Africa CSO Working Group holds a successful event in New York on “Regional and National Follow-up and Review Mechanisms: Opportunities and Challenges for Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa”
On May 18th 2015, the Mission of Tanzania to the United Nations, Beyond 2015, Africa CSOs
Working Group on Post-2015 (AWG), co-hosted a side event at the United Nations Headquarters, at the margins of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiation. The side-event, attended by over 55 participants, intended to promote a dialogue on the existing regional and national institutional frameworks and mechanisms for follow up and review in Africa and explored opportunities and challenges for adapting them to the post-2015 development agenda.
Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso, from African Monitor and AWG, opened the discussion by raising
questions on how to make the agenda actionable. Drawing from her experience with grassroots organizations, she expressed the concerns of people on the grounds who do not understand how this agenda, agreed at the high-level, can have a true impact on people’s lives.
Songelael Shilla, representing the Mission of Tanzania, focused on his national experience
concerning the MDGs. His remarks called for a bottom up approach in designing follow up and review mechanisms. Furthermore, he underpinned that more attention should be given to monitoring national institutional design, along with the traditional strategy to observe financial gaps among countries.
Sarah Lawan, from NEPAD, underscored the importance of building on existing African
mechanisms when thinking follow up and review mechanisms in the African continent. The African Peer Review Mechanism, which is in place since 2003, counts with 35 countries, out of which 17 have already been reviewed on different areas. She considers the APRM fit to support the SDG’s implementation through a truly African perspective.
Albert Gyan, from Africa Development Interchange Network, further reiterated the importance of focusing on existing African Mechanisms as well as investing on citizen participation. His input was mainly drawn from the Africa CSO Working Group consolidated submission on Accountability that was shared at a UNECA meeting last year. He further noted that, enabling the citizens on the ground to have ownership of the process will allow them to strengthen it and take it further. While he considers the odds to be against civil society, Gyan believes that they should engage intensely in the process, keeping in mind the agenda’s integrality. Mr. Gyan believes in the power of lessons learned and in home-grown solutions for Africa.
Stephen Chacha, from Beyond 2015 Africa, addressed the role of citizen engagement in the
follow up and review of the P\post 2015 Development Agenda by sharing experiences based on existing African follow up and review mechanisms at regional and national level. He emphasized the need for an inclusive and participatory approach and that the success of the new framework lies on citizen engagement in development, implementation, and follow and review at all levels. He noted that the post 2015 successes should be assessed and measured through citizens’ eyes and concluded that a robust, inclusive and participatory follow up mechanisms is crucial, as it will not be acceptable to wait until 2030 to conclude that the SDGs have not been achieved.
Dr. Bartholomew Armah, from UNECA drew attention on the FfD track’s strategic
importance in the agenda’s implementation and that should, therefore, be a central area of
interest for follow up and review. According to him, funds providers should be also brought to the monitoring table. The silos approach should be overcome and a transformative thinking should be put in place to promote national resilience and foster development. He emphasized that the process was as important as the end product.
The event was moderated by Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso, from African Monitor, and made in
collaboration with NEPAD.