The African Community of Practice (AfCoP) has earned a positive reputation and gained considerable credibility due to its depth, strength and consistency in implementing and delivering results at country, regional and global levels. A 2017 survey confirmed that AfCoP members believe that the organization’s tools, interventions and knowledge had proven to be useful in improving the implementation of national development plans and programs where they had been applied. Members further affirmed that AfCoP’s MfDR principles are not only useful tools for use at national levels but should be expanded to include subnational levels in partner countries.
AfCoP played a key role during the process of formulating global and regional knowledge platforms, which have become solid vehicles to share knowledge and best practices on development results among the countries in South-South cooperation. Through its Regional Integration for Results (R4R) program, AfCoP collaborated with two Regional Economic Communities (RECs) – the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) – to conduct readiness assessment to identify gaps related to MfDR in partner countries. This assessment helped the respective RECs understand the degrees to which partner countries were participating in implementing regional integration policies. Based on the assessment, capacity building programs were designed to address grey areas in achieving results by linking planning and implementation, Further, monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems were designed to allowed county partners within the RECs to use common indicators and reporting mechanisms to track and share performance information on implementation of the given regional policies in selected areas.
AfCoP established the active National Community of Practices in eighteen African Countries to engage government and non-government actors as well as the public in advocating and championing development results at both subnational and national levels. Through its capacity-building and policy dialogue programs on MfDR and Rapid Results Initiatives (RRIs), AfCoP increased the capacity of government officials and expanded the range of stakeholders involved in planning and implementation of national plans. As a result of national dialogue programs, Madagascar improved its government business of service delivery, Cote d’Ivoire adopted MfDR principles during the 2016-2020 implementation of its National Development Plan, Zimbabwe improved its rating on implementation of its national development plan, Senegal adopted MfDR tools into a Law and Kenya improved its public services, including the implementing the use of performance contracts for accountability. As well, Benin, Malawi and Zambia transformed some of their public sectors into results-oriented institutions.
Putting results First in Africa Changing people’s lives
The African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP) was established in 2007 in the context of the Paris Declaration and in response to the commitment of the African countries to adopt the principles and practices of Managing for Development Results (MfDR )) to create sustainable change in the lives of their populations. Read more
Institutionalizing Results-Based Culture in Planning and Implementation in Benin
Since its inception, the main task of the African Community of Practice (AfCoP) has been to work with individual African countries to adopt and apply the principles of “Managing for Development Results” (MfDR) to enhance the capacity to achieve the expected outcomes of their national development in a timely manner. Read more