TICAD: The enduring relevance of a unique policy forum - an Op-Ed by RBA Director Abdoulaye Mar Dieye

13 Jun 2016 by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye

The two fundamental principles of TICAD – international partnership and African ownership – have been reaffirmed time and again.
Less than 90 days separate us from the Sixth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) which will be held in Nairobi on 27 and 28 August 2016. TICAD VI is expected to draw more than 6000 participants from governments, international organizations, civil society and private sector organizations. What precisely is TICAD? It was instituted in 1993 to advocate for and foster international partnerships for African development under the joint leadership of Japan, the United Nations and then Global Coalition for Africa. Current co-organizers are Japan, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank (since TICAD III), the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa and most recently the African Union Commission (since TICAD V). TICAD came into being in the midst of what has been dubbed as the “lost development decades”, the bleak 80s and 90s, a time when the continent was beset by the painful constraints of structural adjustments programmes, unable to catch a break, and when Japan was in throes of a two-decades-long  deflation rut. With the End of the Cold War, major donors with the notable exception of Japan, were questioning the relevance of development aid to Africa. What started out as just another high-level … Read more

Africa’s head start on implementing global goals - an Op-Ed by RBA Director Abdoulaye Mar Dieye

10 Jun 2016

There is a high degree of convergence between the SDGs and Agenda 2063, in part due to the Common African Position, which preceded formulation of these Global Goals.
The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on September 25, 2015, at the 70th United Nations General Assembly marked the beginning of the difficult task of translating the new global agenda into action. These ambitious and transformative goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – will set the parameters for the global development agenda for the next 15 years. Yet an implementation dilemma is unfolding as each region and country grapples with the challenges of rolling out a global development framework while tailoring it to respond to specific development contexts. The SDGs – with their 17 goals and 169 targets – demonstrate the scale and ambition of the new agenda. It is global, rather than focusing on developing countries. The intention is nothing less than to transform systemic and structural barriers to development at the heart of global economy. However, the relevance of each goal will vary from country to country (and region to region) depending on particular development priorities and challenges. This represents a massive coordination problem. Africa has an advantage. Through Agenda 2063 – a 50-year development action plan adopted by all members of the African Union – continent-wide priorities for development have already been defined. … Read more

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