Abuja, Nigeria, 25 January 2018 — The African region is facing an increasingly-precarious infrastructure deficit, particularly in the power and transportation sectors. This gap is being widened by a constellation of forces, including growing populations, surging regional and international trade, urbanization, and shrinking national budgets. For African economies to maintain their steady growth, it’s estimated that USD 90 billion will need to be invested, annually, across the coming decade, and much of this investment is expected from the private-sector. In order to help structure, negotiate, implement and manage such private-sector investments, the African Legal Support Facility ("ALSF") has launched a suite of capacity building workshops which aim to strengthen the capacities of Nigerian government officials in the area of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), particularly as they relate to infrastructure development.
In response to a request from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) organized two workshops in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on best practices for managing oil and mining exploration and exploitation contracts.
How can African countries most effectively take advantage of the natural minerals with which they have been endowed? How might these resources fuel their development, and propel them towards their envisioned futures? These questions were the focus of the ongoing African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya. The capacity building event, held from 3-12 December, will focus on ...
Entebbe, Uganda, November 19, 2017 —The last decade has witnessed, for the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), two converging trends which promise to transform capacity building in the legal discipline: The growing availability of broadband connections in the African region, and the expanding recognition of remote-learning as an effective means of knowledge-sharing.
Accra, Ghana, November 16, 2017—The ALSF’s Senior Legal Counsel, Ms. Oluwatoyin Ojo participated in a high-level panel discussion during the 2017 International Bar Association’s (IBA) Africa Regional Forum, held in Accra, Ghana from 15-17 November.
The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) is an organization dedicated solely to providing legal advice and technical assistance to African countries. The Facility has supported over 35 African countries in negotiating major commercial agreements in the areas of natural resources, infrastructure projects and commercial debt issues. In addition, the ALSF has extended capacity building programmes to African lawyers and experts in the same areas. (See examples on our website – www.aflsf.org)
The African Legal Support Facility is an International public organization dedicated to providing legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in matters pertaining to creditor litigation and complex commercial transactions. The ALSF was established “to provide technical legal assistance to African countries to strengthen their legal expertise and negotiating capacity” and to “strengthen legal capacity building process in African countries.” The ALSF since its inception in 2010 has funded and initiated several advisory services, vulture fund litigation, capacity building initiatives and knowledge management products. It has been noted over time that there is increasing need for enhancement of negotiation skills for complex commercial transactions and increased involvement of African lawyers in such negotiations.
Representatives of African governments, the global private sector, and international institutions, including the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and African Development Bank (AfDB), are meeting in Cape Town this week to participate in the region’s First Roundtable on the Governance of Infrastructure, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). The topic takes center stage as consensus develops globally that a major factor hindering infrastructure implementation is a lack of good governance.
As international institutions mobilize to meet the ambitious milestones of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS remind us of the need to conduct systematic reviews of development activities to ensure their efficacy.