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By Emmanuel Daudu

The Chief Executive Officer and UN Rep for CSOs Network Afrihealth Optonet Association
(CSOs Network), Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje has been invited to participate in a seminar Organised by African Development Bank, Global Community Of Practice (G-cop) Seminar On Strengthening Institutional Capacity For Inclusive Development In Post COVID-19 Africa.

The letter which was signed by Prof. Kevin Chika Urama, FAAS Senior Director, African Development Institute, African Development Bank Group on March 8, 2021, with Our Ref: ECAD.0/G-CoP/KCU/2021/02/002 as reference number disclosed that the African Development Institute is pleased to invite Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje to the African Development
Bank (AfDB) sixth Global Community of Practice (G-CoP) policy dialogue, scheduled on Monday
15 March 2021, Time 14:00 – 17:30 hours GMT and Tuesday 16 March 2021, Time 08:30 – 11:30
hours GMT for delegates from the Western and Eastern hemispheres, respectively.
“The e-seminar will consider options for “Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Inclusive Development in Post COVID-19 Africa”.

“The African Development Institute (ADI) established a Global Community of Practice (G-CoP) to facilitate policy dialogue and knowledge synthesis to inform technical assistance, training, and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. In 2020, the Institute hosted five G-CoP
seminars addressing several policy themes on how African countries can build back bolder and better post COVID-19. These seminars focused on policies for enhancing resilience in macro-economic policy management; in food systems and agricultural value chains; in health systems; enhancing transparency and accountability in private and public finance management systems; and financing natural capital for inclusive development in post-COVID-19 Africa.
Each of these seminars highlighted the need to strengthen institutional capacity for inclusive development in Africa – to shore up Africa’s readiness to recover from the multiple shocks caused by COVID-19 and build more resilient economies going forward. To better understand how African
countries can effectively address this recommendation, ADI, and its African and global partners, have been examining how to address the institutional capacity constraints on the continent and the potential measures that could be taken to effectively address the constraints at a transformative scale.

“One emerging consensus from the consultation exercise and research is that the structure and scale of funding available to African institutions (from African countries and globally) are not optimal for unleashing the potential of these institutions to substantially contribute to the advancement of Africa’s development agendas.

“The ADI and its partners are therefore convening a global policy dialogue to better understand how to address this challenge. We recognize that the capacities of knowledge institutions to ramp up focused research and vaccine development efforts contributed in no small measure to the ability of countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As countries seek to achieve herd immunity by procuring vaccines and accelerating the vaccination of citizens, the future of the pandemic in several
African countries remain uncertain – due to limited institutional capacity at various scales.

The letter further stated that the goal of the seminar is to share experiences and synthesize knowledge on what African countries and Development Partners can do differently to address the longstanding institutional capacity challenges in Africa post-COVID-19.
“The recommendations from the seminar will be disseminated to relevant policymakers in the Bank Group’s member countries, and regional stakeholders to inform
their policy responses in Africa.
The seminar is being co-convened by the ADI and several pan-African capacity developments and research organizations including the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF); The
Association of African Universities (AAU); the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI),
and several African Think Tanks, Universities, and Research Organizations. Development Partners, Global and African Philanthropies are invited to share their experiences and proffer implementable policies for strengthening capacities in Africa-led Institutions in a post-COVID-19 world.
All contributions during the seminar are treated under Chatham House Rules. Development Partners, Global and African Philanthropies are invited to share their experiences and proffer implementable”.

Affirming the kind of material Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje is made up of, the letter stated that “Considering your wealth of experience on the subject, we would like to cordially invite you to
participate in the dialogue to help shape a Continental Strategy for Mobilizing Resources for Africa’s Knowledge Capacity and Institutional Development in post-COVID-19 Africa”.

Also, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) had given its ‘Record of Achievement’ certificate in ‘Orientation to national deployment and vaccination planning for COVID-19 vaccines’, to Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, on 12 March 2021.

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