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Africa news roundup: 10-17 January

Change is afoot for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Africans elected to US biodiversity board, Museveni calls for ‘relevant’ research, and more.

Nepad’s transformations begins

The transformation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency into the African Union Development Agency has kicked off. African leaders decided to dissolve Nepad at the 31st AU Summit in July 2018. Nepad staff met in South Africa on 11 January to decide on a draft business plan. Ibrahim Mayaki, Nepad CEO, said the plan will focus on the AUDA mandate, which is the coordination and implementation of continental projects under the AU’s Agenda 2063 plan, and serving as the “technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders and development partners”. Last year, the AU Commission committed to have an AUDA statute ready by the AU Summit starting end of this month.

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