ACCOUNTABILITY AND MONITORING OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) TRAINING IN NAIROBI KENYA 12TH – 16TH JUNE 2017
Training attended by James Ojwang
On 12th was the reporting day of all the delegates from different countries which include Uganda, Tanzania and the host Kenya. On this day there was introduction of the courses to be covered which are:
SDGS goals, indicators and monitoring
UN and UN model
Tools for youth led accountability
Principles of accountability
Data driven strategies
Community field survey
Social media and other advocacy tools
Right based approach for SDGS
and registration and making of payments
The training was organized by AFRICA YOUTH FOR SDGS and ICYAFRICA. Participants were taken through the 17 sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). Goal 1 to Goal 5 were the most important goals affecting most of the African Countries as was highlighted by the participants drawn from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda which were emphasized are:
Goal 1 – No Poverty
Goal 2 – Zero Hunger
Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being
Goal 4 – Quality Education
Goal 5 – Gender Equality
Goal 6 – Clean water and Sanitation
Goal 7 – Affordable and clean Energy
Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 – Climate Action
Goal 14 – Life below Water
Goal 15 – Life on Land
Goal 16 – peace ,justice and strong institution
Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals
All these goals were drafted in 2015 in New York by head of states in the world after the Millennium Goals’ period ended 2015 after being in place since 2000. It is estimated that by 2030 the world shall have solved problems of poverty and hunger through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Participants showing placards of some of the most important SDGs affecting their home areas and places of work/Organization, on the extreme right is James holding Goal 4 Quality Education
Community field survey was also carried out as a topic and three groups visited different places within Nairobi. My group visited Woodley area Nairobi where we interviewed 9 people where 3 men, 3 women and 3 youth concerning their understanding of the SDGS and their related problems are ranking them. among the listed problems are
4. Natural resource conflicts
5. Quality Education
According to the results the most proiety goal is SDG4 which is quality Education and corruption was the most listed problem
The principles of accountability were also emphasized and these include:
In addition there are various types of power in accountability space:
Covert, hidden power
Conditional, internalized power
Overt, visible power
The above picture shows participants analyzing the data that were taken from the field during three hours survey of the most goals affecting the Africans. My team had the opportunity to visit Kibera Slums in Nairobi and among the issues that came out strongly to be of great challenge to people living in Kibera were as follows: Poverty and hunger, Corruption, poor leadership, Natural Resources Conflicts and Quality Education in that were the areas that affected most.
We used a complex of data analysis tool as so to equip the participants with the knowledge of more understanding of problem analysis thus when get back to our organizations we can use the knowledge identify the most urgent SDGs to tackle as an organization.
All the Participants were tasked to represent at least one country in the world using a UN model summit on a case on goal 2 on Zero hunger. I had the opportunity to present The Republic of India position paper on THE UNIVERSAL RIGHT TO FOOD. It was a challenge as I had to make a quick research on polices the Indian government had put place in combating hunger in India. These policies include the following: Targeted Public Distribution system (PDS) which ensures availability of essential commodities like Sugar, wheat, rice, cooking oil among other things. India also has a policy to feed those who are poor and living alone by giving a certain amount of food per month to such people among other initiatives.
On Friday 16th June, the training came to an end with the awarding of certificates to participants and well-wishing the safe jounary to all those international delegates.
All the participants were encouraged to go back to their organization and discuss about the SDGs, train and educate the community about the SDGs. They were also encouraged to carry a campaign on SDGs. I will sit with the board of Karopa and plan our when the members of the CBO shall be trained on the SDGs.
The great match in the slums of Kibera Nairobi on the Day of African Child DAC. We were accompanied by thousands of school children and volunteers from different organizations. A walk to celebrate the Day of African Child 2017 in Kibera Nairobi. The walk started at DC ground to Kibera grounds where the celebrations were held
A ssesion at the Multi Media University Nairobi on a presentation of SDGs dala analysis.
A happy moment with Kids during the Day of African Child/DAC.
Reported by James Ojwang