APDev Regional Multi-Stakeholder engagement in Central Africa – DRC on Post Busan implementation and Development Indicators
Background and Rationale
Endorsed by the by the 15th Assembly of the African Union (AU) in July 2010, the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) is an African owned and led initiative under the auspices of the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Agency. It promotes a robust and systematic engagement among all stakeholders on key development issues in Africa.
In so doing, it provides space for the African Union and its Member States, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Countries and other stakeholders, including Parliaments, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector, to promote mutual learning and knowledge exchange on best practices towards the ultimate objective of better development outcomes.
APDev, a virtual and physical Platform, has capacity development as a core diver for African development effectiveness through the exchange of good practice, with particular emphasis on South-South cooperation and financing for development, linking it with aid effectiveness.
African countries under the leadership of the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Agency through the Africa Platform participated actively in the 4th High Level Forum in Busan in September 2011, presenting, for the first time, a common African position to the HLF4 stating the continents priorities for development effectiveness.
The Busan Partnership Agreement constitutes a breach on how aid should play a catalytic role in the development through advancing investment more in the productive sectors of the economy. The commitment by all countries calls for mainstreaming key development issues, mainly, Capacity Development, Financing for Development and South-South cooperation.
Promote national and regional ownership of development effectiveness in the context provided by the APDev Platform and implementation of the Busan Partnership.
At the national level, it is necessary to involve all development actors (political leaders and operational base communities, parliamentarians, civil society and private sector), to organize awareness sessions and training, ensuring establishment of core APDev focal points, monitor and evaluate the sharing of good practices in countries towards implementation of the AU-NEPAD CDSF nationally.
Regionally, this engagement will assist countries of Central Africa; define their national action plans for the implementation of the commitments of Busan. The process of formulating national frameworks in each country for implementing effective development comes at a time when some governments and partners are reflecting for aid coordination and engaging in achievement of development results as well as engaging in various processes like the implementation of the "New Deal" for Good International Engagement in Fragile States.
In addition, some countries of Central Africa, as the Democratic Republic of Congo, are still in the process of launching the development of national policy support. This action is necessary to help these countries to frame future actions need to be taken in terms of formulation of policies, strategies, programs and projects to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs by 2015. It is in this context that the national dialogue on development effectiveness is initiated to define priority actions for effective cooperation for development in the countries of Central Africa.
It is in this perspective that AUC and the NEPAD Agency with the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo, in partnership with development partners is seeking to organise a national/ regional workshop to launch the APDev focal points in DRC, establish of a Community of Practice (CoP) in DRC and to promote ownership of the Platform APDev nationally, define the framework of implementation of the CDSF nationally and regionally have a multi stakeholder consultation on the Post-Busan implications on DRC and the Central African Region, develop African Development Effectiveness Indicators and finally map out the capacities required for development effectiveness in Africa.
- To mobilize and energize the Community of Practice nationally and regionally, to advance the African agenda of development effectiveness; ensuring sustainability with
- Raising awareness about the services offered, in terms of knowledge management tools using the APDev Mechanism
- Define a framework for implementation of national and regional implementation of the Capacity Development Strategic Framework
- Locate the site of the New Deal for Good International Engagement in Fragile States under the strategic framework and program documents within the country;
- Develop frameworks for National and Regional implementation of commitments Busan;
- Mobilizing an African voice on Post-MDGs, Busan, Rio Processes and mapping a way forward
- A Community of Practice consists nationally, bringing together the different stakeholders: policy makers, parliamentarians, development experts, civil society, academic and research institutions;
- A Working Group was established to refine a national and regional action plan (with activities, indicators, responsibilities, timing and budget) and a mechanism for monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the impact of the Busan Agreement;
- The participants are familiar and APDev platform including selection of national and regional focal APDev points utilizing it around the thematic priorities of the Country and Region;
- Busan Partnership for Development
- The Africa’s Consensus Position on Development Effectiveness
- The findings of the Working Group Interim Post Busan - Global Partnership for Development Cooperation and the global indicators for monitoring the implementation of the Busan Partnership Agreement
- Presentation of APDev and implementation of regional APDev CoP for Central Africa
- Presentations countries of Central Africa: Progress and Challenges countries of Central Africa in terms of development effectiveness
- Policy Panel composed of representatives of the Governments of the countries of Central Africa, traditional donor, emerging partner and civil society
- Definition of key elements to consider in developing an action plan Post-Busan
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