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Monday, 25 September 2017

Letter to World Leaders on the second anniversary of their signing of Agenda 2030.

Paul Shaw
Increasing conflict and inequality, unprecedented levels of migration and displacement, the devastating effects of climate change, ocean acidification, deforestation to satisfy our demand for meat and palm oil, excess use of herbicides and pesticides polluting ground water systems, plastics destroying eco-systems, political extremism and disenfranchisement, the share of wealth increasingly imbalanced within and between countries - these are just some of the issues that define our age, issues that go beyond national boundaries, issues that require concerted effort at a global level to tackle.
On 25 September 2015, 193 governments signed up to a roadmap for the planet and its people by adopting Agenda 2030, defined by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs demand an end to extreme poverty by 2030, poverty that condemns millions of people, especially women and girls, to an early death, poor education and ill health; a turning point in the levels of inequality and discrimination; an accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy; protection of the planet whilst ensuring inclusive peace and prosperity.
2 years on little progress seems to have been made. It is now even more important to continue to let our world leaders know that we're watching them, that we stand at the turning point for the future of people and the planet. The World's largest Civil Society Movement, Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is mobilising local, regional, national and continental CSO's from across the world to monitor the implementation of the SDGs, to ensure that countries achieve the goals and meet and exceed the targets for all groups. It will work to transform unjust and impoverishing aspects of the global economic and financial architecture as well as the root causes of violent conflicts. It will work to ensure that civil society and people’s voices are not relegated to the margins, that people’s voices are incorporated into SDG implementation and decision-making at all levels and that campaigners should feel safe to mobilize constituents for greater accountability, gender justice and climate action.
Today, the 25th September, CSO's will unite across the world to raise voices for the generations of tomorrow. Hundreds of actions are planned across the globe including in Scotland. We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions; to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment; to protect the planet from degradation; to push for urgent action on climate change; to ensure that all human beings can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives; that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature; to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies free from fear and violence; to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable.
Agenda 2030 must be institutionalised in our Parliaments through setting up of an SDG committee to ensure its continuous and consistent engagement with our Paliamentarians, creating a framework for SDG Governance and accountability, enabling an environment for multi-stakeholder engagement and ensuring availability of data on SDG progress to inform the work of all committees in setting priorities and allocating resources for SDG implementation. This data must also be available for the general public to monitor the progress being made and check the promise of our World Leaders in 2015 is being kept.
13 years remain to challenge the structural and root causes of inequalities and poverty, including climate change. Any Governments, private sector and international institutions, including the UN, who deliberately obstruct Agenda 2030 must be held to account. Policies that promote equality such as tax justice, decent work, redistributive measures, social protection and gender equality are crucial.
The SDGs offer the hope of a future where people live in harmony on a safe, sustainable planet. We have the tools, knowledge and resources to make a big difference. When we come together we can make a difference. As we continue on this collective journey no one must be left behind.


Monday, 12 June 2017

#NAYDSDGs Eritrea picture of activities

Lead Eritrea is an initiative aimed at empowering Eritrean youth by taking them to international events, Hosting conferences, advocating on improvement of country condition and motivating young people to leadership and achieving goals. Lead Eritrea is a proud supporter and participant of the Network of African Youth for Development (NAYD). This document serves the annual report Lead Eritrea for the fiscal year of 2016 to 2017 on its involvement towards making the Sustainable Development Goals achievable as part of the UN-DESA.

Leadership and Values Training

7th One Young World summit

Human Rights, Migration and the Route to Democracy Conference

7th One Young World summit

Future aims include motivating young Eritreans
 to advocate for refugee resettlement and 

#NAYDSDGs Sierra Leone - Training to help team development of a Country Plan

Executive Summary
The United Nations in the year 2000 established the Millennium Development Goals to assist countries work toward those goals especially Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries, to become middle level income countries. Unfortunately Sierra Leone was unable to meet the eight MDGs. We still continue to grapple as a nation; in September 2015 the United Nations further developed what is now referred to as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are seventeen. Sierra Leone has acceded to this document made a lot of commitments and has already aligned the SDGs to the national agenda called the Agenda for Prosperity.
The SDGs is a very powerful tool to be used for any country’s development agenda especially Sierra Leone that was decimated by the Ebola virus disease and its Gross Domestic Product reduced. The membership of the Network of African Youth for Development (NAYD) on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Sierra Leone Chapter comprising nine (9) local Non-governmental Organizations, organized a one (1) day Training of Trainers workshop on Tuesday 13th December, 2016 at the Scripture Union Hall, 74 Pademba Road, Freetown to develop a Country Plan of Action and identify tools to monitor the SDGs in rural communities in Sierra Leone using young people’s organization.
The objective of the training was to empower the membership of NAYD SL to identify tools to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals in rural communities in Sierra Leone using young people’s organizations. The outcome of the training was to build a Country Plan of Action like other countries in the region have done.

The organizers of the event NAYD SL invited one of the architect of this fine document, former Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella as the keynote speaker and Chief Facilitators to build a Country Plan and identify tools to monitor SDG 7 i.e. Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 2 i.e. Zero Hunger.

Introducing the keynote speaker, the Team Lead NAYD SL Chapter Thomas Pa Alie Babadie briefed his membership to take into consideration the importance of the SDGs into their organizations activities as this will help inform the public about the Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. Thomas Babadie also gave an overview of the network’s activities in the next three years and the composition of the membership of NAYD SL Chapter; he assured the membership of continuous engagements in 2017 on six (6) of the SDGs i.e.2, 3, 4,5,6,7and 17.

Dr. Kandeh Yumkella with cross section of Participants
Dr. Yumkella in his opening speech gave an overview of how a Country Plan is developed. He created a nexus between the eight (8) Millennium Development Goals and the seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals in which he was a key player with appointment from Mr. Ban Ki Moon, former United Nations Secretary General.

In his statement, Dr. Yumkella emphasized the importance of improved energy and agriculture which Africa and the world over are moving towards. He also underscored the importance of mainstreaming the SDGs and the national agenda as this will help cushion the problems Africa faces especially Sierra Leone, a post war country. Whilst speaking to participants, Dr. Yumkella made specific reference to Rwanda, a country referred to as a thousand miles on the hills. They do not have minerals but provide services which have attracted many players in the international scenes. Have very fast internet facilities.

Countries he quoted that have made tremendous strides in achieving the MDGs are Republic of Ghana, Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius, Rwanda and Seychelles. Dr. Yumkella also highlighted ways in which the continent can benefit in the implementation of the SDGs as it was with the five (5) Asian Tigers, who tailored the SDGs according to their culture and tradition.

The consultative braining storming was a maiden step to bring together cross section of Civil Societies and other stakeholders to deepened understanding on the essence of the SGDs aiming at leaving no one behind. Sierra Leone with no exception is one of the countries that have signed up and have made commitments for its implementation. It is expected that each country that have signed up to the SDGs must work to implement its.
Against this backdrop, the Network of African youth Development Sierra Leone chapter (NAYD-SL) want to undertake monitoring of the SDGs implementation to determine its achieved bench marks in Sierra Leone. This cannot be done without the adequate understanding on how they were crafted and for what purpose, who is responsible and who are they meant for. It is also important to know how to develop monitoring strategy and the exact tools fit for that purpose.
Dr.Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella giving an overview of the Country Plan

Consultative Brainstorming
The brain storming session was meant for Local Non-governmental Organization, university students and other stakeholders to deliberate the development of an activity plan for the monitoring of the SDGs in Sierra Leone. Prior to this, a statement was delivered by Dr. Kandeh Yumkela a crafter and one of the architect of the sustainable development goals, especially goal three (3) sustainable energy for all. The keynote speaker Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella in his statements highlighted that, he was part of the development of the SDGs and mentioned that, these goals were developed for countries to achieve these in the set time.
In his statement, he emphasized on the use of energy and also intimated participants that, the richer people need more raw materials from poor countries and this have destroyed the environments in poorer countries, he also said, the richer countries emit green house gases and this has affected Africa and for this reason the MDGs were needed for sustainable development.
In conclusion Dr. Kandeh informed participants that, the goals were originally 8 when it was first launched in year 2000 but were extended to 17 goals in year 2015. Among these goals energy is very important and has been referred to as the goals that interconnect with all other goals commonly called “NEXUS”, which he said, he will leave with us.
Plan international’s representative Mr. Joseph Konneh Program Support Manager, Field Operations highlighted Plan International’s thematic intervention for potential collaboration with NAYD-SL and these interventions include; Child Protection, Health, Education and Livelihoods.
He advised that, selected goals be targeted that specifically applies to Sierra Leone during the development of the strategic plan for the monitoring of SDGs in Sierra Leone.

Alignment of goals to MDAs
The exercise to align specific goals to MDAs as applicable to the scope of mandates and coverage of MDAs were carried out through group work that spans 45 munities. A detail of the work is seen below.
After plenary discussions, the following goals were agreed upon for the monitoring of the SDGs in Sierra Leone and they are as follows.
1.      Goal 7 Affordable energy
2.      Goal 2 Zero Hunger
3.      Goal 6 Clean water and sanitation
4.      Goal 3 Good health and wellbeing
5.      Goal 5 Gender equality
6.      Goal 4 Education
7.      Goal 17 Partnership on the goals
Goal 7
Min. of Energy, EDSA, Gbumbuna, Min. Agriculture, private sector on solar light and EPA.
Goal 2
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Food and Agricultural Organization, Non-Governmental Organizations, UN agencies, Farmer’s Associations, Ministry of Marine Resources.
Goal 6
Ministry of water Resources, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy, Non-Governmental Organizations and UN agencies.
Goal 3
Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security,  Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Social welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Nurses and Doctors.
Goal 5
Ministry of Social welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs, National Youth Commission, UN agencies, Local government, Human Rights Commission.
Goal 4
Ministry of Education, Technical Vocational Institutes and Universities, Local Councils, Education Committee and UN agencies.
Goal 17
All the above

#NAYDSDGs in Zimbabwe

Youth 4 SDGs
Zimbabwe has an organised country team named Youth 4 SDGs that has been formed by youth organisations in the country working on different SDGs. Youth 4 SDGs a National Youth Taskforce on Sustainable Development Goals formed by 100 Youth organizations working in 10 provinces of Zimbabwe in 2016. The overall objective of the National Working Group is to provide strategic direction for youth inclusion and participation in the country implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals working in conjunction with local CSOs, UN agencies, government and development partners. In addition to this, the Youth 4 SDGs envisions a defined role for youth actors in the monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs at the country level and initiated a Youth-led Country program on the SDGs. The National working Group is led by a Technical Committee that is composed of selected members listed above, these help to coordinate activities, communication among other as defined in the terms of reference.

NAYO acts as the secretariat and convener of the Youth 4 SDGs Zimbabwe country team. The Youth for SDGS seeks to educate youth in rural, peri-urban, mining areas, farms and urban areas on the SDGs, their importance and link to policies and national development in Zimbabwe (See attached recent Youth for SDGs Report for a program in the Mining town of Kadoma). Youth for SDGs represented by NAYO is an official representative of Youth in the National Working Committee in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion. The organization is also part of National SDGs Technical Working Group for Civil Society in Zimbabwe representing youth. Youth for SDGs Zimbabwe is part of national monitoring framework for Zimbabwe and also working with UN at local level. 

At regional #NAYDSDGs and Agenda 2030; all this formations has mechanism to review, popularize, monitor SDGs and strengthen the work of SDGs in general. At local level the team is responsible collating work being done by youth, monitor progress from youth perspective, review and feedback to the Government through the responsible Ministry among other key establishment that work on the SDGs
Youth for SDGs is working closely with the Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning & Investment Promotion, which deals with the SDGs within government and engaging an array of actors to support the work of youth on SDGs. 

More info on Youth 4 SDGs

Monday, 8 May 2017

Empowering Young African Women

Rwanda’s approach to implement the SDGs

Global Contribution to SDGs
Rwanda was selected to pilot SDGS on Governance and Rule of Law in recognition of its experience in measuring governance indicators using Rwanda Governance Scorecards (RGS): “The report shows the role of human and institutional capacities and effective institutions and systems in delivering on MDGs and recommendations on integrating Capacity development in SDGs”
Rwanda hosts the Africa Sustainable Development Goals Center which drive innovation and research towards achievement of the SDGs in Africa.

SDGs Domestication
Ø  The National MDG Progress Report and Domestication Roadmap for SDGs was submitted to the Cabinet;
Ø  National institute of Statistics in Rwanda (NISR) made some preliminary assessment of SDGs indicators in Rwanda’s context;
Ø  MINECOFIN with the support from One UN: Translated the SDGs into Kinyarwanda and Distribution was done to the National Dialogue Council (Umushyikirano) participants;
Ø  Initial Gap Analysis study to assess the level of domestication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the existing National Development Plans was commissioned. The outcome of the gap analysis is expected to inform the formulation of a detailed plan to domesticate and prioritize the new elements brought by the SDGs.

Gap Analysis
Ø  In total, 14 Sector Strategic Plans were primarily consulted in the assessment process of the level of integration of the 160 SDG indicators from the 17 Goals
Ø  EDPRS-2 and Vision 2020 were also consulted for some other macro-level indicators that were not observed in the Sector Strategic Plans.
Three levels of integration were identified and assessed:
1.      Fully reflected SDG indicators that provide the same meaning and measurement as the national indicators and hence do not require further adjustment.
2.      Partially reflected SDG indicators that are partially captured in the national development plans in terms of formulation, disaggregation and measurement unit and content
3.      Not reflected SDG indicators are indicators that are not at all integrated in any of the national development plans.
Key findings so Far
The findings show that out of 160 SDG indicators assessed:
v  38 (27%) are fully reflected
v  51 (36%) are partially reflected
v  51 (36%) are not reflected
v  20 globally monitored or N/A are not reflected in the national development frameworks

SDGs Communication and Coordination Framework for Rwanda
Effective National Coordination framework:
v  Development Partners Coordination Group: to facilitate high level dialogue on National Priorities and implementation mechanisms with partners on SDGs and EDPRS
v  Sector Working Groups (SWGs): established in 2008 bringing together civil society, donors, private sector and the government to discuss, design and monitor sector specific strategies.
v  Joint Action Development Forum (JADF): established in 2007 to serve as a consultative forum for District Development Stakeholders (CSOs, NGOs, Development Partners, Private and Public Sectors and Local Government).
Examples of Home Grown Initiatives
Governance Month for accountability & Transparency
Girinka (One Cow per Poor Family)
Umuganda (Community Works)
Umushyikirano (National Dialogue)
Abunzi (Mediation Committees)
Ubudehe (Participatory socioeconomic development mechanism)
Imihigo (Performance Contracts)
Umwiherero (National Leadership Retreat)
Access to Justice Bureaus (MAJ)
One Laptop Per Child
Agaciro Development Fund
Governance Month

9 and 12 years Basic Education
Land use consolidation
Itorero/ Ingando (National Academy for Civic Education)

Universal medical insurance
Crop intensification program
Army week

Rwanda SDGs Localization Approach
Oversight and

Senate and Parliament
Oversight of the progress, endorsing plans and budgets, demanding accountability
Strategic Orientation

Approval of financing and implementation plans, strategic guidance
Strategic Monitoring

Leadership Retreat Umushyikirano/National Dialogue

Annual Monitoring and Accountability
Technical Advisor

Technical Advice and support to implementation
National Technical

Integrating SDGs in plans and budgets, Monitoring and evaluating progress,
Sector Coordination
Ministerial Clusters
Addressing Cross Sectoral issues
Technical Consultations

Sector Working Groups
Forum for engaging all stakeholders, monitoring sector level
Districts coordination
District Councils, Districts Joint Action Development Forums (JADFs)

Forum for engaging all stakeholders, monitoring District level

Community Outreach through UMUGANDA and Districts administrative organs e. g. Sectors, Cells, Villages
Citizen Participation and engagement forums

Way Forward
Ø  Rwanda has a strong comparative advantage for SDGs domestication: Leadership and Political will
Ø  SDGs cannot be implemented in isolation, they require inputs from all sectors to achieve the global and ambitious plan;
Ø  There is need for capacity to deliver on the 2030 Agenda;

For effective implementation of the SDGs, there is a need:
v Further Gap Analysis
ü  To share the results from this Initial Gap Analysis (Phase1) through sector level consultations for ownership and adjusting SWG M&E matrices through Forward looking JSR - May/June 2016(Done)
ü  To conduct a more detailed analysis of Policy gaps (Phase 2) based on the final set of approved SGD indicators –May 2016 (Done)
ü  Updating of National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS) indicator framework; including plans for developing relevant baselines - May to June 2016 (Done)
v  Communication
ü  National Launch (TBD by Cabinet) (Done)
ü  Sensitization of Political Parties Forum - March 2016 (Done)
ü  Elaborating Full Communication Strategy - May 2016 (Done)
ü  To establish an overall Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the SDG (SDG Africa Center)- Jan to June 2016 (Done)
ü  Other activities: Sensitization of Parliamentarians and District Councils, development of simplified localized communication tools
v  Full Integration of SDGs
ü  In elaboration of EDPRS 3 and Vision 2050 (2016 - 2017) (on track)

ü  To be integrated into new SSPs and DDPs (2016 - 2017) (on track)