In recent years, the African Group of Negotiators has become increasingly important at UNFCCC negotiations. Investment in negotiating capacity, which has helped to increase the group’s influence in recent meetings, has been a response to past ineffectiveness, while new dynamics in global negotiations have raised incentives for participation.
With yearly remittance transfers to Zimbabwe estimated USD $490 million, the country is engaged in a policy debate over how such transactions should be made. Attempts to formalize remittances, however, must take into account the advantages of informal systems for migrants, so as to retain their accessibility and convenience.
The ongoing policy emphasis on industrial agricultural approaches is not likely to address the historic problem of food insecurity in Northern Ghana, unless future strategies focus on the experiences and preferences of those experiencing shortfalls.
Conservation Agriculture (CA) has the potential to greatly improve the sustainability of South African crop production. Targeted and effective policy support is necessary to sustain the momentum behind CA, and to ensure that consistent techniques are properly applied, maximizing benefits and reducing the risk of poor outcomes.
Despite the International Criminal Court's long engagement with Uganda, a better understanding of its impact is needed to derive lessons for future interventions in Africa and elsewhere.
With Namibia urbanizing rapidly, its capital, Windhoek, requires a food security strategy that pays particular attention to the plight of the urban poor and provides a source of affordable nutrients for common health problems. This requires the involvement of the housing, environmental health, transport and social development sectors, and should focus on assisting the development of local markets in close proximity to the informal settlements.
While the Zimbabwean government is attempting to encourage return migration, it has yet to introduce substantial policies or programs to address the challenges migrants and their families may face in resettlement.
Historically, African delegations have faced challenges in global climate change talks, but in recent years they have managed to negotiate more effectively, both individually and as a group.