Britain published last year an Action Plan indicating what we would do to implement the
commitments agreed in the G8 Africa Action Plan. This report sets out what we have done so
far to deliver on these commitments. It represents work in progress, illustrating the continuing
engagement between Britain and Africa in pursuit of our common objectives.
Promoting Peace and Security
Progress in Africa, and improvement in the lives
of its people, has been undermined or destroyed by
conflict and insecurity. Scarce resources needed to
fight poverty have been wasted. Conflicts in one
country have fuelled insecurity and instability in
its neighbours. Without peace and security Africa
will not realise the goals set out in the new
Partnership for African Development
(Extract from Africa Action Plan).
Conflict prevention and resolution is therefore
a top priority for this Government. Conflict
management and peace building is also at the
heart of Government policy supported by joint
work between DFID, FCO and MOD through
the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool.
Strengthening Institutions and Governance
NEPAD rightly concludes that “development is
impossible in the absence of true democracy,
respect for human rights, peace and good
Fostering Trade, Investment, Economic Growth and
Economic growth is essential for poverty reduction
and development. Resources available for
development, including aid resources, must be
used more effectively.
Implementing Debt Relief
Our objective remains to assist countries to reduce
poverty by enabling them to exit the HIPC process
with sustainable levels of debt.
Expanding Knowledge: Improving and Promoting Education
and Expanding Digital Opportunities
Our primary objective has been to improve the
quality of education at all levels in Africa by
increasing support to basic education; promoting
equal access for girls; and the development of
sound education plans.
Improving Health and Confronting HIV/AIDS
The UK is fully committed to continuing with
efforts to eliminate polio, and to put in place a
system of differential pricing of medicines and
build up basic healthcare systems in order to
ensure medicines and treatment are available
and affordable across Africa.
Increasing Agricultural Productivity
In addition to promoting trade reform, Britain
supports calls for greater attention to agricultural
Improving Water Resource Management
The provision of infrastructure for water is central
to achieving sustainable water resources
management and services delivery, including