African Issues - Immigration/Natural Resources

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Infrastructure- Africa’s infrastructure is at present inadequate, both in terms of physical stock and quality of service, to support sustained growth in the years to come, both under current and future climate. Yet, relatively little is known about how climate change will affect the desirable design, location, timing, and composition of the stock of infrastructure that will need to be built in the short to medium term.  At AGL we curry out programs to make communities better understand the range of climate impacts on infrastructure development and of approaches to deal with the uncertainty inherent in projections of future climate change and other stressors that is necessary in order to inform future investment decisions. Without this understanding, there is a risk of locking Africa into a pattern of climate-vulnerable development that will be very costly, or in some cases impossible, to repair in the future.

We work to strengthen the analytical base for investments in Africa’s infrastructure under a future uncertain climate. Evaluate a range of impacts of climate change on a subset of infrastructures (roads, hydro-power and irrigation) over a range of climate scenarios; Formulate actionable recommendations for decision makers on how to enhance the climate resilience of infrastructure development.  Support the Government’s efforts to build institutional capacity in regional planning, create a decentralized decision-making system which can coordinate the Sectoral and Spatial Planning of socio-economic and infrastructure development, to transform the country’s unbalanced settlement system and space economy.

We work with Governments, other Agencies, community members and private sector to provide indicative guidance and facilitate the driving force for sustained and self-reliant development. Special considerations include promoting decentralization of human development, (Fundamental Human Rights), professional capacity building for women, improved environmental quality, direct involvement and collaboration with our partners working in those countries.

Newcomers/Refugees and Asylum  seekers

Increasing newcomers’ sense of being and belonging through inter-cultural and civic Engagement English conversation.   Assumptions, prejudices and “us-and-them” attitudes get in the way of increasing sense of belonging and civic engagement.  Adapting to new life and finding one’s way in new environments is challenging for newcomers such as making new friends, understanding a new culture and culture shock, learning a new language, discovering resources for successful settlement/integration and establishing social connections.   At AGL we identifies challenges and develop plans to build social connectedness to access opportunities for newcomers.

Mineral Exploitation

Africa’s political economy is deeply ingrained with its history of the exploitation and (mis)management of its mineral and natural resources. More than 500 years after commercial exploitation of Africa’s resources, Africa continues to host many of the large and unexploited deposits of minerals globally. For example, Africa accounts for three-quarters of the world’s platinum supply, and half of its diamonds and chromium. It has up to one-fifth of gold and uranium supplies and it is increasingly home to oil and gas production with over thirty countries now in this category.

Yet, with minor exceptions, Africa does not consume or add significant value to these and other mineral products which it has in abundance.  Rather, we are net exporters of raw materials that fuel prosperity and development in other regions. Africa is largely seen as a price taker rather than a price-maker, with a marginal role in international trade.  The question that arises therefore is “Why should the Continent continues to struggle with limited economic transformation, low or no resource rents and scarce employment?”.