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Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisation (LCN)

National level discussion - Monitoring Commission for Africa commitments report

Tsebo Mats'asa
Democratic Governance and Election Monitoring, Coordinator

14 February 2006

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Following the establishment of Commission for Africa (CFA) by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair in February, 2004, with the Southern Africa Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)1 led discussion on the Commission's report.

CFA report, entitled "Our Common Interest" was published on the 11th March, 2005 and its key recommendations were on the following;

  • Governance
  • Peace and Security
  • Investing in People
  • Trade, aid and debt
  • Growth and Poverty Reduction
The CFA report was as the result of concerted efforts by seventeen (17) members of the Commission, nine (9) of whom were from Africa.

The report was addressed to the leaders of the G8, the people of Africa and the wider international community. The measures proposed by the Commission constitute a coherent package to achieve its goal of the strong and prosperous Africa. An outcome of the CFA process was the identification by the different actors of their own commitments in relation to proposed opportunities to be pursued. In Southern Africa SARPN was closely involved in discussions relating to CFA. With this regard, SARPN organized follow-up fora to ascertain the extent of sustained civil society engagement with the CFA themes, post the CFA report. As a result in Lesotho SARPN partnered with Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisation (LCN).

  1. SARPN is a non-governmental organization based in South Africa.

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