Publication of The Africa Commission Report

March 2005

These pages offer ODI resources relating to the Africa Commission Report.


Infrastructure in Africa: The UK Commission for Africa Report and a Role for Private Engineering Contractors

Publication - September 2006
Michael Warner

The Report of the Commission for Africa recommends an increase in aid expenditure on infrastructure of up to $150billion over the next ten years. The Report positions engineering services companies principally as ‘performance contractors’, not investors. Companies wishing to access this expanded market may secure commercial advantage by enhancing their social and economic performance capabilities. This includes: institutional capacity building for the public sector; support to local suppliers; and infrastructure design that broadens access for local SMEs to regional and global markets.

The Millennium Project: A Sound Strategy for Reaching the MDGs?

1 February 2005 - John Roberts

'The Millennium Project report Investing in Development invites developing countries to formulate expenditure plans based on what they will need to reach the Millennium Development Goals. Additional aid needed will be very substantial, even after allowing for re-allocation of current aid flows away from non-MDG related purposes.'

The Seven Habits of Effective Aid: Best Practices, Challenges and Open Questions

8 January 2005 - Andrew Rogerson and Paolo de Renzio

'When leaders from developed and developing nations meet at the 'High-Level Forum on Harmonisation and Alignment for Aid Effectiveness', to be held at the end of February in Paris, their challenge will be to come up with concrete proposals to put into practice what they committed themselves to in the 'Rome Declaration on Harmonisation' two years ago.'

Gender and social protection

Publication - September 2004
Caroline Moser and Cecilia Luttrell

This paper is a discussion of the role of gender issues in social protection policies, strategies and programmes, and as such it shows that vulnerabilities to risk vary significantly by gender.

Rights-Based Approaches to Social Protection

Publication - August 2004
Laure-Hélène Piron

Provides background information and analysis on the relevance of rights-based approaches (RBAs) to development for the provision of social protection (SP) in developing countries, supported through international development assistance.

The Implications of Hiv/Aids for Social Protection

Publication - August 2004
Cecilia Luttrell

Through a review of current understandings of the impact of HIV/AIDS and a brief analysis of emerging new perspectives on social protection, this paper demonstrates why it is important for policymakers and practitioners to explore the implications of HIV/AIDS for social protection.

Basic Services and Social Protection

Publication - August 2004
Rachel Marcus with Laure-Hélène Piron and Tom Slaymaker

This paper discusses the connections between basic services and social protection, focusing on health (including nutrition), education, water and sanitation, and safety, security and access to justice (SSAJ).

Financing Social Protection

Publication - August 2004
Armando Barrientos

This paper considers the opportunities, constraints, and options available to a bilateral donor in the financing of social protection.

Food Security and Social Protection

Publication - August 2004
Elizabeth Cromwell and Rachel Slater

The objective of this paper is to inform DFID’s position paper on social protection about the ways in which food security issues should be taken into account in developing social protection policies, strategies and programmes.