The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), October 2001

Sectors : Gender and economic opportunity, Gender and political agency, Gender and social development, ICT, Primary and basic education, Education, Gender, Health
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Gender - Gender and economic opportunity

“49. ...African leaders will take joint responsibility for the following:

... Promoting the role of women in social and economic development by reinforcing their capacity in the domains of education and training; by developing revenue-generating activities through facilitating access to credit; and by assuring their participation in the political and economic life of African countries;...

...67. Long-term objectives...

... - To promote the role of women in all activities.”


Commitments in: Gender - Gender and social development

“68. Goals...
... - To make progress towards gender equality and empowering women by eliminating gender disparities in the enrolment in primary and secondary education by 2005;...

...115. Objectives
... - To give special attention to the reduction of poverty among women;...

...116. Actions
... - Establish a gender task team to ensure that the specific issues faced by poor women are addressed in the poverty reduction strategies of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development;”


Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“117. Objectives
-To work with donors and multilateral institutions to ensure that the IDG of achieving universal primary education by 2015 is realised;

- To work for improvements in curriculum development, quality improvements and access to ICT;

- To expand access to secondary education and improve its relevance to Africa’s development;

- To promote networks of specialised research and higher education institutions.

118. Actions
- Review current initiatives jointly with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and other major international donors;

- Review levels of expenditure on education by African countries, and lead the process of developing norms and standards for government expenditure on education;

- Set up a task force to accelerate the introduction of ICT in primary schools;

- Set up a task force to review and put forward proposals for the research capacity needed in each region of the continent...

...120. The plan supports the immediate strengthening of the university system across Africa, including the creation of specialised universities where needed, building on available African teaching staff. The need to establish and strengthen institutes of technology is especially emphasised.”