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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Mise en œuvre des objectifs durables de développement (ODD) en Afrique rurale

Résumé de la Google Hangout Samedi le 14 mai 2016 sur le thème «Mise en œuvre des objectifs durables de développement  (ODD) en Afrique rurale», présenté par Paul Shaw, Judyannet, NAYD groupe de pilotage en discussion avec l'équipe de #NAYDSDGs du Niger et Nina le traducteur.

L'équipe Niger est composé d'un groupe très dynamique des personnes en charge chacun d'un ODD spécifique à savoir le changement climatique, les questions de genre, l'agriculture, l'eau et l'assainissement, la paix, la santé et cela est piloté par une équipe de coordination dirigée par Abouzeidi Sanoussi Abdoul Aziz.

La principale stratégie de développement du réseau d'intervenants Niger est de collaborer avec les organisations de base en milieu rural sur la base des questions sur lesquelles ils travaillent et comptent sur la mesure dans laquelle ces organisations de base ont un intérêt dans le réseau pour la mise en œuvre des ODD.

Abordant la question de la communication, l'équipe Niger utilisera les différents canaux en fonction de la cible. Pour les jeunes en milieu rural, l'équipe Niger se concentre sur l'utilisation de la radio communautaire, des rencontres de jeunes du village, avis du conseil communautaire, et ceux dans les zones urbaines, ils utiliseront d'autres approches telles que les médias sociaux comme Facebook, WhatsApp, et dépliants/brochures pour sensibiliser.

Considérant que la mise en œuvre des ODD à travers l'Afrique rurale est une nouvelle initiative, les jeunes du Niger ont développé un vif intérêt pour les ODD et participer maintenant massivement dans ce nouveau processus. Le Réseau Niger est composé de jeunes dynamiques d'horizons divers qui facilitent le processus à atteindre d'autres jeunes et des organisations dans les communautés rurales.

En ce qui concerne l'engagement de genre vers la mise en œuvre des ODD, la jeune femme dans le l’equippe du Niger a expliqué qu'il ya beaucoup de choses à prendre en compte pour l'équilibre dans la participation. Des efforts sont actuellement faits pour atteindre les jeunes femmes en général en fournissant assez d'éducation sur les ODD. Cela a accru l'intérêt et la participation des jeunes femmes dont certains ont été intégrés au sein de l'équipe du réseau Niger.

En discutant sur les besoins de l'équipe Niger pour la mise en œuvre des ODD au Niger, l'équipe a expliqué qu'ils auraient besoin d'un certain nombre de renforcement des capacités spécialisées pour veiller à ce que chaque membre peut contribuer valablement à la mise en œuvre des initiatives de développement. Ce renforcement des capacités mettra l'accent sur la connaissance de l'ODD, la mesure des impacts et des compétences de plaidoyer pour promouvoir les voix rurales qui se traduisent par des décisions et politiques saines dans la mise sur pied des actions appropriées et pertinentes.

Les différents défis rencontrés dans la mise en œuvre des ODD sont pondérés en premier lieu sur la connaissance et la reconnaissance des ODD, la difficulté de mobilisation communautaire, incapacités financières, faible niveau de partenariat local, les barrières de communication en particulier lorsque la communication considère l'anglais comme moyen d'échange.

 Basé sur la grande surface du Niger couvrant plus d'un million de kilomètres carrés, l'équipe Niger propose une approche de point focal qui est commun au Niger d'atteindre à la plupart des communautés rurales. Mais cela ne sera couronné de succès si les points focaux sont bien formés pour mener la mobilisation communautaire et l'animation des processus de développement.

Considérant que l'un des principaux objectifs de NAYDSDGs est d'établir des partenariats locaux, l'équipe Niger a proposé d'établir des partenariats avec le secteur privé ainsi que le gouvernement dans le domaine de l'élaboration des politiques, ainsi que le partenariat avec les communautés rurales vers la mise en œuvre des ODD.

Summary of the Google Hangout Tue 14th May 2016 on the topic ‘Implementation of the Sustainable Goals in Rural Africa’ , presented by Paul Shaw, Judyannet, NAYD steering group in discussion with the #NAYDSDGs team from Niger and Nina the translator.

The Niger team is composed of a very dynamic group of persons each in charge of a specific SDG namely, climate change, gender issues, agriculture, water and sanitation, peace, health and this is piloted by a Coordination team headed by Abouzeidi Sanoussi Abdoul Aziz.

The main strategy to develop the stakeholder network is to partner with grassroots organizations in rural area based on the issues they work on and count on the extent by which these grassroots organizations have interest in the network for success to be achieved.

Addressing the question of communication, the Niger team will use different channels based on the target. For young people in the rural milieu, the Niger team focuses on the use of community radio, village youth meetings, village notice boards, and those in the urban areas, they will use other approaches such as social media like facebook, whatsapp, and flyers to raise awareness.

Considering that the implementation of the SDG across Rural Africa is a new initiative, the youth of Niger have developed strong interest in the SDGs and now participating massively in this new process. The Niger Network is made up of young and dynamic young people from diverse backgrounds providing the ease to reach out to other young people and organizations in the rural communities.

Regarding gender engagement towards the implementation of SDGs, the young woman in the group emplaned that there is a lot to consider for balance in participation. Efforts are currently being done to reach out to women youth-led initiatives and to young women in general by providing enough education on the SDGs. This has increased interest and participation from young women some of whom have been integrated in the Niger network team.

Discussing on the needs of the Niger team to implement the SDG in Niger, the team explained that they would need a number of specialized capacity building to ensure that each member can contribute towards the implementation. Such capacity building will focus on knowledge of the SDGs, measurement of impacts and advocacy skills to promote rural voices that translate to sound policies and decision making towards appropriate and relevant actions.

The different challenges encountered in the implementation of the SDGs are weighted on firstly the knowledge and recognition of the SDGs, difficulty in community mobilization, financial incapacities, lack of partnership, communication barriers especially when communication considers English as the medium of exchange.

 Based on the large surface area of Niger covering more than one million square kilometres, the Niger team proposes a focal point approach which is common in Niger to reach out to most rural communities. But this will only be successful if the focal points are well trained with skills to carry out community mobilisation and animation of development processes.

 Political environment, corruption and poor rural mobile/internet coverage are all hindrances to development. Uganda had social media turned off for 2 weeks and development activists had their movement and activities monitored. 

Sensitization is key to getting rural youths engaged in development. People have to commit themselves. Poverty Hearing Sessions where community meetings or village Hall dialogue are held.  Leadership skills are key - can encourage mushroom cultivation, maize cultivation, bee keeping, aquaculture (SDG 8). Money doesn’t have to be a priority for many development activities though obviously essential for infrastructure projects (SDG 9).

Advantage of youth networks - voice is louder, is international, can help to push governments, better lobbying, and collective advocacy, can strengthen national teams by providing support. The idea of national and continental teams is good for youth. Can encourage other youth-led networks to be part of the team. Especially important to identify associations working in rural areas. The #NAYDSDG teams will need capacity building as well. Identified tailored capacity building modules  for country teams shall facilitate their involvement at all levels.    

Thursday, 12 May 2016

100 days of #NAYDSDGS


Its 100 days since #NAYDSDGs was formed! Hard to believe how much water has gone under the bridge following that eventful meeting in January, a day when African youth development activists first proposed the idea of collaboration amongst Community Build Organisations to accelerate SDG implementation in rural African communities. So what has happened since then?

Ø  We have developed this BLOG – anyone who wants to write about the SDGs is invited to do so, and
we encourage your views!  What issues do you face? What successes have you had?

Ø  Development issues have been highlighted by:-
A series of live google hangouts   
#naydchat on twitter
‘In Conversation with’ on our INSPIRE BLOG - example
Use of the hashtag #naydsdgs in any related facebook and twitter message

Ø  The initiative has been recognised by UN DESA. To maintain this we have to deliver reports and maintain commitment to any milestones. Any country team that in turn fulfils its commitments to us will also be granted UN DESA partnership status. We have nearly 40 country teams fulfilling this commitment to date! 

Ø  We have a facebook chat where all the conversations since Jan 2 have been recorded. We hope this will keep going until December 2030, or preferably much earlier when our mission to empower rural communities with the SDGs  has been successfully completed! The transcripts of all the chat and meetings, together with all the documents relating to this initiative including the roadmap can be viewed on google drive.
   
Ø  We have a secret group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NAYDInternational/ to which any team member is invited to join.

Ø  The contact list of all teams and support can be viewed on google docs.

Ø  We have three working groups progressing the initiative – partnerships, capacity building and team development.

Ø  We have group meetings normally the first Saturday of the month

What challenges do we face?

Many! Political freedom, war, wide ranging restrictions with internet and mobile access, development organisations are used to working independently and not in partnership, difficulty of getting mixed gender teams in some countries, widespread ignorance of the SDGs, translating existing community development activities into measurable Goals, no easy to understand monitoring or benchmark system to measure SDG progress in rural communities, many African governments have not made firm commitments to the Global Goals, different languages and dialects, keeping the teams together through financial limitations in the early stages whilst support is sought.  

Despite these issues we press on in the spirit of Ubuntu  - #NAYDSDGs will be successful as long as we keep holding hands and staying together.

Paul Shaw
#NAYDSDGs steering group leader