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New pathways out of poverty in Africa: sustainable agriculture

A Christian Aid and CAFOD policy paper investigating how agricultural transformation has become a development priority for African governments and the international development community. It is commonly understood as a shift from ‘low’ productivity subsistence agriculture to more commercially-oriented production. This shift is seen as the first step away from the continent’s continued dependence on raw commodity exports, and towards diversified and domestically integrated economies that provide sufficient employment opportunities to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population.   This is to be welcomed. However, this report highlights the risk that agricultural transformation strategies already underway in some African countries could increase inequality and further degrade the environment. To prevent this from happening agriculture transformation strategies need to: integrate actions that will build the resilience of producer households and wider ecosystems to climate and economic shocks, instead of focusing predominantly on increasing the productivity of smallholders link smallholder producers to the wider domestic economy.  CAFOD and Christian Aid programmes that support small agro-enterprise development, climate resilience building and inclusive agricultural market development include deliberate actions to ensure equitable and environmentally sustainable outcomes. To further promote the integration of these principles in the design and implementation of government policies, we have initiated an on-going dialogue with our partner organisations in Africa to determine how agricultural transformation policies in their own countries can contribute to more equitable and sustainable development.

Case study - added value of partnership is critical to family planning

Partnership is critical to Christian Aid’s Strengthening Community Health and HIV Response in Nigeria (SCHH) project in ensuring increased access to and uptake of crucial health services in rural, marginalised communities. Christian Aid works with Marie Stopes International to provide family planning services to women in SCHH communities. Produced by the Community Health and HIV (CHH) team at Christian Aid. 

PHC Assessment Reports in Anambra

This report provides an analysis of the status of primary health centres (PHCs) supported by Christian Aid in Anambra State, in terms of services, infrastructure and human resource capacities in relation to the national standard. The aim of the report is to improve engagement with relevant government authorities for health care planning and resourcing.

PHC Assessment Reports in Kaduna State

This report provides an analysis of the status of the assessed Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Kaduna State, in terms of services, infrastructure and human resource capacities in relation to the national standard. The findings of this report will help Christian Aid in engaging relevant government authorities for health care planning and resourcing.

PHC Assessment Reports in Plateau State

This report provides an analysis of the status of Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Plateau State in terms of services, infrastructure and human resource capacities in relation to the national standard. The findings of this report will serve as an advocacy tool for Christian Aid in engaging relevant government authorities for health care planning and resourcing.

Sierra Leone - strengthening health systems parliamentary briefing

Discussed during parliamentary debate in 2014 on strengthening health systems in developing countries and development in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

A Review of Community-Based Health Insurance Schemes: lessons from Nigeria and Ghana

A study by EpiAFRIC, commissioned by Christian Aid, to examine the feasibility of rolling out or supporting the roll out of a community health insurance scheme in Nigeria and Ghana.

Africa rising? Inequalities and the essential role of fair taxation

Joint report with Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A) reveals Africa's much-touted growth is happening alongside worsening income inequality trends.

PHC Assessment Reports in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

This report provides an analysis of the status of health facilities within communities supported by Christian Aid in the FCT (Abuja, Bwari and Kuje Municipal Councils), in the areas of services, infrastructure, human resource capacities etc. in relation to the national standard. The findings of this report would serve as an advocacy tool for engaging relevant government authorities for health care services planning and resourcing.