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NEPAD / AU Development Agency


The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency is the implementing arm for the AU’s Agenda 2063 development strategy.

The Agency has the primary objective of transforming Africa. It focuses on:

  • Incubating high-impact projects that demonstrate proof-of-concept to translate the AU’s continental strategic development frameworks into national development priorities
  • Enhancing knowledge sharing among countries, supported by evidence-based feedback on best practices for regional integration
  • Brokering partnerships and resource mobilisation for the implementation of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063.

NEPAD is based in South Africa and is mandated to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of regional and continental priority development programmes and projects, and to push for partnerships, resource mobilisation and research and knowledge management.

The Agency’s programmes are in the areas of:

  • Human Capital Development (skills, youth, employment and women’s empowerment);
  • Industrialisation, Science, Technology and Innovation;
  • Regional Integration
  • Infrastructure (energy, water, information communications technology (ICT) and transport) and Trade;
  • Natural Resources Governance;
  • Food Security.

NEPAD also partners with international financial institutions, UN agencies and Africa’s development partners as a mechanism to support African development efforts


NEPAD is governed by the AU Assembly, the NEPAD HSGOC (to be disbanded from January 2018) and the NEPAD Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee has been the intermediary body between the HSGOC and the NEPAD Agency. It has the primary responsibility for developing the terms of reference for identified programmes and projects and for overseeing NEPAD Agency activities. The Committee has consisted of personal representatives of the Heads of State and Government on the HSGOC: two from each of the five NEPAD initiating countries (Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa) and one from each of the elected members (15 countries chosen from the five AU regions, rotating). The NEPAD Steering Committee’s Rules of Procedure provides for one representative of the AUC Chairperson, if his or her country is not already a member, and for the AUC Chairperson to appoint a personal representative at the level of a commissioner. Each Member State has only one vote regardless of its number of Committee members.

In addition, representatives from the African Peer Review Mechanism, eight AU-recognised Regional Economic Communities (RECs), AUC, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UNOSAA) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) participate in Steering Committee meetings as observers.

During the June/July 2018 AU Summit held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the Assembly approved the establishment of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA) as the technical body of the AU, and requested the AU Commission, in consultation with the NEPAD Planning and Implementation Agency, to develop a statute for AUDA and submit it for adoption at the January 2019 summit. Transition from NEPAD to AUDA will be undertaken as part of the establishment of the latter.


Key Resources

  • African Union Biennial Report on Home-Grown School Feeding (2019-2020)
    March 01, 2021

    This 2019-2020 Biennial Report builds on data and inputs collected by the African Union and its partners gathered in the HGSF Cluster, including WFP, UNICEF and FAO. This report also builds on the school feeding database developed by WFP for its flagship State of School Feeding Worldwide 2020 report, which contains up-to-date and official data on school feeding programmes at the country level.

  • AU ECHO 2021
    February 16, 2021

    "Levers for Building the Africa We Want"

  • African Union Commission End of Term Report 2017-2021
    February 03, 2021

    Taking Stock, Charting the Future.

  • Draft Agenda of the 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council
    February 03, 2021
  • Vision of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat for the term of office 2021-2024
    Vision of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat for the term of office 2021-2024
    January 24, 2021

    The mandate entrusted to me on 17 January 2017 is fast approaching an end and I will present an exhaustive assessment of it to the Assembly at the next Summit of our Union, scheduled for 6 and 7 February 2021.

  • Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Governance, Peace and Security in the Sahel
    January 22, 2021

    In this G5 Sahel edition, the assessment shows that the crisis has had a moderate impact on governance, peace and security in the G5 Sahel to date—countries include Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The effect of COVID-19 on the state of governance has varied across the G5 Sahel nations.

  • "Your Voice, Your Future" Report
    "Your Voice, Your Future" Report
    January 22, 2021

    Turning Challenges into Solutions

  • Policy paper - GBV in Africa during COVID-19 pandemic
    Policy paper - GBV in Africa during COVID-19 pandemic
    January 22, 2021

    Since the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), emerging data and reports from those on the front lines have shown that all types of violence against women and girls (VAWG) have intensified in countries affected by the pandemic. Before the pandemic, it was estimated that one in three women will experi- ence violence during their lifetimes.

  • Africa Development Dynamics Report 2021
    Africa Development Dynamics Report 2021
    January 19, 2021

    Digital Transformation for Quality Jobs

  • Protecting Migrant Workers in the Informal Economy- Inclusion of MW in COVID-19 Responses
    December 23, 2020
  • Preparing Africa for Post COVID-19 Labour Migration
    Preparing Africa for Post COVID-19 Labour Migration
    December 23, 2020
  • Mobility And Migration Of African Health Workers Post Covid-19
    Mobility And Migration Of African Health Workers Post Covid-19
    December 23, 2020