Alternative Report on Africa (AROA)

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The Alternative Report on Africa (AROA) is a key new initiative of renowned African and international institutions (Enda Tiers Monde, Third World Forum, CODESRIA, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), AFARD, the Institute for African Futures (IAF), Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, LEGS AFRICA, the Alliance for Rebuilding Governance in Africa (ARGA), West Africa Think tank (WATHI), etc.).
Faced with the kaleidoscope of reports on Africa classifying the countries of the continent according to exogenous and neo-liberal criteria and indicators (Doing Business, World Bank, IMF), the Alternative Report on Africa (AROA) aims at the ideological and epistemological reversal of analyzes on the continent, the deepening and diversification of the issues and areas addressed, and indicators for measuring the progress and sovereignty of Africans. Also supported by high-level African personalities and scientists, this initiative will develop Reports that truly reflect the sensitivity and experience of Africans in different environments.
Its objective is to contribute, in a decisive way, to the consolidation of the transformations at work in African societies and institutions towards autonomy and sovereignty.
It is a question of making visible the dynamics and changes at work on the continent, in particular those which are carried by Africans in their majority and their diversity.
AROA wants in this way to make visible and reinforce the real societal transformations which are irrigated by an uninhibited spirit, and capacities for innovation and conquest of their autonomy which reports on Africa and their instruments do not reflect enough.
Thus, the debates and spaces for defining strategy or policies will be fed and enriched by endogenous knowledge that makes sense for Africans. These will be produced on a credible basis and valuing African-specific innovations and strengthening their empowerment.
AROA is also a response to the shortcomings of the forward-looking capacities of African institutions and actors who are the drivers of the continent’s dynamics. It will inform African projections on the future in the context of a return to long-term planning at national and continental scales. The AROA will be an instrument for measuring the progress of the long-term plans and the shortcomings in the direction of the sovereignty of these projections towards the future.