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The main achievements were:

  • The SPFIF Project catalysed funding by the GEF Council and the World Bank and launching of country level projects from seven African countries (Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea Bissau and Kenya) to enhance sustainable management of their coastal fisheries resources , 2009-2011 (see table 1. For the next phase (2013-2016), the project also helped secured much needed funding for four countries (Comoros, Mauritania, Mozambique and Tanzania) to also enhance sustainable coastal fisheries for increased contribution to socio-economic growth (see table 2).

Table 1. GEF funding for country investment projects in 2009-2011
CountryGEF (Million US$)
Cape Verde2
Sierra Leone5
Guinea Bissau1

Table 2. GEF funding for country investment projects in 2013-2016
CountryGEF (Million US$)
Strategic Partnership Coordination2.5

  • The project also facilitated additional funding assistance from the GEF Council for strategic partnership coordination in fisheries for both in SPFIF 1 and the next phase of SPFIF. The partnership funding secured for the next phase is US$ 2.5
  • The Partnership initiated the process for establishment of a coordination mechanism for key players in fisheries sector to ensure coherent development. A structure for coordination mechanism was developed (and their institutional linkages) which was approved by section of stakeholders. Expanding the scope of this initiative to include NPCA and other partners such as the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has broadened the impact of the partnership.
  • Facilitation of the development of a realistic fisheries policy, legal and institutional frameworks at AU MS and regional levels for sustainable wealth generation from fisheries exploitation through dissemination of best practices and fisheries management information. Thus the project significantly contributed to good governance of the fisheries sector by dissemination of lessons learnt through publications of newsletters and an 'African Fisheries Partnership Digest' which was periodically published to inform stakeholders on progress.
  • There is improved information exchange among key players in fisheries sector and the leadership role of the African Union is now recognized and appreciated as critical to expeditious fisheries development.
  • Contributed significantly to establishing an African Union policy organ for African fisheries – Conference of African ministers of fisheries and aquaculture (CAMFA). The ongoing process of creation of a Fisheries section with permanent staff within AU-IBAR, and the establishment of the CAMFA secretariat, is demonstration of AU commitment to support fisheries development. This impact of the initiative on the AU has been significant and likely permanent.