of youth unemployment.
APDC aims to contribute towards ameliorating the existing capacity gaps through delivering tailored short-courses. The centre, supported by experienced professionals drawn from and outside Africa, delivers tailored courses in all aspects of project cycle. We offer Project Design, Financial and Economic Analysis, Financial Services, Management, including procurement planning and management, and Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects training courses. The courses targets participants from the private and public sectors, NGOs and multilateral organisations that are operating in Africa.
Our mission is to enhance the effectiveness of development intervention in Africa by ensuring the success of our clients through nurturing creative ideas that effectively address the development, policy and programmes problems confronting policy makers and implementer in Africa.
Our vision is to positively influence and facilitate the participation of the youth in the agriculture value chains and building the skill and capacity of development practitioners to identify, plan, design, appraise, implement, analyse, monitor and evaluate development policies, programmes and projects.