Second National Consultative Forum of Civil Society Organizations on Post 2015/SDGs and the Common African Position
“Enhancing Accountability, Ownership and Partnership for the Post 2015 Development Agenda”
As of May 15, 2014, only 230 days remain until the end of the 2015, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which have been set as a benchmark for global development since 2000. Whereas Kenya has made progress towards the MDGs, for example in combatting extreme poverty (MDG 1), HIV and AIDS (MDG 6) and in achieving universal primary education (MDG 2), most goals are unlikely to be met by 2015.
While Kenya and most countries in Africa struggle towards achieving the MDGs, the world has already embarked on discussions to shape the post 2015 development agenda. Two parallel processes are ongoing. One is the post-MDG process, spearheaded by the High Level Panel of Experts that released its report in May 2013, suggesting five transformative shifts and 12 illustrative goals for the post 2015 global development agenda. The second process is the post Rio+20 discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) spearheaded by the Open Working Group, which is co-chaired by Kenya and whose report is expected by September this year.
The current MDG framework has been criticized for being externally imposed. Therefore, efforts have been made globally to involve stakeholders in the post 2015 discussions. Kenyan civil society organizations (CSOs) have been actively engaged both at the global, regional and national levels. In June 2013, 100 delegates from a wide range of Kenyan CSOs, supported by the NGO platform “Beyond 2015,” held a National CSOs Consultation in Nairobi and agreed on a common position on the post 2015 development agenda that guided their engagement throughout the last year.
As the post 2015 debate is reaching its closure with the main goals and targets already set, discussions move around how to measure them. Acknowledging the challenges involved in measuring development and its importance for holding governments and the development partners accountable, Kenyan CSOs are holding the second National Consultation Forum on May 15 and 16, 2014 at the Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi. About 70 representatives from the Kenyan civil society, academia, private sector and government will take stock of the current processes and deliberate on “Enhancing Accountability, Ownership and Partnership for the Post 2015 Development Agenda”.