African stakeholders discussing accountability framework for Post-2015 Agenda

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Addis Ababa, 22 August 2014 (WIC) - African stakeholders, including academia, CSOs, government representatives, media, private sector and women and youth groups met here to deliberate and propose a concrete accountability framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.   

The forum is part of a substantial effort to ensure African ownership of the forthcoming global development agenda that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).   

The continent initiated consultations since 2011 to articulate its priorities for successor global development program framework, given that Africa had played a limited role in formulating the MDGs, this is believed to be the result of weak ownership and slow progress by most countries.   

The aim of the consultations is to build on existing accountability frameworks, so as to design and formulate an accountability framework suitable for the post 2015 development agenda.   

The event, led by the African Union High Level Committee (HLC) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda comes as a result of a request, made by the AU Heads of State Summit held in Malabo from 26-27 June 2014, to explore the emerging issues of accountability as well as data revolution and how these issues canbe aligned with the Common Asrican Position (CAP) framework.

Finance and Economic Development State Minister, Dr Abraham Tekeste told reporters that the consultation is aimed at discuss what should be the monitoring, review and accountability mechanisms in the post-2014 agenda.

The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU in 2010 in Kampala, Uganda, requested the AU Commission in collaboration with partners to start reflections on the post 2014 development agenda.  

Consequently a participatory approach led to the Common African position (CAP) on the post-2014 development agenda involving stakeholders at the national, regional and continental levels.(ENA)