The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in collaboration with African Union Commission and the United Nations, has embarked on providing support to AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities to prepare country-level reports on the progress of implementation of Agenda 2063.
The progress report expected to be presented to the African Union Summit in February 2020 by the Champion of Agenda 2063, President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire is expected to be the yardstick upon which African Union member states will gauge on the progress of Africa’s blueprint for socio-economic and political transformation of the continent, Agenda 2063.
“This is in cognisance that the AU Member States have been implementing Agenda 2063 since its advent, ‘albeit with varying levels of results and experiences,’ hence the need for peer learning, knowledge exchange and support among the Member States in order to ensure that member states understand and are able to report effectively,” Talla Kebe, AUDA-NEPAD Acting Director of Knowledge Management and Programme Evaluation said.
Speaking on the Overview and the Roll-out of Agenda 2063, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, the Director Strategic Policy Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Resource Mobilization, Mesfin Tessema said Agenda 2063 is on track.
Tessema, however, noted that a few challenges which are not unsurmountable include; funding of the rollout process, lack of adequate capacity of monitoring and evaluation personnel to support the rollout process at member state and at the regional economic community level.
Another challenge he noted is implementing joint planning, roll out and reporting activities, “having regular consultative technical meetings of the Joint Task Team on Agenda 2063 – SDGs M&E Implementation Support will help to surmount these challenges.”
The meeting in Nairobi is providing an opportunity for peer learning, knowledge exchange and support among the Member States which is seen as important in accelerating the implementation of Agenda 2063.
The three-day, workshop organised by AUDA-NEPAD in collaboration with African Union Commission and the United Nations aims at providing support to AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities in preparing country-level reports on the progress of implementation of the Agenda.