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A. Terms of Reference for the Technical Support Team (TST) 

The Technical Support Team (TST) is a committee of the Governing Council and therefore reports to the Governing Council. Its members are recruited by the Governing Council as well as their manner of replacement. Apart from other instructions the TST might, from time to time, receive from the Governing Council, the specific mandate of the TST is to:

  1. To facilitate negotiations on forestry and related issues in ways that promote sustainable forest management in Africa
  2. To facilitate linking policy with impact on forest management in relevant negotiations
  3. To support raising the profile of forestry at the political level
  4. To track developments, of relevance to Africa, in the international forestry arena/dialogue
  5. To promote participation of key stakeholders in the process leading to negotiations, including women, youth, marginalized groups, NGOs, private sector, sub-regional and regional economic groups, and relevant secretariats/bureaux and diplomats
  6. To facilitate informed participation, by African delegates, in international and other relevant negotiations, for example through advance preparations and support with logistics during the negotiations
  7. To exchange information among TST members
  8. To maintain a data base on delegates to negotiations and other people who can work with the TST.

Members of the Technical Support Team (TST) to raise the profile of forestry 

  1. Macarthy Oyebo- Chair-Nigeria
  2. Andre Madingou-Gabon - Vice-Chair
  3. Ndiawar Dieng-Senegal
  4. Ibro Adamou-Niger
  5. Adjumane Kadio- Côte ď Ivoire.
  6. Alice Kaudia – Kenya.
  7. Jones Ruhombe Kamugisha- Uganda
  8. Anna Chileshe Masinja-Zambia.
  9. Sebastien Malélé - Democratic Republic of Congo.
  10. Alima Issufo-Mozambique

AFF Secretariat

B. Terms of Reference for the Task Force on Resources Mobilization

The Task Force on Resources Mobilisation  is a committee of the Governing Council and therefore reports to the Governing Council. Its members are recruited by the Governing Council as well as their manner of replacement. Apart from other instructions the Task Force might, from time to time, receive from the Governing Council, the specific mandate of the Task Force is to:

1. Assist the Governing Council in ensuring sustainable funding through the following activities:

a) Explore the policies, priorities and processes of different funding agencies with an interest in natural resources in Africa.

b) List the proposals that AFF needs to identify funding for, and assist the Secretariat in identifying specific donors for funding.

2. Develop a funding strategy for AFF, including

            a)  Endowment Fund

            b) Membership fees

            c) Other funds

3.         Develop a strategy to engage the private sector in supporting the AFF.

4.         Develop a strategy to show that AFF has substantial support from within the African Region, including support from:

            a) African Development Bank

            c) Regional bodies such as AU, COMIFAC, ECOWAS, EAC, SADC, etc.

            d) Regional Banks e.g. the East African Development Bank.

           e) Commercial banks with an interest in supporting green initiatives e.g. Standard Chartered Bank of South Africa

           f) Multi-lateral agencies such as the United Nations, FAO, World Bank, etc.

Members of the Task Force on Resources Mobilisation

  1.  Humphrey Ngibuini- Chair-Kenya.
  2. Gerald Monela-Vice Chair- Tanzania
  3. Bjorn Lundgren-Sweden
  4. Jürgen Blaser-Switzerland
  5. Afsa Kemitale-Uganda
  6. Joe Cobbinah-Ghana

AFF Secretariat.

C. Terms of Reference for  Working Group on Climate Change

The Working Group on Climate Change is a committee of the Governing Council and therefore reports to the Governing Council. Its members are recruited by the Governing Council as well as their manner of replacement. Apart from other instructions the Working Group might, from time to time, receive from the Governing Council, the specific mandate of the Working Group is to:

  1. Facilitate the development of a programme on climate change for AFF.
  2. Provide guidance and monitor progress on the AFF climate change programme.
  3. Facilitate the development of a database on information as well as people and institutions working on climate change in Africa, and key people from outside Africa.
  4. Facilitate identification and sharing of information on climate change and forestry in order to improve understanding of the climate-forest nexus.
  5. Undertake any other activities relevant to the Working Group and with prior approval of the Governing Council.

Members of the Working Group on Climate Change

  1. Anna Chileshe Masinja Chair-Zambia
  2. Jean Baptiste Nduwayezu- Vice – Chair Rwanda
  3. Jürgen Blaser-Switzerland
  4. Demel Teketay- Ethiopia
  5. Marie Louise Avanna – Cameroon
  6. Andre Madingou - Gabon
  7. Joe Cobbinah – Ghana
  8. Humphrey Ngibuini- Kenya

AFF Secretariat.

Members of the AFF Expert Panel on Climate Change- set-up by Working group on Climate Change  

  1. David Okali (Nigeria): Rain forests
  2. Emmanuel Chidumayo (Zambia) : woodlands and savannas
  3. Mahamane Larwanou (Niger) : Dry forests and the Sahelian region
  4. Macarthy Oyebo (Nigeria): International debates on forestry and climate change 
  5. Alfred Opere (Kenya): Global change processes
  6. Willy Makundi (Tanzania): Carbon trade and markets, and links with UNFCCC
  7. Godwin Kowero (Tanzania) : Socio-economic and policy issues.

The panel also consults when issues fall outside its competence.

D. The Finance Committee

Terms of reference of the Finance Committee

1. With respect to financial matters, the Committee shall have the responsibility to monitor, analyse and advice to the GC on the following:

a) Budgeting policies and principles;

b)  Accounting policies and principles;

c) Internal control, risk management, insurance and capital investment policies and principles;

d) Forecast the general financial situation of the Forum, i.e. the relation between projected incomes and programme goals and expenditures, for periods determined by the GC;

e) The annual budget linked to the Annual Programme of Work;

f) The annual and semi-annual expenditure reports;

2. With respect to audit matters, the Committee shall have the responsibility to monitor, analyse and give advice to the GC on the following:

  • The annual audited financial statements;
  • The reports of the external auditor with respect to the state of the Forum’s internal control systems, and the management letter provided by the external auditors to AFF;
  • The formal representation letter provided by the Executive Secretary to the external auditors;
  • The quality of service and performance of the auditors; and annually recommend to the Governing Council the appointment/discharge of the external auditors, as well as the terms of their audit engagement and related fees (the “Annual Audit Plan”).

Members of the Finance Committee (FC)

  1. Bjorn Lundgren- Chair - Sweden.
  2. Ben Chikamai – Kenya (in coming member of the GC)
  3. Fredrick Owino-Kenya
  4. Jürgen Blaser –Switzerland
  5. Alima Issufo - Mozambique

Ex-officio: Godwin Kowero- Executive Secretary (AFF).

E. Project Steering and Advisory Committee-PSAC - Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa

Members to the PSAC

  1. Prof. David Okali-Nigeria
  2. Dr. Bjorn Lundgren-Sweden
  3. Prof. Brice Sinsin-Benin
  4. Prof. Demel Teketay-Ethiopia
  5. Mr. Mafa Chipeta-Malawi
  6. Prof.Mahamane Larwanou –Head of Programmes Management Unit-AFF
  7. 1 person from Sida-Nairobi-Mr. Thomas Opande
  8. Dr. Doris Mutta- Senior Programme Officer and Project Manager-ex-officio-Secretary to PSAC
  9. Dr. Juergen Blaser-Switzerland
  10. Ms Anna Chileshe-Masinja-Zambia
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