Opportunities and Challenges for Achieving SDGs and Agenda 2063

p1130514On the 29th and 30th November, 2016 Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP) convened a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the theme Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on China’s Engagement with Zambia: Opportunities and Challenges for Achieving SDGs and Agenda 2063.

Over 120 participants drawn from the government, civil society, think than, private sector, international organisations and embassies based in Lusaka as well as the Media among others took part in the discussion.

The multi-stakeholder dialogue deliberated on issues of varying relevance to policy makers, academia, development partners, the general public, civil society organisations and the private sector. It seeks to increase public awareness on the issues, the essence and extent of partnerships with China and, lessons to learn and opportunities to seize. The dialogue critically examined the reasons why China engage in Zambia, analysing the development assistance and investments required for Zambia to achieve the SDGs and Agenda 2063, given the lessons learnt from the MDGs. It also identified the opportunities, challenges and also forwarded policy recommendations for Zambian government on development partnerships with China for the achievement of the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

In our November edition of the Newsletter, we shared the major highlights of the Dialogue. This edition of the newsletter included detailed presentations of the Dialogue as follow.

p1130512-1Session highlights

 Session one: unpacking divergence and convergence between SDGs and Agenda 2063

Moderated by H.E. Amb. Susan Sikaneta – Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU and ECA

 Presenter: Mr Francis Mpampi, Ministry of National Development Planning

 The Highlight of his presentation:

  1. MDGs lacked inclusiveness.
  2. Under MDGs, sectors were not coordinated.
  3. Planning and budgeting were largely at variance during MDGs era.

Going forward:

  1. The 7th National Development Plan (SNDP) will serve as a vehicle to deliver on SDGs and Agenda 2063.
  2. The SNDP moved from a sector approach to integrated approach.
  3. Implementing the SNDP will require cohesion in policy and mandate.
  4. A key measure to address the situation by the government of Zambia has been the formulation of a planning and budgeting policy and drafting of the national planning and budgeting Bill, which will be presented in the current sitting of Parliament.
  5. The focus of the SNDP is economic diversification.
  6. The plan also emphasis strengthening of statistical data and Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E) systems to support policy and decision making.
  7. ODA had been steadily reducing, hence the need for partnerships.
  8. A key characteristic that is new to the SNDP is bringing on board private sector in order to broaden participation of non-state actors in implementing the SNDP and achieving Vision 2030.
  9. The role of partners will be clearly articulated through dialogue.

 Presenter: Mr Lewis Mwape, Zambia Council for Social Development

 The Highlight of his presentation:

 

  1. There is a convergence between SDGs and Agenda 2063 in that 69% of indicators are similar.
  2. However, there is less convergence in the aspect of indicators pertaining to reducing inequality.
  3. A key divergence is that whereas SDGs emphasise ODA, Agenda 2063 focuses on domestic resource mobilization.
  4. There was a call for the government to be inclusive and not leave out any stakeholder, for example, through the enactment of laws that stifle activities of civil societies (NGOs). Get Full article here.
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