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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
Social
Economic
Political
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
Role
Organ
Function
Oversight and
Accountability

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

Cabinet
Approval of financing and implementation plans, strategic guidance
Strategic Monitoring

Leadership Retreat Umushyikirano/National Dialogue

Annual Monitoring and Accountability
Technical Advisor

DPCG
Technical Advice and support to implementation
National Technical
Coordination

MINECOFIN
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;

 Roadmap
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)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

#NAYDSDGS# RAPPORT D’ETAPE DE PAYS de Centrafrique 2017

Après la mise en place de la coordination d’équipe de la RCA, un plan d’action a été élaboré et validé par l’ensemble de l’équipe. Ce plan d’action a été mise en œuvre  à travers les efforts fournis par chaque organisation membre du réseau ainsi que tous les membres d’équipes.

   Dans le cadre du plan de travail annuel  de 2017 quelques  activités ont été menée à compter  du mois de Janvier au mois de Mars. Certaines de ces activités ont été réalisées conjointement avec des Organisations non Gouvernementale, des Associations Sœurs et certaines Organisations des Nations Unis.
Il s’agit des activités suivantes:

I /RENCONTRE DES ECHANGES
II/SENSIBILISATION DE MASSES

I /RENCONTRE DES ECHANGES

     Deux principaux activités ont étés organiser dans le cadre des rencontres d’échange entre autres :
  1. Echange avec les jeunes de la commune de BIMBO Préfecture de L’OMPELA M’POKO.
Cette activité s’inscrite dans le cadre de la présentation de 17 Objectifs de l’ODD. Organiser dans la maison des jeunes Préfectorale de ladite Préfecture. Sous la presence de Monsieur le préfet BANGOU Sylvain et le chef de quartiers GREGORIE Alban , le président de la Jeunesse prefectorale de l’OMPELA M’POKO Stephan LAWSON étaient  présents à cette activité.















        L’équipe de l’ODD a été Coordonnée  par Monsieur BELDO  Bertrand et deux autres Chargés de Programmes .L’Objectif principale de cette activité est de promouvoir l’ODD, Présenter les 17 ODD, Impliquer les autorités  locales dans la mise en œuvre des activités de l’ODD dans la préfecture et mobiliser plus de 200 jeunes leaders autour de cette activité.
       En outre, ce moment d’échange a été sans doute un succès pour l’équipe.
Entre autre l’implication des autorités locales, plus de 200 jeunes se sont mobiliser à connaitre les  17 ODD.



Le second volet d’échange c’est participation de l’équipe-RCA à l ’Organisation de la journée commémorative de Martyrs de  18  Janvier 2017  des series de  rencontres avec les jeunes leaders pour présenter les 17 Objectifs de l’ODD.
        L’objectif principal de cette activité de la journée commémorative des martyrs 18 Janvier 2017  était de Susciter l’engagement du Gouvernement centrafricain et des partenaires au développement à mobiliser les ressources nécessaires pour l’éducation des adolescents et de jeunes en RCA; Mobiliser et sensibiliser le peuple centrafricain en général et en particuliers les adolescents et jeunes sur l’importance de l’éducation pour un pays fragilisé par la crise comme le nôtre ; Attirer de plus l’attention des autorités politico administratives sur le rôle de premier rang que l’éducation peut  jouer dans le processus de la paix et de la reconstruction d’un pays après une crise mais aussi de sensibiliser toute la population  sur l’importance de l’éducation de leurs enfants; Mettre en évidence le rôle indispensable de l’éducation dans le processus de la paix et de la reconstruction nationale en RCA.
Cette activité a été réalisé en partenariat avec le conseil national de la jeunesse Centrafricaine afin que le  peuple centrafricain en général, les adolescents et jeunes en particulier soit mobilisés et sensibilisés sur l’importance de l’éducation pour un pays fragilisé par la crise ; L’engagement du Gouvernement centrafricain et des partenaires au développement à travailler de concert pour l’éducation des adolescents et jeunes en RCA est suscité ; Le rôle indispensable de l’éducation dans le processus de la paix et la reconstruction est mis en évidence.
Enfin, nous nous sommes pleinement impliqué dans cette activité de promouvoir l’éducation afin de reduire les taux des jeunes analphabetes Centrafricam



II/SENSIBILISATION DE MASSES

  1. Sensibilisations sur les O
Pendant la journée internationale de la femme le 8 Mars 2017 , l’équipe du réseau a capitalisé cette journée par une activité sur les ondes de la radio Ndekeluka et la radio Centrafrique à travers les différentes émissions initialement prévue pour les jeunes.

Cette activité s’adresse à la population en générale et en particulière la jeunesse afin de promouvoir l’ODD. Plus d’ 1 Millions de la population ont suivi cette activité de manière directe et par rediffusion.
L’objectif principal vise à ce que ces communautés parviennent à un certain niveau de connaissance et de compréhension sur l’ODD et de comprendre l’évolution de travaux  que l’équipe font afin d’atteindre l’objectif fixe d’ici jusqu’à 2030.
Cela a permis de générer une participation accrue des jeunes dans la mise en œuvre de nos activités, Mais également d’augmenter le nombre de la communauté à s’intéresser à nos activités.


Monday, 1 May 2017

UN DESA report May 1 2017

ACHIEVEMENT AT A GLANCE
#NAYDSDSGs was instigated through a facebook chat on Jan 2 2016 when a group of leading African youth development activists met to discuss the way forward to implement the SDGs in rural communities. 16 months have now passed and in general progress has been made but many obstacles need to be overcome. Social media continues to be used extensively to promote and support the initiative.
CHALLENGES FACED IN IMPLEMENTATION
There are many continuing challenges drought, military conflicts and political issues continue to restrict progress in many countries like Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan. CBOs are used to working independently and not collaboratively. It is difficult to get mixed gender teams in some countries. Translating existing community development activities into a measurable SDG is an issue. There is still no easy to understand monitoring or benchmark system to measure SDG progress in rural communities. Many African governments have still not made firm commitments to the Agenda 2030. Communication continues to be problematic in rural communities - power outages, little or poor internet, mobile phone limitations, different languages and dialects. We tried to organise a workshop in the summer and later with AU Chapter in November but financial constraints forced a postponement. Regarding the teams, lack of interest seems to be the dominant issue as most team members are often busy and work independently and do not want to work with the other team members. Most people do not understand what the role of these teams are and the fact that there is no fiscal capacity as all activities are voluntary limits how much the team can do....not able to do certain things due to other commitments which are financed and more attractive.
NEXT STEPS
The key issue is to organise a workshop to meet up and agree actions. The Cape Verde team is making a tremendous effort to host this workshop in October with the participation of all the national leaders of #NAYDSDGs. It is also collaborating with the World Forum of Local Economic Development, to be hosted by the Government of Cape Verde in October. It should be noted that the team has no Headquarters and no financial resources for its operation - members have been supporting its operations with their own resources to cover travel, communications and other initiatives which has limited the impact of. It has to be stated that it is disappointing to note that there has been no obvious global support for African rural communities, including yourselves and SDSN
MEASURABLE OUTCOMES
BENEFICIARIES
Rural Communities and relevant stakeholders
ACTIONS
There are on-going team activities in quite a few of the countries but these are all being carried out without any financial support. For instance the Niger team had a working meeting with the President of the National human rights commission. This object of the meeting was 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. The Niger team has been invited to participate in the strategic planning of the national commission of human rights (CNDH) workshop. Beside team activities there are many individual CBO activities not documented in this report. NAYD also continues to use its social media outreach to highlight SDG activities. One of these is a BLOG called \'In conversation with\' - an example of a recent topic is on \'Empowering young women, for leadership and civic participation\' More information can be found at http://sdgs.nayd.org/2017/02/empowering-young-women-for-leadership.html