Consistent with its organizational vision, ADP as a civil society organization and a development think-tank focuses on these priority areas:
- Rural and Local Economic Development
Across sub-Saharan Africa rural infrastructure has deteriorated, farming has languished, gender and other inequalities have deepened and food systems have stagnated. Smallholder farmers, on whose shoulders the recovery of its agriculture rests, have long been pinned between a rock and hard place. Rebuilding food security starts with liberating them from this predicament and unleashing their potential, including supporting them to nurture and grow organized groups / associations. Other issues include decent rural employment, alternative livelihoods, sustainable agricultural technologies and climate change.
This potential is a needed driver for enhanced value chain development to boost local economic development. ADP believes that a multidisciplinary approach towards building local economies and tapping rural potentials can secure sustained efforts at human development.
Education plays a vital role in the human capital development of a nation’s people. A well-educated workforce, be it formal, technical and vocational education, provides the needed skills for nation-building and development. In sub-Saharan Africa where the Education for All goals seems distant to reach, efforts at achieving global commitments in education (MDG, SDG, etc) require a multi-stakeholder approach.
National governments need to build effective partnerships with the civil society, especially faith-based educational providers to achieve targets of quality, accessibility, affordability and life-long learning. ADP believes that in working together with communities, educational authorities and civil society provides the needed impetus in scaling up successful interventions such as educational subsidies, food programs, etc whilst devising appropriate responses to emerging educational challenges.
More than 90 per cent of the population living in low-income countries remains without any right to coverage in health. About 40 per cent of global health expenditure is shouldered directly by the sick. Despite coverage, health care is frequently neither available nor affordable, and access to needed services can lead to poverty. Often, even people who are legally covered experience limited health benefits, high out-of pocket payments and a lack of the health workers needed to deliver services.
The challenges of limited access to quality healthcare worsens the issues of maternal and child healthcare; persons living with HIV/AIDS and healthcare for the aged. ADP believes that African governments can do more to strengthen the delivery of essential healthcare, especially for the underserved regions. A healthy people are a wealthy continent.
Integral to the priority program areas are the themes of Gender, Social Protection and Governance.
Gender is mainstreamed into all that ADP does. The role of women and men in society’s development; empowerment of the woman / girl-child; strengthening institutions and institutional platforms for enhancing women’s rights and status; examining gender relations and joining causes to advance these objectives.
Social Protection as recognized by the UN Chief Executives Board, ILO Recommendation 202 and the African Union’s Social Policy Framework is an important aspect of ADP’s work. Social Protection is a human rights issue and for which reason ADP considers it strongly as a key ingredient in building equitable, prosperous and inclusive socio-economic growth within African Countries. Not only is social protection affordable, but an imperative for African countries in advancing holistic development of its citizens.
Governance, especially at the local level (municipal or provincial governance) is critical in accelerating local development. For most African countries that have embraced decentralized governance, ensuring the proper functioning of local level structures through public and social accountability, civic initiatives / engagements and transparent use of resources helps in securing the gains of good governance whilst spreading its benefits to the citizens. Human rights promotion, anti-corruption and conflicts prevention contribute to accelerating good governance.