NEPAD, UNDP Strengthen Cooperation

11 October 2011: The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Africa Bureau on key areas of cooperation including: development policy and strategy; capacity development; South-South cooperation and aid effectiveness; environment and climate change; and gender equity and empowerment of women.

The partnership, which has been strengthened by the MOU, aims to be strategic in its efforts. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, NEPAD CEO, noted that the collaboration between the two organizations can provide important opportunities to "make a difference." Tegegnework Gettu, UNDP Regional Director for Africa, highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing and information exchange, emphasizing that the collaboration can provide quality policy advice for decision-makers on the continent. NEPAD is a programme of the African Union (AU). [NEPAD Press Release] [UNDP Press Release]