Millennium Africa Recovery Plan (MAP) and Omega Plan for Africa combined to give birth to a third initiative the New African Initiative (NAI) which then led to the establishment of NEPAD in 2001. Founding Member States of NEPAD included South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Senegal. 

NEPAD Secretariat coordinates the implementation of NEPAD programmes and projects. 

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) is established in February 2010 as an outcome of the integration of NEPAD into AU structures and processes. 

Adoption of NEPAD at the 37th session of the OAU Assembly of African Heads of State and Government in July 2001 in Lusaka, Zambia.  

The AU, the successor to the OAU, endorses the adoption of NEPAD as a programme of the AU at the AU Inaugural Summit in 2002. 

The NEPAD Agency establishes four Investment Programmes to address new and emerging trends in Africa. 

NEPAD Agency

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) was established in 2010 as an outcome of the integration of NEPAD into AU structures and processes. The NEPAD Agency is the implementing agency of the African Union that advocates for NEPAD, facilitates and coordinates the development of NEPAD continent-wide programmes and projects, mobilises resources and engages the global community, regional economic communities and member states in the implementation of these programmes and projects. The NEPAD Agency replaced the NEPAD Secretariat which had coordinated the implementation of NEPAD programmes and projects since 2001.  

The NEPAD Agency's mandate is to: 

Facilitate and coordinate the implementation of continental and regional priority programmes and projects

Mobilise resources and partners in support of the implementation of Africa's priority programmes and projects

Conduct and coordinate research and knowledge management

Monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes

Advocate on the AU and NEPAD vision, mission and core principle/ values

The NEPAD Agency's Investment Programmes are:

The programme works to address issues of economic and social exclusion of youth by facilitating the creation of opportunities and employment that enable them connect with the mainstream and hence enhance their contribution in the achievement of a prosperous continent.

A key consideration of the programme is the harmonization of country and regional level industrialization policies to ensure synergies with continental policy. Capacity enhancement in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship together with the establishment of an Industrial Development Index are integral components of this programme.

The harmonisation of regional and national policies on infrastructure, market development and trade, as well as improve regional infrastructure in ICT, transport, water and energy, are cornerstones of this programme.

The focus of the programme is to strengthen agriculture, bolster food and nutrition security, promote the blue economy, improve environmental governance, and promote sustainable mining at the national, regional and continental level. A key aim is to facilitate the adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency. He was appointed to the position in January 2009.

A former Prime Minister of Niger, from 1997 to 2000, Dr. Mayaki has a Master' degree from the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Quebec, Canada and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris I, France. He worked as a Professor of Public Administration in Niger and Venezuela. From 1996 to 1997 he was appointed Minister in charge of African Integration and Cooperation and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger. In August 2000, he set up the Analysis Centre for Public Policy in Senegal. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Mayaki was a guest Professor at the University of Paris XI, where he lectured on international relations. He also led research at the Research Centre on Europe and the Contemporary World within that university. In 2004, he served as Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal.

Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee

Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal

President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, is the Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State of Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC). In this position, President Sall spearheads the implementation of NEPAD programmes and projects through leadership and guidance.

He is a geological engineer and a geophysicist by profession trained at the Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) in Dakar and Ecole Nationale Superieure du Petrole et des Moteurs (IFP School) of the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) in Paris. He is a member of several national and international associations of Geologists and Geophysicists.

President Sall has held senior posts at both the executive and legislative levels in Senegal. He was a Special Adviser to the President of the Republic in charge of Energy and Mines from April 2000 to May 2001. From December 2000 to July 2001, President Sall was the CEO of Senegal Petroleum Corporation (PETROSEN).

He was also: • Minister of Mines, Energy and Water, from May 2001 to November 2002; • Minister of Mines, Energy, Water, Infrastructure and Transport, from October to November 2002; • Minister of State, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water, from November 2002 to August 2003; • Minister of State, Interior and Local Government Minister, Spokesman of the Government, from August 2003 to April 2004; • Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal from the 21 April 2004 to the 19June 2007, President Sall was elected President of the National Assembly on the 20June 2007.

He left the presidency of the National Assembly on 22 September, 2008, following the amendment to Article 62 of the Constitution to reduce from 5 to 1 year the term of President of this institution with immediate effect.

On 9 November 2008, Sall announced his resignation from the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and from all elected positions under this label. On the 1December 2008, he created his own political party, the Alliance for the Republic (APR-Yakaar).

Macky Sall was elected President of the Republic of Senegal on 25 March, 2012, and was sworn in on April 2, 2012 before the Constitutional Council.

Chairperson of the African Union Commission

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, born on 21 June 1960, the Chadian Minister of Foreign Affair was elected as the new African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson. H.E. Mahamat speaks French, Arabic and English fluently and had occupied very senior positions with a thirty-year (30) experience. This lawyer was a Minister several times; he served as the director of Civil Cabinet of the President of the Republic, Prime Minister, Head of Government, and President of a Grand Institution of the Republic, namely; the Economic, Social and Cultural Council, where he had to carry out and manage major issues.

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat chaired the Security Council for the month of December 2015 and general debate on December 19, 2015 on the theme “threats international peace and security; cross-border terrorism and crime”. Furthermore, he also chaired the Peace and Security Council of the AU in September 2013 and steered the Nairobi Extraordinary Summit on the fight against Terrorism.  African’s peace and security issues has been at the heart of Mr. Mahamat’s activities and many other missions geared towards the wellbeing of Africa.

The Chairperson of the Commission is the Chief Executive Officer, legal representative of the AU and the AU Chairperson’s Chief Accounting Officer. He is directly responsible to Executive Council for the discharge of his duties.


Assembly of the African Union:

The Chairperson of the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) reports to the African Union Assembly on NEPAD activities and makes recommendations for consideration and adoption.

Chairperson of the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC):

The NEPAD Agency provides the Chairperson with technical support on drafting the Chair's summary report to the Assembly and prepares the draft decision(s) to be tabled in the Assembly for resolution.

NEPAD Heads of State and Government:

The other NEPAD related reports are provided to the Heads of State and Government in order to widen understanding, engagement and ownership of NEPAD by all the Heads of State and Government in the Assembly.

NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC):

Established in February 2010 at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in line with the integration of NEPAD into AU structures. The HSGOC provides leadership to the NEPAD process, sets policies, priorities and the programmes of action. It comprises the Heads of State and Government of 20 African countries, who are elected on the basis of the AU five regions.

20-member committee:

Includes the five founding countries of NEPAD: South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Senegal. Membership of the other 15 member states rotates every two years,or following regional consultations within the AU.

Chairperson of the AU Commission:

Chairperson of the AU Commission also participates in HSGOC Summits.

NEPAD Steering Committee:

The NEPAD Steering Committee is primarily responsible for developing the terms of reference for identified programmes and projects, and for overseeing the work and programmatic activities of NEPAD.

Personal representatives of African Heads of States:

The Committee consists of the personal representatives of African Heads of States and normally meets about four times a year. It provides policy guidance and strategic advice to NEPAD.

Steering Committee Representatives :

It also includes the eight AU-recognised Regional Economic Communities (RECs), African Development Bank (AFDB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Office of Special Adviser on Africa (UNOSAA) and Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Country Offices

The NEPAD Agency has a total of 136 staff working in its offices in Johannesburg, Dakar, Ouagadougou and Kampala. NEPAD also has country offices and secretariats in Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, Nigeria.


NEPAD Senegal

Dr. Jeremy Tinga Ouedraogo (Head of the West Africa Regional Office and Head of African Biosafety Network of Expertise) 

BP 17204, Hann Maristes 2, Rue HB 350 - Lot N° 25 R, 199, Dakar, Sénégal

Tel.: +221 33 859 18 79

Email : info@nepadbiosafety.net


NEPAD Burkina Faso

Dr Moussa Savadogo, Office Coordinator

University of Ouagadougou

06 BP 9884 Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso

Tel: +226 25 33 15 01

Email: info@nepadbiosafety.net


NEPAD Kenya Secretariat

Mr Daniel Nyakundi Osiemo (Acting CEO)

4th Floor Liaision House, State House Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254-20-2733735/38/42,

Fax: +254-2733725,

Email: info@nepadkenya.org

Website: www.nepadkenya.org


The Presidency NEPAD Nigeria

Plot 12, Faranah Street, Wuse Zone 2, P.M.B 293 Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

Email: info@nepad.gov.ng

Website: www.nepad.gov.ng



NEPAD Agency

230 15th Road


South Africa

+27 11 256 3600


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