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Kickstarting the Agendas: Lessons for Africa

Two years into the ratification of the SDGs and four years into Agenda 2063, how has Africa been proactive in implementing the goals and objectives of these mutual agendas?

This question is an inquiry on kick-starting the Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 dialogue. The implementation of these agendas will require integration and collaboration guided by four universal elements:

Role of Government

African governments at the national and local level must align Agenda 2063 and the SDGs to the right policy framework including their political manifestos. This means integrating specific goals and desired outcomes into local priorities and strategies as part of a mid-term and long-term national development plan.

While most African countries like Kenya through the Vision 2030 and Rwanda Vision 2020 already had their thirty to fifty year development master plans in place prior to the ratification of the dual agendas, the inter-connectedness of these agendas provide an opportunity for re-alignment of national development frameworks. Rwanda has paved the way through the Rwanda Vision 2050 which has incorporated new global commitments such as the SDG’s Agenda 2030 and Africa Union’s Agenda 2063.

Stakeholders are important  

The development of silo mentality occurs when key actors engaged in policy implementation do not share information, goals, priorities or tools resulting to divergent outcomes. Silo mentality present challenges which tend to be overlapping and self-defeating during the implementation of such noble goals and objectives.

The objectives of these dual agendas are cross-cutting which creates complexities that require the engagement of multiple stakeholders to maximize ownership and participation at all levels, after all development cannot take place in a vacuum. For instance, within the African context, a robust private sector can create jobs and through public private partnerships can mobilize the required financing for specific intervention areas specified in Agenda 2063 while government focuses on provision of public goods such as physical infrastructure which opens up new markets for the private sector to invest in.

A wide range of actors collaborating, communicating and interacting means wider priorities and targets can be met jointly.

Financing for development

It will cost a mind boggling 1.4 trillion dollars per year to attain Agenda 2030, while the cost estimates of attaining Agenda 2063 is not publicly available. Inadequate financing during the implementation phase will pose a great threat to the attainment of these dual agendas.

The financing mechanism for Agenda 2063 has been articulated through the Agenda 2063 First Ten Year Implementation Plan (2014 – 2023). The Resource Mobilization Strategy seeks to ensure that funds are available for implementation at the national, regional and continental level. “Goal 20, Priority Areas 2 and 3 under aspiration 7 of the first Ten Year Plan sets targets / strategies for Member States to increase the quantum of domestic resources mobilized in real terms and also takes steps to minimize aid dependency and maximize benefits from partnerships”. To ensure implementation, the plan seeks comprehensive financing through innovative domestic resource mobilization and new partnership strategies for each intervention area at the three levels of implementation.

Policy makers, governments and civil society have participated in multitude of conferences to chart the way forward in development financing through the Financing For Development forum.This is an intergovernmental forum which seeks to review the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and other financing mechanisms to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.

With limitations in public budgets, other financing mechanisms will be required to compliment African government’s financing for SDG’s and Agenda 2063.

Capacity Building

The people for whom the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 should matter most to are likely unaware of these objectives and the implications to their bottom line. This includes, according to the World Bank, a disenfranchised population in Africa of 48.5% living below the poverty line, unemployed and lacking access to basic needs like health, quality education, water and sanitation services to live a life of dignity.

Capacity building amongst all actors to build awareness or knowledge is critical in attaining opportunities presented by SDG’s and Agenda 2063. These opportunities include creating partnerships, financing for implementation, citizen engagement and mobilizing communities to take the lead through a myriad of little changes in the local context which add up to the whole.

 

In conclusion, the four key elements highlighted on this blog post provide a basic foundation for Africa to kick-start or bench-mark the necessary requirements for the attainment of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030. The purpose for this blog post is to spur thinking and converge ideas around the dual agendas in attaining sustainable development.

What other ideas do you think can facilitate the implementation of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030? Let’s engage in the comment section.

Africa is possible!

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Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the CSR Africa Dialogues platform.

The journey to this blog has taken time to actualize, but it is finally here to bring into context our shared African aspirations and the journey to realizing these ambitious and well-intentioned goals that aim at making Africa a better and different continent to live in.

I believe that Africa is possible! It is possible for the one billion inhabitants united in diversity and a common heritage, united through the common vision of Pan-African movement and the struggles of all those who came before us, to live a life of dignity and prosperity.

All of us, in all spheres of influence, are called upon to realize and work towards an inclusive and sustainable society. In 2013, African governments ratified the Agenda 2063a strategic framework for Africa’s socio-economic transformation over the next 50 years. Agenda 2063 builds on the implementation of past and existing initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

Agenda 2063 paints the Africa of the future, the Africa we want entails:

1. A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development

2. An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance

3. An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice
and the rule of law

4. A peaceful and secure Africa

5. An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics

6. An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of
its women and youth

7. Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner.

In line with Agenda 2063 is the Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development framework which was universally adopted by governments in 2015. It defines global priorities and aspirations which entails a comprehensive framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to address global and localized challenges through joint endeavour between countries and all communities. The SDG goals are:

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The intersection of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 presents a holistic strategy for addressing the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable development. The implementation of these dual agendas embody sustainability, inclusiveness and integration.

The achievement of these goals in Africa is possible if all stakeholders understand and contribute to their attainment. Governments have agreed to take action, it is time for Africa’s policy makers, civil society, private sector, academia and the citizenry to take the lead and create positive impact in eliminating extreme poverty through responsible, inclusive and sustainable actions.

CSR Africa Dialogues mission is to answer and rally the call in attaining SDGs and “The Africa We Want” manifesto through knowledge share and innovation exchange.

Africa is possible!

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