'It starts with where you are and with what you have' - Judyannet Muchiri, NAYD social media editor

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Are High Level Political Forums a waste of time?

The Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development and Co-operation aims to amplify the positive impact of development co-operation over the next 15 years. However, after the disappointments of the High Level Political Forum in New York in July one has to ask if these meetings are really an excuse for an 'establishment' get together full of empty promises but with no serious follow up action. Watch the interview with Patson Malisa, President of the Organisation of African Youth.


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Declaração do Dia da Juventude Africana - Pochi Tamba Nsoh, Fundadora da NAYD





Se tiveres de sonhar, fá-lo ALTO e arrojadamente!

Hoje, a África diz que o mundo deve celebrar os jovens como agentes-chave de mudança. Na NAYD, é para mim uma oportunidade para contemplar a luz do sol, a energia da juventude africana e a sua resiliência, ciente que apesar de muitas vezes serem menos educados do que a maioria, menos equipados, mas que apesar de tudo conseguem obter resultados. Como fundadora de um grupo de jovens que hoje conta com membros em todo o mundo, permitam-me partilhar um pouco mais sobre este sentimento de ser uma jovem africana.

Para a maioria de nós que foi picado pelo bichino do desejo de mudança, a vida apresenta-se a cada momento como uma escolha difícil de fazer. Optas por comer, comprar roupa, um telefone novo, ir dançar, desanimar, ou tomas a decisão de fazer o que o coração te compele? Uma vez dados os primeiros passos, aceitas remar contra a maré - ditadura, corrupção, mudança climática, desigualdade de género, conflitos, terrorismo, só para citar alguns desafios, embora mal equipados e sem formação adequada? Aceitas avançar para o mundo inseguro dos que se atrevem, ou resignas-te a cruzar os braços como muitos e limitas-te a ver as coisas correr mal. Viver em África e falar alto sobre mudança pode ser uma tarefa difícil para qualquer jovem. Se optaste pelo caminho de mudar África, então este é um bom dia para eu te lembrar que milhares de jovens africanos como tu acreditam que podemos pôr fim à violação, podemos alcançar melhores cuidados de saúde, podemos dizer NÃO quando acreditamos que algo não está certo, e que não há nada de errado em escutar os sussurros do coração. Aproveito para partilhar convosco o exemplo de alguns desses jovens espalhados por todo o continente.

Stephen Machua,  "Uma voz emergente para a África", consciente das questões que afectam a juventude e apaixonado por assuntos de liderança. Já criou várias plataformas para ajudar a formar líderes juvenis.

Tinashe Lindel Dirwai,  Um membro activo da associação Poder da Palavra (www.poweroftheword.org), uma organização sem fins lucrativos que visa "dar ouvidos" à voz oprimida das mulheres do Zimbabué.

Judyannet Muchiri, Uma verdadeira "cruzada africana" dos nossos dias e agente de mudança, que acredita que a África é uma participante com os mesmos direitos nos assuntos globais e que o poder dos mídias sociais serve para unir as pessoas sob a bandeira de uma agenda comum.

NNADI Anthony Kevin Desenvolveu uma vasta experiência em áreas como saúde reprodutiva, educação pelo grupo de pares, mentoria, advocacia e mobilização da comunidade, gestão estratégica e liderança e mudança climática.

Jean Paul Brice Affana É Chefe de Programas de Juventude da Associação Internacional para o Avanço de Abordagens Inovadoras para Desafios Globais (IAAI - International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenge), uma organização com sede na Áustria.

Estes jovens, tal como eu, estão determinados em avançar com a mudança, um passo de cada vez, e já deixaram uma marca positiva com as suas várias iniciativas. São também voluntários que trabalham para estabelecer a ponte entre os milhares de jovens africanos empenhados em criar um futuro melhor através da rede NAYD. Este é sem dúvida um bom momento para reconhecer o seu compromisso, e através deles, o de milhões de jovens que em todo o mundo lutam pela mudança. É desta forma que eu acredito que podemos tirar partido do dividendo demográfico - trabalhando juntos, sem nunca desistir!


Lembra-te que nada de bom é fácil. Se o mundo em que queres viver é de sonho, faz dele um grande sonho. Pois aqueles que são arrojados nos seus sonhos, alcançam muito mais. Não deixes de comemorar o dia de hoje, mas redobra o teu compromisso para com o dia de amanhã. Um mundo melhor depende disso.

Pochi Tamba-Nsoh

Friday, 21 October 2016

L'équipe du Niger a eu une réunion de travail avec le Président de la commission National des Droits Humains.


L'équipe du Niger a eu une réunion de travail avec le Président de la commission National des Droits Humains. Cette réunion a eu pour objecter de présenter l'equipe du Niger , ses activités et de nouer un partenariat entre les deux parties. Le Président de la commission a accueilli favorablement le partenariat avec l'équipe du Niger et nous a assuré de sa disponibilité pour le partenariat. Ainsi le secrétaire général de la CNDH a été instruit pour prendre en compte le plan d'action de l'équipe du Niger dans le programme 2017 de la commission. En fin l'équipe du niger est invité à participer à l'atelier de planification stratégique de la commission nationale des droits humains (CNDH)

The team of Niger had a working meeting with the President of the National human rights commission. This meeting was to object to present the team of Niger, its activities and establish a partnership between the two parties. The President of the commission welcomed the partnership with the team of Niger and assured us of his availability for the partnership. So the Secretary general of the national human rights Commission has been instructed to take into account the plan of action of the Niger team in the 2017 Commission program. In the end the niger team is invited to participate in the strategic planning of the national commission of human rights (CNDH) workshop,

Monday, 10 October 2016

GENDER EQUALITY : PANACEA FOR QUALITY EDUCATION

When talking about gender, it’s a social construction of how the male and female sex are or wired. Taking about gender equality is highly controversial in nature.
‬ According to new research, both men and women have better quality of life in countries with a high degree of gender equality than in those with less gender equality .We are all one just difference in makeup so why this indifference?
Quality education is just about the innovative combination of both forms of education.
There's more of gender inequality in most developing countries than developed countries and this is due to the fact that in Africa we've been made to believe that some things should be done by a particular gender and not the other,, take for instance,, it is believed in Africa that only the women should cook while the man sits and waits for the food; Also it is believed that a man must be the one providing the food... If we look at this critically.
This setting doesn't really work in most developed countries
The Organization also encourages mainstreaming gender equality issues in education at all levels
(From early childhood to higher education), in all settings (from formal, non-formal and informal), and in all intervention areas (from planning infrastructure to training teachers).
Gender inequality in education takes many forms depending on the context. Though gender inequality affects girls and boys, women and men alike, girls and women are still more often disadvantaged.
The truth of the matter is this; gender equality remains the most widely discussed issue around the world today and this is because the question of equally draws on a variety of implications. Human beings can never be equal, no sentiments attached, however men and women should be given the same opportunities before that law, be accorded the same volume of respect. Only in this sense can gender equality be sort; among the obstacles in the way of women’s and girls’ability to exercise their right to participate in, complete and benefit from education are poverty, geographical isolation, minority status, disability, early marriage and pregnancy, gender based violence, and traditional attitudes about the status and role of women.
How can this same gender equality be a solution to quality education??
To move forward, every household must encourage their kids to treat the other sex just as they would want to be treated equally.
    SOLUTIONS
1. They should be a school in the home whereby evening Times. Parents and children discuss about lots of things; it bridges the gap between what's learnt at home and school; parents should have time for their kids.

2. The capacity of education, policy makers, planners, teachers and other education personnel regarding gender sensitive approaches should be developed.

3. Kids of today want edutainment not education really; the school curriculum should involve activities
 involving both sexes and highly interactive.

4. We need to understand what gender means, what are misconceptions, what are the challenges?
 How can we solve them?

5. Education begins at home. Regardless of whether it is quality education or not. The most important thing to note is this, parents must endeavour to expose children to the right background to learning, only then can these children begin to value education generally.

What are the most common mistakes made regarding gender? What policies are on ground to ensure this? How receptive is this gospel at grassroots levels
Gender are social constructed roles the society expects men and women to play
They are entirely different from sexes
In Nigeria for instance, women are known to keep the house, cook, clean, take care of the children and it stops there. Well in most areas-While for men, they expect that he is the bread winner, he is educated to a level,he is a worker and a protector, the head of the family in almost all parts of Africa
‬ Now the world has begun to change, norms are broken, stereotypes are not adhered to and the unusual is the trend. We see more number of women working, economically stable, owning properties and the likes which is in contrast to the old way, the days of women in purdah in the northern states, where women have no business in political affairs and in communicating with men... They hid their faces...they were regarded as the weaker sex
The stereotypes still exist but in bits, these were what expected of women then... But times are changing.
Women are very important to the educational sector because they are more populated than men...which implies a strong resource base that needs to be taped
We have to understand that the restrictions placed on women steam from a stereotype idea that our forefathers accepted to be the truth. These kind of stereotypes are affecting the womenfolk more than some of us are willing to admit. Until, the rest of Africa accepts to put a stop to the general notion, gender equality will just be another unresolved case.
So what are the solutions?
Emphasis is placed on them because they are vulnerable to all sorts of things... They are victims of bad cultural practices, they have little access to land or property , they are not economically stable compared to men and lots more... Gender equality does not imply that men and women are equal but it ensures for an enabling environment for both sexes to thrive without being discriminated... Nigeria would be better if more women are educated, if they are trained because educating the girl is educating a nation for she is a potential mother.
Most of us here buy into the same stereotypes, truth be told. Our orientation has to change.
It means that women should be engineers too; It means that women should be barbers too
So mind set needs to be reoriented
To add, it is not just about Nigeria, but Africa in its entirety.
It means that women can perform any role a man can; Why can't guys also be a teacher in the home, that is the social reconstruction.
It means that women have the right to be educated too. Maybe orientating ladies on stuffs like this will be more appropriate.
 For gender equality to be a reality. Men must lead  this fight for it not only women but about them also.
Gender is neutral, Equal opportunities for both. Sad as it sounds, most women have themselves accepted to remain in the background. They must let go of this inhibition.
Women are the vulnerable, in some African societies; boys don't go to school at all. The society must be willing to go all out for the woman just as much as the woman must put herself out there.
The campaign for quality education is shrouded in the ability to embrace the challenge to gain knowledge and subsequently put it to good use.
In Nigeria in the east they have more girls in school than boys... Who of course are involved in business?
They believe in training their daughters... but in the northern States you have more boys in school than girls. The girls are married off at an early age...they do not have the opportunity to finish school... So the issues is relative to location
Introduction of stipends for girls who hawk in the north to encourage them to attend schools. Scholarships for low income households who can't afford to send their daughters to school
In this case, our emphasis is on the girl child. She is the most disadvantaged given the kind of situation our society forces her to go through.

IN SUMMARY;
1 .Reorientation of the mind is key; proper remuneration scheme for rural teachers to encourage them; training of rural teachers in adherence to the required standard.
 2. It will be a boost for African youths to champion the campaign for an intellectual revolution.
3.  There should be a seminar for mothers educating them about their girl-child
4. Situations of crisis and instability. There a problem here too.
What we do, what we say and how we do or say what must send the right message. And if we fail to embrace the same principle, as one body, we are doomed.
5. Are we all willing to do what it takes to encourage quality education for all classes of children?
6. Educate Girls builds a cadre of village-based youth leaders to work as champions for girls' education and catalysts for school reform. It works in the schools as well as village communities spreading awareness about girl- child education. It boosts enrollment, retention and learning outcomes for all girls.
  BY TERNA,MOHAMMED YAKUB,DEOLA,SAM,MOSES,HAJI AND SHOLA
 COLLATED BY HAJI

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Lancement du Climate Marathon 2017/19


L’African Network for Policy Research and Advocacy for Sustainability (ANPRAS) et l’African Youth Initiative on Climate Change Mauritius (AYICC-Mauritius), en collaboration avec le Mouvement civique de Midlands (MCM), ont lancé samedi dernier, au centre Bien-être social, de Wooton le “Climate Marathon 2017/19”. 

Cette initiative vise à sensibiliser 42 villages sur le changement climatique. « Tout comme un marathon est couru sur 42 km, l’ANPRAS et l’AYICC Mauritius, en collaboration avec le MCM, lancent un projet innovant appelé “Climate Marathon”. Nous ciblerons 42 villages de Maurice, représentant environ 33% de la communauté rurale du pays, et organiserons, durant la période 2017-19, des sessions de sensibilisation et de renforcement des capacités à l’intention des villageois sur la résilience climatique face aux impacts du changement climatique », a expliqué Raj Chintaram, le coordinateur d’AYICC-Mauritius, au Mauricien. Il est intervenu au centre Bien-être social de Wooton samedi dernier lors du lancement de ce projet en présence de plusieurs personnalités du pays.


L’AYICC est un réseau africain d’organisation de jeunesse ayant pour objectif de sensibiliser les jeunes sur le changement climatique. Raj Chintaram a souhaité avoir le ministère des Administrations locales, l’association des autorités urbaines, les détenteurs du Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, le ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports, le Conseil des religions, le MACOSS de même que le ministère de l’Environnement comme parties prenantes dans ce projet. « Le changement climatique étant un problème environnemental affectant tout le monde, il est important que tout un chacun se sente concerné par la recherche d’une solution globale », a-t-il expliqué.



Les sujets qui seront abordés lors de ces sessions de sensibilisation sont notamment les impacts du changement climatique, les terminologies climatiques de base, les stratégies d’atténuation et d’adaptation au changement climatique, la gestion des risques des catastrophes, la “Climate Smart Agriculture”, les énergies propres et innovantes et la mise sur pied des antennes des AYICC dans les villages. « Nous voulons avoir une première génération de jeunes sensibilisés aux dangers du changement climatique et prête à multiplier les initiatives pour y faire face », a dit Raj Chintaram.

Outre les 42 villages précités, indique Raj Chintaram, le Climate Marathon 2017-19 se déclinera en quatre phases. Les 19 et 20 octobre aura lieu une “Climate March”, soit une marche pour le changement climatique. En 2017, les cinq conseils municipaux et les sept conseils de districts seront présents tour à tour lors des rencontres mensuelles. En 2018, ce sera au tour des 10 Regional Youth Centres/Councils d’être sensibilisés et, en 2019, le MACOSS, les Ong s’occupant de personnes handicapées, les académiciens et les mouvements estudiantins seront touchés par ce programme de sensibilisation. « Le Climate Marathon 2017/19 culminera en 2019 par un véritable marathon de 42,2 km du Trou-aux-Cerfs jusqu’au village du Bouchon », a conclu Raj Chintaram.

Taken from http://www.lemauricien.com/article/environnement-lancement-du-climate-marathon-201719

NAYD member Munyaradzi Muzenda promotes the SDGs in Zimbabwe

Six Zimbabwean cycled 54 kilometres to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tinotenda Chimanikire, aged 11 years was the youngest cyclist accompanied by Tapiwa Kubvo-runo, Munyaradzi Muzenda, Anyway Shoriwa, William Mapati and the Mayor of Marondera Mr Antony Makwindi. Each cyclist wore an SDG-branded t-shirt sponsored by the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG). This drew the attention of motorists and the general public. UNIC drove along with the cyclists and provided them with wa-ter.

“I cycled in support of SDG 1 which is ‘No Poverty. I am against poverty,” said Tapiwa Kubvoruno.
On arrival at UNIC, they participated in a press conference addressed by UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, the Principal Director in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Plan-ning and Investment In his statement, Mr Parajuli commended the cyclist for their determination and resolve. “I am so delighted by the commitment of these young individuals towards the SDGs. This is the championship we need, the mentality that says I don’t like poverty,” he said. Mr Parajuli reiterated United Nations’ commitment to implement the SDGs and said no one should be left behind.

Speaking at the same occasion, Mr Ma-honde said their cycling is a testimony of what the government and the UNDP are saying around SDGs, that SDG implementation requires the involvement of every-one, men women and children. He commended Afrika Speaks for taking up the SDGs, considering that it is a community-based youth organisation situated in Marondera, about 100 kilo-metres east of the capital Harare.

Mr Mahonde explained that although Zimbabwe’s country position is to implement all the 17 SDGs, the country is focusing on goals 8,7,2,9,6,13, 17,3,4 and 5. Fulfilment of the 10 SDGs mentioned above will result in the realisation of all the 17 SDGs, he said.

This event is the brainchild of Afrika Speaks, a project that markets and promotes Africa and its people. Afrika Speaks intends to cycle in other countries in Africa, raising awareness about the SDGs. These countries are Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Swazi-land, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

To support the campaign please contact Munya on [email protected]

(Abstracted from UNIC HARARE News August 2016)

#NAYDSDGs team lead Uganda, Caroline Owashaba, is awarded the Women’s World Summit Foundation annual Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life 2016

Caroline Owashaba - Uganda

An Entrepreneur for Adding Value and Self Reliance

Caroline Owashaba (30) has begun many initiatives in her community, such as creating the International Day of the Girl Child recognition awards, and founding Action for Youth Development Uganda, a youth led organization that promotes gender equality, social justice, sexual reproductive health and rights of the rural people.
She started the Self Reliance Project and Children for Alternative Change (CHACHA), which engages children and mothers in social economic activities that enables them to increase their household income. One activity that is a part of the latter initiative uses discarded banana stems and fiber, to create products including lampshades, doormats, tablemats, key holders, table coasters, and earrings. While there are challenges in this sector due to the high cost of banana extractor and weaver machines, Caroline’s creative innovation has been beneficial in showing rural women how to add value to available resources around them. Another challenge was that because the technology is new for rural communities, awareness has to be created about the benefits of using banana-extracted residues. Due to Caroline the community has become highly informed about such banana products. The profits from selling these items were given to mothers to create bank accounts where the saved money would go to their children to attend school. By taking their children to school, Caroline has encouraged women to become more independent and feel more empowered. By looking at alternative and creative ways to make money, she has inspired and encouraged thousands of women to make a difference in their lives, and believes that such innovation can only take place if one overcomes the fear of beginning something new as she did. She was part of ACTION/2015, which build the momentum of adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is the current team leader for community-based organizations that are working towards popularizing SDGs in rural communities on behalf of the Network for African Youth for Development (NAYD) in Uganda.
(Taken from http://womensection.woman.ch/index.php/en/laureates/laureates-2016/535-caroline-owashaba-uganda)

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mungu Fm is globally the only radio spearheading SDGs domestication

Mungu Fm Radio in Mongu- Western, Zambia is globally the only one spearheading the domestication as well as implementation of all the 17 UN SDGs from 2016 to 2030 and it is ready for adoption as a case study. Since around the world,Mungu Fm is the only Community based Radio station that has dedicated,Committed as well as focused all its programes, projects and activities towards the achievement of the 2030 agenda using a bottom up approach. Given the required attention and a perfect platform,we are very much prepared to show and share our vision with the world, how a small radio/ media initiative can change the world from poverty to peace and prosperity! Mungu Fm Radios local action to achieve the global vision on the goals can be tackled on its own.However, considering the project significance as well as its uniqueness and global nature. We feel and believe our initiative can carry more weight when we invite partners more International Volunteers/ development partners on board in line with global goal number seventeen. Ms. Annedore Smith was sponsored and sent to Mungu Fm Radio by “Senior Expert Service” a Germany organization based in the city of Bonn. She first joined us for a month in April last year and again 2016. After sharing our Radio station’s Vision to her, we together, although only for one month in the last two years, we developed the SDGs implementation strategy for all the 17 global goals which Mungu Fm Radio staff and Volunteers are using currently in even in her absence. However, Mungu Fm is still a growing Radio Station which urgently requires a lot more support in many areas, for example ongoing staff capacity building, fundraising for its daily operations, transport needs and state of the art equipment needs, networking opportunities as well as staff exchange for exposure and practical gaining experience. Therefore like Ms Smith, self sponsored international volunteers,researchers, development stakeholders among others are urgently invited to assist in capacity building,resource mobilization for the stations/project operations. Others invited are development Partners willing to work with us at Mungu Fm Radio in not only developing it, but make the world a better place through us in the next fifteen years from now. In August last year,when Thomson Reuters Foundation held its ” Sustainable Development in a Changing environment Course” in Lusaka Zambia. Mungu Fm Radio was the only electronic media house which attended the said course and it sent two of its staff to the training. In an interview with Mr. Steve Rowe at the end of the training course as one of the facilitators,he was impressed with the fact that in all the countries he conducted the training, the only electronic media which showed interest and passion on attending UN SDGs was Mungu Fm Radio, he wished the best future for Mungu Radio as it embarked on its journey to contribute to the 2016 to 2030 global agenda vision. Mukeya Liwena Esq. Director/Chief Executive Officer Mungu Fm Radio 88.5 The heartbeat & Voice of Southern Africa 5th Floor Rooms 524 to 528, Southern Side,Napsa Building P.0 Box 910024 Mongu Western Province -Zambia 00 260 0977212784

Monday, 12 September 2016

100% Renewable Energy Road To Marrakesh Climate action Caravan



The MENA & the Sub-Saharan African regions are highly sensitive to the consequences of climate change, and are known to be the most disaster prone regions in the world whilst supporting already critical increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like droughts and floods, with a huge population that is likely exposed and affected in these regions. In the MENA region and some African countries, people will be affected with water stress and scarcity by the year 2050 before changes in climatic conditions have been considered. 

The 100% Renewable Energy Road To Marrakesh Climate action Caravan aims to shine a light on existing climate action by youth;allowing them space to identify their successes and to inspire other youth - and policymakers - to become just as active.

Based on the premise that the various youth-led organizations, working on Climate issues, come together too rarely; we want to upset these habits, and create a wide youth movement to show the world that Youth are Part of the solution. After Paris, the world needs to keep working hard towards positive and concrete actions on climate; that’s why we are thinking in the lead to the COY12 and the COP22, to have this Road to Marrakesh Caravan.

On road to Marrakesh Caravan participants will experience and exchange the incredible energy of visionary change makers from across MENA, Africa and the world. It is a unique opportunity to travel and work alongside like-minded activists, artists and strategists, to collaborate on new pathways to positive change and create diverse long-term partnerships. The Caravan aims to empower and celebrate with communities in the towns we enter, grab media attention, reach those in positions of power, wealth or influence and raise awareness, as well as living strong, as positive change makers related to our shared purpose and vision. 

This caravan aims to create a youth momentum for change, to bring energy and synergy together before COY12, to materialize the global youth partnership towards action on climate. 

For more information and to take part please contact Moussa Elimane Sall, Legal & Policy Regional Team Leader of the MENA Youth Climate Movement on Tel: 0022247567073; 0022222391887; Skype Id: Mesall; Facebook, Moussa Elimane Sall.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

SDG action from our Country Teams in Ivory Coast and Niger

Bonsoir à toutes et à tous. l'ai équipe du Niger à été reçu Aujourd'hui par le conseillier special du Président de la République en matière de jeunesse. cette réunion a pour but de concrétiser un partenariat entre l'équipe du Niger et l'État du Niger.

M'bekouadiokro in the East of Ivory Coast - promoted the SDGs through theatre to help translate the SDGs into local language.


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Declaration pour la paix


"Personne n'est né de haïr une autre personne à cause de la couleur de sa peau, ou son arrière-plan, ou sa religion. Les gens doivent apprendre à haïr, et si elles peuvent apprendre à haïr, ils peuvent être appris à aimer, car l'amour vient plus naturellement au cœur humain que son contraire." - Nelson Mandela
Les célèbres mots de Madiba frappent une corde sensible avec nous tous, parce qu'à la fin, nous voulons tous la paix - la paix avec nous-mêmes, la paix avec notre famille, la paix avec nos amis, la paix dans nos communautés, la paix entre les communautés, la paix dans notre pays, la paix entre les pays, la paix dans notre continent, la paix entre les continents, car il est seulement par la paix que nous pouvons durablement construire notre vie en tant qu'individu, ami, membre de la communauté, citoyen du pays et être humain sur cette planète.
Le Réseau des Jeunes Africains pour le Développement (NAYD) est un organisme communautaire qui aime la paix et dirigé par des jeunes qui croit que vivre ensemble forme un bloc de construction de la vie, que la tenue de mains pour se soutenir mutuellement dans nos efforts pour bâtir des collectivités durables est le moyen d'atteindre notre vision.
NAYD rejette les actions de ceux qui encouragent les conflits par le tribalisme, la religion, la couleur, le sexe, la race ou tout autre moyen comme un moyen d'atteindre leurs propres besoins égoïstes. Les actions de ceux au Soudan du Sud, Nigeria, République Centrafricaine, et nulle part ailleurs dans le continent où cela se produit devrait être jugé par l'Union Africaine (UA) comme une violation de son objectif ultime d'amener le continent comme une seule famille heureuse, riche en diversité et de la culture, béni avec talent en abondance et unie dans sa volonté de faire la vie de chacun paisible et aimé.
Ainsi, tous les efforts doivent être faits de toute urgence et avec une grande détermination à traiter les causes profondes des conflits dans ces pays. Les pays doivent être tenus responsables par la communauté internationale de l'UA et surtout les citoyens qui doivent se lever au-delà des forces qui menacent la cohésion et la coexistence pacifique.

Paul Shaw, au nom du #NAYDSDGs

Monday, 1 August 2016

Statement of Peace

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  Nelson Mandela

The famous words by Madiba strike a chord with all of us, because in the end we all want peace – peace with ourselves, peace with our family, peace with our friends, peace in our communities, peace between communities, peace in our country, peace between countries, peace in our continent, peace between continents, because it is only through peace that we can sustainably build our lives as an individual, friend, community member, country citizen and human being on this planet.

The Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) is a peace loving youth-led community organisation that believes togetherness is the building block of life, that holding hands to support each other in our efforts to build sustainable communities is the way to achieve our vision of making Africa a safer and more developed place for all.

NAYD rejects the actions of those who encourage conflict through tribalism, religion, colour, gender, race or any other means as a way to achieve their own selfish needs.  The actions of those in South Sudan, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Burundi and anywhere else in the Continent where this happens should be judged by the Africa Union as a breach of its ultimate aim to bring the continent together as one happy family, rich in diversity and culture, blessed with talent in abundance and united in its desire to make everyone’s life peaceful and loved.


As such, all efforts should be made urgently and with great determination to address the root causes of conflict in these countries. Countries must be held accountable by the AU, international community and most importantly citizens who must rise beyond the forces that threaten cohesion and peaceful coexistence. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Egypt, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda - High Level Political Forum SDG progress report July 2016.

Egypt
Egypt initially launched a National Strategy in March 2015 for sustainable development during the Economic Development Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh following a two years of a preparatory process. The final strategy, Egypt’s Vision 2030, was officially launched in February 2016. During the SDGs adoption in UNGA, Egypt’s statement stressed on the linkage between the SDGs and people’s uprisings in Egypt, noting that the right to development and providing a better standard of living was amongst the top priorities of the Egyptian people. The final Vision 2030 document covered economic, social, environment, energy and transparency dimensions, but lacked strategy by civil society groups in Egypt. They note that a worrying feature of the framework for Egypt’s national sustainable developmental strategy is the lack of a detailed roadmap to achieve several key goals, especially reducing poverty and unemployment and tackling the informal sector, for which it also lacks indicators. For the implementation of the SDGs, it is noted that efforts are underway to align the Strategy’s key performance indicators to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. It is also noted that the Egyptian Government formally expressed to the UN systems in Egypt, including the UNDP, the need for coordination and technical support to advance the 2030 Agenda. This push for coordination includes stakeholder engagement, M&E, reporting, localizing the SDGs and data. Under the partnership established between the UNDP Egypt and the Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC) a series of consultation workshops will be organized in June 2016 for officials, experts and other relevant stakeholders (to be selected by MOIC Secretariat). Members of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) are actively engaged in monitoring the implementation of Agenda 2030 and are undertaking national assessment reports particularly for Goal 1, 8 and 10. These reports look at the prioritization and localization of the SDGs, awareness raising activities on Agenda 2030 and the role of CSOs. The report highlights challenges and puts forward a set of recommendations. Many of these groups are registered to attend the HLPF, moreover, the groups contributed to the Social Watch 2016 reports that aimed at bringing Spotlight reports for selected countries from the region that identify challenges and recommendations for the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Morocco
 In 2015 the High Commission for Planning published the National Report that assessed the situation in Morocco from MDGs to SDGs. The report focused on achievements and challenges for sustainable development in Morocco and noted that “a communication plan will be implemented to raise the awareness of decision-makers, NGOs and the public at large as to the results of the MDGs, and the new commitments to be taken up by our country for the post-2015 period”. The UNDAF in Morocco process is considered as opportunity to promote, discuss and mainstream the SDGs in line with the national priorities. This initiative engages more than 100 partners from the Government, parliament, private sector and NGOs. Under the SD2015 project funded by the European Commission, Morocco was among the countries where UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) organized multi-stakeholder consultations. These capacity building events aimed to foster multi-stakeholder cooperation for accountability and transparency, and support national efforts to strategize future engagement with the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. A national consultation was held on civil society & other national stakeholder’s engagement in the development and implementation of the SDGs Roadmap on 5 May 2016. Morocco is also among the 8 pilot countries where UNDP, is mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda through its mainstreaming, acceleration, and policy support (MAPS) approach. UNSDSN, WBCSD and ICLEI engagement in the country is most apparent at the environmental level, in particular given that Morocco will host the COP22 in November 2016. Recently, during the Climate Action Summit in May 2016 a MoU was signed among the Moroccan Minister in Charge of Environment and these three stakeholders to prepare the organization of a conference to convene key players for deliver- 8 ing coordinated solutions to emissions reduction. The conference, bringing these stakeholders aims at enhancing global exchange and partnerships for technology solutions between all levels of governments, businesses, academia, and civil society organizations.

Sierra Leone
The implementation of the SDGs in Sierra Leone is being led by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The ministry has begun engaging with non-state actors and plans to popularize the SDGs at district level in the local language of Creole, however engagement outside of the ministry has been very minimal. As of now there is a lack of information sharing, and civil society is unaware of the government’s official plans and strategies surrounding the SDG process. The state of civil society is currently weak in Sierra Leone, since the country is recovering from major obstacles such as the Ebola crisis. CSO coordination is not strong at a national level, which makes it difficult to advocate for inclusion in the drafting process of the SDG plans and implementation strategies. CSOs have begun strategizing on the creation of a national platform on the SDGs, to advocate for inclusion in the planning process led by the Ministry as it moves forward.

Togo
The implementation of the SDGs in Togo is being led by the Ministry of Planning and Development. The mapping process has begun with a seminar of the prioritization of SDGs and targets. Government representatives, local governments, and the private sector were invited, yet only a few CSOs were included. Although Togo has volunteered to be evaluated and to submit national reports at the HLPF, it does not seem that SDG implementation is a priority within the government due to other national issues. This is apparent when reading the first draft of the report as it is more focused on broad policy direction rather than practical implementation. Some of the major challenges of Agenda 2030 in Togo are financial support and capacity building on the concept of SDGs as most of civil society has yet to have a strong comprehension of the agenda. CSO consultations have been limited and have been quite exclusive thus far by the government and national planning committee. In efforts to create an open consultative process, a few CSOs are creating a national coalition to advocate for inclusion.

Uganda
Uganda Civil society in Uganda is well organized under national platforms and has been very involved with the Ugandan government as well as with multiple stakeholder groups to facilitate an open SDG process. Uganda National NGO Forum hosts the National Core CSO Reference Group on SDGs. The group meets often both physically and online to update on the progress so far on their engagements on the implementation of the SDGs. Most CSOs in Uganda are already engaging with the various Government Institutions on the implementation of the SDGs such as the Ministry of Water, and the Ministry of Gender among others on clean water and women’s empowerment respectively. Furthermore, there has been close collaboration with the government. The Uganda National NGO Forum is part of the multi sector technical committee for the National Review report and as well as part of the 9 drafting team of the same report. This space is an opportunity for CSOs in Uganda to make contributions and also participate in the implementation of the SDGs. The institution also sits on the Communication and Advocacy Task group chaired by the Office of the Prime Minister which has opened CSO space in the implementation of the SDGs. The core reference group is also preparing a CSO report on Uganda’s readiness on the implementation of the SDGs ahead of the HLPF in July, this will be shared with the relevant authorities before July. The National Core CSO Reference Group is planning to run a massive awareness campaign, to encourage domestication and ownership of the SDGs; development of a Citizen Score Card as a means of monitoring the extent of implementation of the SDGs; and engaging the relevant authorities on how best to implement the 2030 Agenda The various CSOs involved in the will engage Government Institutions and Departments on the Goals through capacity building at both planning and implementation level, monitoring the implementation of the second National Development Plan, translating the Goals into local languages to ensure they are understandable to all citizens. These CSOs will also carry out several evaluation meetings with the implementers to assess progress of implementation of the SDGs and also devise the best way forward.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Prevention of Electoral Conflicts in Niger

The main  objective was to hold eight (8) training workshops on the prevention of electoral conflicts and the spread of the CNDP consensus to the youth ; the women; the youth organizations of political parties and civil society in Niamey; Tillabéry; Dosso; Zinder; Maradi; Tahoua; Agadez and Diffa.

1. Niamey: From27 to 29 February 2016 a workshop was held on the theme prevention of electoral conflicts organized in the meeting room of RODADDH.
 

Figure 1 Participants during Training of Niamey

This workshop brought together thirty-seven (37) participants among others twenty one (21) boys and sixteen (16) girls from political parties; the youth and the women'sorganizations.

2. Tillabery:From the 5 to 7 March 2016, a training workshop for young people from political parties, associations and other groups of young people was held in Tillabery.  


Figure 2 Participants during Training of Tillabéry
He then urged the forty (40) participants among them eight (8) girls and thirty-two (32) boys to be present during the three (3) days of the workshop.

3. Dosso From 12 to 14 Marchat the House of Youth and Culture (MJC) Garba Loga  a workshop brought together forty (40) young people including twelve (12) girls and twenty-eight (28) boys.
 

Figure 3 Participants during Trainig of Dosso



4. Zinder:This workshop was held from 17 to 19 March 2016. It began at 9:05am in the presence of the participants and the representatives of the youth organizations of Zinder.This workshop brought together thirty-six (36) participants including 6 girls and 30 boys.
 

Figure 4 Participants during Training of Zinder

5. Maradi : Maradi hosted from 26 to 28 March 2016, the workshop on the prevention of electoral conflicts and the vulgarization of the CNDP consensus in the meeting room of the Union of transporters of goods. The workshop started at 10:00 and as that of all the other regions brought together young people (37 among them, eleven (11) girls and 26 boys), composed of therepresentatives of the political parties, students and the representatives of the civil society organizations.
 

Figure 5 Participants during Training of Maradi

6. Tahoua: From 28 to 30March 2016 began at Tahoua the activities of the workshop on the vulgarization of the CNDP consensus and the training of young people and women on the prevention of electoral conflicts in Niger.


Figure 6 Participants during Training of Tahoua

7. Diffa : From 1 to 3 April  2016, was held in Diffa in the City Hall meeting room a training workshop organized by MOJEDEC on the funding of the USAID / REWARD. It was attended by 36 young people (27 boys and 9 girls). It was noticed the presence of the structures of the surrounding villages among the participating structures despite the security situation.
 

Figure 7 Participants during Training of Diffa

8. Agadez: From 2 to 4 April 2016 was held a training workshop on the vulgarization of the CNDP consensus and the prevention of post-electoral conflict atthe hall of the socio-cultural center Issiguid Akano of Agadez. This activity was attended by 36 participants (10 girls and 26 boys), representingthe political parties and the civil society.


Figure 8 Participants during Training of Agadez

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Report on SDGs Accountability Advocates Workshop - Youth as Torch Bearers of Agenda 2030.

The Accountability Advocates project is part of African Monitor’s Voice Africa’s Future Campaign which aims to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and networks needed to analyze official data and generate their own to track progress towards national and international development commitments. With this support, African Monitor believes that young people will become leaders in seeking accountability.

In partnership with Restless Development’s Big Idea Programme, the Accountability Advocates were able to develop national accountability framework to support them in collecting and generating data to seek social accountability on an issue that they and their peers identify as a key priority in their local context.





The process led to the formulation of the accountability framework and network in December 2015 with a partner-induction and dialogue on the role of youth in implementing and monitoring of the SDGs. To-date, a network of organizations agreed to work together as the Uganda SDGs Accountability Network. This consortium includes: ,Response to African Youth Dynamics, Uganda Parliamentary Youth Forum,Uganda NGO Forum, AFFCAD, UYONET, UNYPA, NTHIC, , ACOYDE and Generation for Sustainable Development (GSD), Restless Development Uganda, Plan International Uganda, and of course African Monitor.




On 23rd June 2016,African Monitor Liason Officer Francis Maberi and Voice Africa’s Future Champions Uganda organised a high-level event at UNICEF Auditorium in Kampala to showcase the role that youth can play in the monitoring and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was characterized by panel discussions surrounding the theme, the progress that Uganda has made toward achieving goal 3, 8 and 16, which were prioritized by the group and to chart a way forward on how the country can harness the potential of stakeholders, in particular, the youth to achieve agenda 2030.



As part of the event, the Voice Africa’s Future Champion presented Key Asks findings of the pilot study to assess the progress of Uganda towards achieving SDGs 3 and 8 on specific youth targets. These key asks presented were grounded in data gathered during a rigorous multi-faceted consultation process with key stakeholders and relevant government offices, and a systematic review of strategies and programmes. All data collection was based on several complementary indicators that were developed based on the priorities of youths in Uganda as indicated in the Uganda national youth manifesto.



The event was able to achieve the following: It showcased the role that youth can play in the SDGs monitoring and implementation,it made a case for improved strategies for the implementation of SDGs in Uganda, it created synergy among stakeholders around the implementation and monitoring of SDGs and it disseminated youth findings on the progress made towards the implementation of selected goals.



The event was a half day and it provided a platform for all members to disseminate their findings, for government to present its country review report, and other stakeholders were able and encouraged to make their input as well. There was also an exhibition by other partners on what they are doing about SDGs and how they are engaging young people can also be explored. We used the following methodologies: Power Point presentations,V-short Video/Audio clips,Round table discussions and Panel Discussions

The guest speakers included representatives from Office of the Prime Minister,Ministry of Finance,National Planning Authority,Uganda Bureau Of Statistics,Ministry of Gender labor and social Development,UNDP and UNICEF.

Thanks to African Monitor and Voice Africa’s Future Campaign for opening and creating critical spaces for young people in Uganda to make sure that youth are empowered to hold their governments accountable and SDGs are specific,measurable and visible with in 15 years and beyond for youth.

Originally posted on facebook.

Monday, 27 June 2016

ROTEIRO para a implementação efectiva da Agenda 2030 nas COMUNIDADES RURAIS AFRICANAS

"Esta é a agenda do povo, um plano de acção para acabar com a pobreza em todas as suas dimensões, de forma irreversível, em todos os lugares, não deixando ninguém para trás." – Ban Ki-Moon
A adopção da Agenda 2030 em Setembro de 2015 pela Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU), representou um compromisso firme por parte dos líderes mundiais e dos Estados membros da ONU para abordar as questões mais desafiantes que o mundo enfrenta – a desigualdade da pobreza e a alteração climática.
A Agenda 2030 espera influenciar o curso da história da humanidade nos próximos quinze anos. É uma agenda focada nas pessoas e elaborada com base no lema 'ninguém fica para trás" – os Objectivos não serão alcançados até que todas as pessoas tenham igualdade de oportunidades, incluindo os mais marginalizados na sociedade, nomeadamente os jovens, as mulheres e as crianças.
A implementação dos Objectivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS), exigirá a participação das pessoas de todos os sectores da sociedade – Estado, sociedade civil, educação e sector privado. As Organizações da Sociedade Civil (OSC) têm um papel fundamental a desempenhar na implementação da agenda. Entre outras coisas, as OSC podem trabalhar com o Estado para integrar os ODS nos planos nacionais de desenvolvimento, formulação de políticas, alocação de recursos, bem como no monitoramento e acompanhamento.
Na primeira fase da implementação da Agenda 2030, para se certificar que a Agenda tem raiz ao nível local, colocámos aos governos de cada país africano e aos seus líderes, as seguintes questões:
·         Comprometem-se a desenvolver uma estratégia clara para a implementação dos ODS?
·         O processo será inclusivo e participativo?
·         A revisão futura dos investimentos garantirá uma implementação coerente dos ODS nos vários departamentos?
·         Será nomeado um Ministro do Governo responsável no dia-a-dia pelos ODS?
·         Permitirão e apoiarão que o progresso na implementação dos ODS seja revisto independente pela meios académicos, empresas e sociedade civil?
"Estamos decididos a libertar a raça humana dentro duma geração da tirania da pobreza e da penúria." – declaração dos SDGs pelos líderes mundiais.
A inclusão social é um princípio fundamental do desenvolvimento sustentável, ainda assim as comunidades rurais ficaram para trás em termos de desenvolvimento por motivo de uma combinação complexa de factores sociais, políticos, tecnológicos, económicos e ambientais –  o que tornará muito difícil implementar os ODS nestas comunidades. Apenas alguns meses depois do início do período da implementação dos ODS ainda existem dúvidas sobre como localizar essas metas a nível destas comunidades – Como podemos medir o progresso nestas comunidades e como convergir prioridades nacionais específicas de desenvolvimento nacional e respectivos programas e a Agenda 2063 da UA e a Agenda 2030? Este roteiro acredita que se as comunidades estiverem cientes da Agenda 2030, a par dos planos de desenvolvimento nacionais, elas estarão melhor posicionadas para conduzir por si mesmo a implementação eficaz dos ODS nas respectivas comunidade. Esta questão primária de empoderamento necessita ser tratada antes de qualquer outra coisa. Como se empoderam as comunidades rurais para impulsionar a Agenda 2030?
A Rede de Jovens Africanos para o Desenvolvimento (NAYD) tem membros activos no desenvolvimento da comunidade rural em toda a África, sendo muitos deles líderes de Organizações de Base Comunitária (OBC). Ainda que a abrangência do desenvolvimento impulsionado por OBC individuais esteja restrito a um pequeno número de comunidades em cada país, a rede NAYD estende-se a muitos locais em todo o continente. Este roteiro acredita que encorajando as OBC a trabalhar em conjunto e a partilhar as suas redes entre si, aumentará substancialmente o impacto no desenvolvimento da comunidade rural. Com isto em mente, este roteiro desenvolveu a seguinte Missão:
"A nossa missão consiste em empoderar as comunidades rurais africanas para conduzir o implementação dos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável das Nações Unidas através da iniciativa colaborativa liderada por jovens que informa a aplicação eficaz, o acompanhamento e o seguimento, bem como de campanhas de sensibilização."

A missão será alcançada através dos seguintes objectivos:
·         Construir um movimento social através da formação de uma rede equilibrada quanto ao género, comprometida, e constituída por equipas focadas em cada país.
·         Apoiar a cooperação e as parcerias na implementação dos ODS nas comunidades rurais.
·         Identificar prioridades baseadas nos ODS da comunidade/país de acordo com critérios e indicadores acordados.
·         Criar uma plataforma para o programa de parceria para as iniciativas lideradas por jovens relacionadas com os ODS.
·         Promover e assegurar a capacitação através de um programa de mentoria para as organizações e iniciativas lideradas por jovens relacionadas com os ODS.
·         Mobilizar recursos para a implementação das actividades nos países.
As acções necessárias para atingir estes objectivos incluem:
Popularização e localização dos ODS
·         Compreender o nível de entendimento que as comunidades rurais têm dos ODS.
·         Desenvolver iniciativas de sensibilização que abranjam toda a comunidade.
·         Traduzir os ODS para as línguas locais.
·         Mapear os ODS com experiências e actividades que as comunidades locais se possam relacionar.
·         Identificar em conjunto com as comunidades rurais que questão dos ODS é prioritária para elas.
·         Recorrer à rádio para alcançar o maior número possível de pessoas residentes em comunidades rurais.

Cooperação e Parcerias
·         Colaborar com as partes interessadas a nível local, regional e global.
·         Garantir uma política aberta, em que é valorizada a participação de todas as pessoas da comunidade.
·         Incentivar a participação activa das mulheres nas comunidades rurais.

TIC para as comunidades rurais
• Ter um escritório central dedicado para cada comunidade, com painéis solares e internet/conexões móveis, para conectar todas as comunidades, umas com as outras, e entre estas e mundo em geral (Talvez montar o escritório numa OBC já a trabalhar com as comunidades rurais).
• Treinar as comunidades rurais em tecnologias que podem usar para resolver questões de desenvolvimento local.
• Incentivar e fomentar inovação desenvolvida pela comunidade.

Capacitação
• Desconstrução dos OSD numa linguagem que seja compreendida pelas comunidades locais.
• Formar equipas na elaboração de propostas para pedidos de subvenção.
• Formar os facilitadores; equipar os jovens líderes das OBC com competências para que as possam transferir para as comunidades rurais.

Mobilização de recursos
• Formar parcerias com organizações nacionais e globais.
• Treinar equipas nacionais sobre captação de fundos.
• Procurar colaborar com os governos locais e nacionais em projectos locais.

Monitoramento e avaliação
• Usar aplicações móveis (apps) para monitorar as actividades das comunidades rurais.
• Desenvolver outros meios que as comunidades possam utilizar para auto-relatar (através de reuniões comunitárias) e responsabilizarem-se mutuamente.

Acreditamos que este roteiro será bem sucedido porque a implementação dos ODS será conduzida pelas próprias comunidades, numa abordagem “bottom-up” empoderada pelas equipas de OBC lideradas por jovens, apoiadas por organizações locais, nacionais, regionais, continentais e globais. Este é o momento para estas comunidades “subirem a escada da prosperidade”, o momento para para se libertarem dos círculos de pobreza e fome, o momento em que todos terão igualdade de oportunidade. Se trabalharmos de mãos dadas, este roteiro será bem sucedido.

"Tudo parece impossível até que seja feito." – Nelson Mandela