The G-PAD Forum is an international platform created by Lead Africa International e.V. to promote shared knowledge of development policies that impact Africans and people of African descent and facilitate effective global partnerships towards achieving sustainable development in Africa. G-PAD focuses on promoting strategies on mutually beneficial cooperation, self-sufficiency and reducing aid dependency. The Forum is aligned with Goal 17 of the SDGs which seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the targets of the 2030 Agenda by bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors.
In March 2019, the German government announced a new Africa policy that recognizes the importance of the African region and opportunities for Germany. The new strategic plan seeks to prioritize support for investments by both German and African companies to help put the continent on the path of sustainable economic development. The policy reveals how Germany seeks to engage Africa in five strategic areas of Peace building, Sustainable Economic Development, Migration, Working with African partners and more cooperation with the civil society. However, there is still a gap in terms of level of awareness, understanding and engagements with civil society bodies and the African diaspora.
The agenda of G-PAD 2019 Forum is geared towards increasing stakeholders’ awareness and deepening general understanding of this new Africa Policy as well as strengthening the active role of the African diaspora. To support discussions on where Africa currently stands with regards to achieving the SDGs, the 2019 Forum aims to review the performances of EU’s Development Partnership proposal with Africa and highlight lessons learned as an important foundation for all stakeholders in their engagement and contributions to the continuation and further development of the new Africa Policy Guidelines by the German government.
This years theme is Africa’s Development Landscape: From Policy to Practice.
ECDPM’s Luckystar Miyandazi will be a panelist on the discussion ‘Germany’s new Africa Policy Guidelines’ and will also make a presentation on ‘European Development Frameworks on Africa: The State of Play’.