Reports and Publications

OSAA produces a number of publications within its mandate. These range from mandated Secretary-General’s reports to policy briefs on various issues affecting Africa. The reports provide the research needed for OSAA to carry out its advisory, advocacy, coordination and monitoring roles.

Secretary-General's Report on the New Partnership for Africa's Development

This report (A/75/918) is prepared in response to General Assembly resolution A/74/301 requesting the Secretary-General to submit on an annual basis a comprehensive and action-oriented report on the implementation of the resolution, based on the provision of inputs from Governments, organizations of the United Nations system and other stakeholders in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The present report, which was prepared by the Offce of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), reviews progress in the implementation of four key NEPAD’s priorities that are fundamental to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Africa Union Agenda 2063. These are: regional integration; infrastructure development; industrialization; and health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication is available in: EN

Report of the Secretary General on the Promotion of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa

This report is prepared by the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) in response to the General Assembly resolution 74/302 requesting the Secretary-General to monitor and report on an annual basis on persistent and emerging challenges to the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa. Other departments, offices, agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system contributed to the report through the Inter-Departmental Task Force on African Affairs (IDTFAA). In implementing this mandate, OSAA also engaged with a broad range of stakeholders, including Member States, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, the private sector, academia, women and youth groups. This report is available in: EN

Previous Reports 

2019   2018   2017   2015   2013    2012    2011    2010    2009    2008    2007    2004    2003    2002    2001    2000    1998

Policy Brief: Impact of COVID-19 in Africa

Image of the cover of the policy brief.The COVID-19 pandemic is having a dramatic effect on economies and various sections of society in Africa. Economies, livelihoods, health, social services and development have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Vulnerable groups are among the worst affected, particularly informal workers, young people, women, persons with disabilities, refugees and migrants. Written in the early days of the pandemic, this policy brief takes a snapshot of immediate impacts of the pandemic on health, economies, peace, security, human rights and humanitarian assistance in Africa. It outlines response measures currently being taken by African and external stakeholders and provides recommendations to protect gains in the fight against the pandemic and maximise opportunities in the recovery for a more inclusive and sustainable future as countries emerge from this crisis. This report is available in: EN

Mapping Study of the Conflict Prevention Capabilities of African Regional Economic Communities

Image of the cover of the Mapping Report.This publication assesses the conflict prevention capabilities of the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), with an aim to raise global awareness and mobilize international support for efforts being made the RECs in enhancing their institutional capacities to better assist their Member States in preventing conflict and sustaining peace. Specifically, the publication maps: (i) the geopolitical context that informs the work of the RECs on conflict prevention, (ii) the existing organizational structure of each REC, as well as their institutional mandates, policies, structures, tools, strategies and programmes, partnerships and resources for conflict prevention, (iii) their current challenges, gaps and capacity needs, covering both operational and structural dimensions, and (iv) entry points and opportunities for strengthening the institutional capacities of the RECs on conflict prevention. Seven of Africa’s eight RECs are covered in the publication, which was based on a study that utilized a combination of methods – namely: one-on-one in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, desk review of internal documents and an expert group meeting involving the representatives of the RECs and other experts from African regional organizations, civil society and development partners. This publication is available in: EN

Reports and Publications