Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility

Location: Africa

The Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF) was part of the Australian Government’s commitment to expand the development cooperation program and increase broader and deeper engagement across African countries and institutions.
AAPF was an initiative of the Australian Government with a value of AU$73.5 million. It's a six-year project, running through to December 2016. AAPF responded to requested assistance from African governments, utilising opportunities to leverage links between Australia and Africa more generally.
The goal of the Facility was to develop partnerships between Australia and African countries that contribute to achieving African countries’ development priorities. The Facility had two objectives:
  • Development Benefit: Build effective partnerships that contribute to the sustainable achievement of targeted development priorities in African countries; and
  • Relationship Benefit: Build and promote effective working relationships with African countries.
As the Managing Contractor for the Facility, Cardno was responsible for its overall operation, management and maintenance.
Cardno managed the Facility’s Ancillary Services and Facility Activities. Facility Activities were drawn from various modalities of aid including: placement of specialists and volunteers to work alongside and mentor African government officials; partnerships between Australian and African organisations; short-term professional development programs; workshops and training; grant funding for activities implemented by NGOs; and joint research.
Find out more about the AAPF via the project website and YouTube channel.
Cardno empowers women in Africa:
The AAPF was committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment across the resource extraction industry in Africa, as well as in the areas of public policy and agriculture and food security. The Facility actively strived to increase women’s participation in all its initiatives and about 30 per cent of participants in AAPF activities were women.
Cardno facilitated a Mining and Gender Study Tour to South Africa and Australia which coincided with International Women’s Day 2015. This was the third in a series of Annual Study Tour’s to South Africa and Australia with a focus on Gender and Gender issues. The study tours focused on issues of Gender in Mining as well as Gender in Mining. The 2015 study tour sought to: introduce the basic governance and operational structures of the mining sector in Australia; examine the ways in which men and women are directly engaged and employed in the mining sector and identify policies and approaches for improved recruitment, retention and leadership of women in the sector; and to, explore the gender impacts of mining and identify best practices to promote the equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of mining. Participating countries and African Regional Organisations included: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, African Union Commission (AUC), Common Market for Eastern and South Africa (COMESA) and Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS).
Read an article about this in Cardno Connect’s gender edition: Breaking the Mould. Promoting gender integration in the male-dominated African mining industry.
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