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New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

est. July 2001


The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is an economic development programme of the African Union. NEPAD was adopted at the 37th session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2001 in Lusaka, Zambia. NEPAD is designed to address the current challenges facing the African continent and aims to provide a policy framework for accelerating economic co-operation and integration among African countries.

The program calls for adapted policy reforms and increased investments in the areas of agriculture and food security, science and technology, environment, trade and market access, governance, infrastructure (energy, transport and water sanitation, and information and communication technologies), gender and capacity development. 


  • To eradicate poverty
  • To promote sustainable growth and development of African countries
  • To accelerate the empowerment of women through building genuine partnerships at country, regional and global levels
  • To halt the marginalization of Africa in the globalization process
  • To fully integrate Africa into the global economy by increasing Africa’s competitiveness
  • To reduce the risk of doing business in Africa
  • To create conditions conducive for investment, high economic growth, and sustainable development
  • To increase investment on the continent in order to ensure social and economic development