Accountability, focus of Post MDG discussions

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Accountability was underlined as being extremely crucial at a meeting on the Post MDG Agenda at the UNECA on Thursday August 21st.

The round table meeting had present African stakeholders, which included academicians, government representatives’, the private sector and women and youth groups.
According to the stake holders that participated in the in the discussions, Africa’s role in the formulation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) has been very limited which has resulted in weak ownership and slow progress by many African countries.
The round table discussion is part of a substantial proactive effort to ensure African ownership of the forthcoming global development agenda that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 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”.
This includes the need for a data revolution – a central issue to monitor, evaluate and assess progress, which are, in turn, key aspects of accountability”, according to the Decision of African Union at the Malabo Summit.
According to Anthony Maruping, Commissioner of Economic Affairs at the ECA, statistics will be very important because timely statistics are crucial to be able to see the extents of achievements.
“Africa has indeed been a visible presence in the Post-2015 development agenda and as early as 2011 the continent initiated consultations to articulate its priorities for the successor global development framework” Dr Abdalla Hamdok, ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary, stated speaking on the Common African Position (CAP), which reflects Africa specific needs and goals that need to be included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 
“The consultations are intended to build on existing accountability frameworks, so to design and formulate an accountability framework suitable for the post 2015 development agenda”, reiterated Hamdok. Such a framework is expected to provide alignment from the global to continental to national levels,” he further said.