The SDGs implementation process in Zimbabwe is currently very had hoc. The government has not taken an effort to consult stakeholders broadly. After the signing of the SDGs in New York in 2015, the government through the Ministry of Macroeconomic Planning and Investment Promotion that is tasked with the responsibility of coordinating the SDGs implementation, held a one-day meeting with selected stakeholders, mostly government departments and UN agencies to prioritize the SDGs for national implementation. To this end, the Government has prioritized ten out the 17 SDGs although it says they will seek to deliver on all the SDGs. The following is the priority list: ( 8, 7, 2, 9, 6, 13, 17, 3, 4 & 5).
The government has gone ahead to align theses priority Goals to the country’s national plan and Ten-Point Plan. The Poverty Reduction Forum (PRFT) being a lead CSO player in the SDGs at the national level has engaged the responsible Ministry to try and understand the implementation plan that the government has in store. We are made to understand that the government plans to have a national launch of the SDGs after which it will undertake provincial launches. According to the plan, the government will set up SDGs Working Groups. Among the TORs for the Working groups are:
- Meeting at least once a month to take stock of SDG implementation progress
- Producing Quarterly Reports and submitting them to the Technical Committee;
- Contributing to the production of Annual SDG Reports.
The Ministry of Macroeconomic Planning & Investment Promotion will chair the Working groups while Co-chairs will be drawn from the Private Sector, CSOs and UN agencies.
The Proposed Working Groups and the SDGs they will be focusing on are:
- Food Security and Nutrition working group ( SDGs 1,2 and 12)
- Infrastructure and Utilities Working Group (SDGs 3,7 and 9)
- Value Addition and Beneficiation (SDGs 9 and 12)
- Social Services and Poverty Reduction Working Group (SDGs 3,4 ,5 and 6
- Water, Climate and the Environment (SDGs 3,6,12, 13, 14 and 15)
- Public Administration and Governance (SDGs 8,10,11 and 16)
- Fiscal Reform Measures Working Group (SDGs 8 and10)
Given the socio-political situation prevailing in Zimbabwe at the moment, the government has a huge challenge to raise resource domestically to implement the SDGs. The inflows from donor funds are also dwindling. To date, the government has not launched the SDGs. However, several SCOs in their individual capacities are raising awareness on SDGs in various ways. The Poverty Reduction Forum Trust is running an awareness project on SDGs were it is training journalists on reporting on SDGs, running a radio programme as well as development of social media materials. As the PRFT, we are not aware of any CSO platform in existence at the moment and the Poverty Reduction Forum Trust is in the process of setting up one. We are therefore putting ourselves up as the country contact for purposes of the AWG processes. The contact person and organizational details are:
Judith Kaulem ( Executive Director)
Poverty Reduction Forum Trust
No. 59 Mendel Road, Avondale, Harare. Zimbabwe
Tel:+263 4 307472/3