Development and Promotion of the African Human Security Index

Duration: August 2019 – April 2023
Budget: US$377,837 (UNTFHS: $320,837; Pooled Funding: $57,000)
Implementing Agencies: Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU), HSU

The development of the African Human Security Index (AHSI) represents the first continent-wide human security index to support progress on the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the Silencing the Guns initiative. Such an index will help clarify how diverse issues ranging from poverty in all its forms, to social exclusion, violence and environmental degradation interact and require people-centered, comprehensive and risk-informed responses that support the continent’s goal towards a more inclusive and shared prosperity, in greater peace and resilience.

Groundbreaking in its scope, the AHSI will identify and strengthen practical linkages across the domains of peace and security, socioeconomic development, and good governance in the implementation and monitoring of Agenda 2063 and the achievement of the SDGs. As a contextualized framework, the index will be applied in diverse national contexts in different sub-regions of the continent. Lessons from these experiences will further refine, codify and inform the final version of the AHSI as a tool to help policymakers and practitioners address complex situations where needs are many, expectations are high, and priorities must be established in a manner that is proactive, inclusive and sustainable.



Programme summary

CONSULTATIVE MEETING: Towards Developing an African Human Security Index: On practices, methods, and designs (5-6 March 2020 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) [Aide-Memoire] [Work Programme] [Opening remarks by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Human Security] [Presentation by HSU] [Poster]

Press release: AU AND UN Join Efforts towards Developing an African Human Security Index [AU website]

African Peace and Security Annual Conference (APSACO) Talks 2020 – Workshop 1: Human security index in Africa [Watch]