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Diana Warira

PACJA has convened a consultative forum from 5-6 March in Kampala, Uganda, with stakeholders from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, to assess progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the stakeholders are deliberating progress on SDGs 5, 8, 10, 13 and 17, that is: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; reduce inequality within and among countries; take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development respectively.

The stakeholders, who include officials from government ministries involved in the implementation of the SDGs at national level, are taking stock of how they have created partnerships and worked with government policymakers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community groups to strengthen implementation of the SDGs. Engagements with communities have been geared towards creating awareness among citizens to enable them keep governments accountable.   

The Current Gap
These three East African countries have experienced relatively slow progress in the implementation of the SDGs in focus since countries adopted them in 2015, and this is attributed to: citizens’ poor understanding of the SDGs and therefore unable to hold their leaders to account; civil society groups being often excluded from the monitoring processes, such as the Voluntary National Review (VNR), especially in Tanzania and Uganda; and government line ministries and departments often working in silos, therefore resulting in a lot of uncoordinated efforts.

Expected Gains
Besides deliberating on the milestones, stakeholders will also share each country’s experiences in implementation of the SDGs; identify areas of synergy in order to move the SDGs implementation processes forward at country, regional and global level; and facilitate the evaluation of the project’s milestones so far, in order to allow planning for the next phase. This initiative is supported by GIZ.

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