On July 1st, 2017 UONGOZI Institute formally began its new five-year strategy (2016/17 – 2020/2021). One of the new features of the strategy is the implementation of a new Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) that has been in preparation since March, 2016. The Programme is geared towards addressing the implementation challenges of sustainable development in Africa, with particular attention paid to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs). The Programme builds on the Institute’s previous efforts such as the Natural Resources Management Programme (NRM), the In Focus TV interview series, and the Green Growth Platform.
The overall aim and purpose of the SDP is a multi-year programme to develop leadership in Tanzania (and Africa more broadly) to appreciate and implement sustainable development and to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Programme also aims to strengthen the Institute as a national, regional, and international hub providing a multi-stakeholder forum for dialogue on sustainable development issues facing both the continent, and the world more generally. The SDP will be anchored by the African Sustainable Development Forum, of which H.E. Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania serves as Chair and Patron.
At the end of the strategic plan period, the Institute envisions leaders who understand and appreciate sustainable development in both conceptual and practical terms; who are able to translate this understanding into tangible benefits to Africa’s citizenry by addressing policy gaps to enable sustainable development; and most importantly for them to understand their role in and duty to advance and deliver sustainable solutions to African citizens. The programme will include the following components:
- Providing a platform for dialogue, bringing together different agents involved in the implementation of the SDGs so as to build the necessary social capital to enable implementation;
- Undertaking research on Sustainable Development related and NRM themes and issues;
- Ensuring that SD-related and NRM-related information is available, accessible, and reliable to African citizens as well as policy-makers and decision-makers;
- Facilitating capacity building on sustainable development to senior leaders in Government as well as to emerging leaders;
- Continuously monitoring progress towards the SDG targets.
In particular, the Programme will focus on Goal 17 of the SDGs (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development) by enabling and enhancing financing for sustainable development, overcoming systemic issues such as policy and institutional incoherence, promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships (including Private-Public Partnerships – PPPs), and building capacity to support national and regional sustainable development plans.
One new focus area for the Institute, under the SDP, is Climate Security – the incorporation of environmental and climate (change) concerns into local, national, international, and global security agendas, and the challenges of transforming security practices and provisions accordingly. This issue has only emerged recently in the international political arena (it first appeared before the United Nations Security Council in April, 2007).
The Sustainable Development Programme will be overseen by Dr. Gwamaka Kifukwe (Programme Coordinator – Sustainable Development) and Mrs. Namwaka Omari (Programme Coordinator – Natural Resources Management).
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