New approaches to sustainable development planning
Announcement in Brief
The world has been severely impacted by an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This health crisis, which affected millions of people around the world, also had a negative impact on global economies, especially on the least developed countries. In the context of the implementation of global development programmes such as the 2030 Agenda, this situation must be urgently addressed to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This requires a proactive development planning process that takes a holistic approach and encompasses all sectors of the economy.
Post-COVID-19 thinking should focus on designing development policies to address a similar shock in the future and mitigate its effects on the economy. In addition, these measures should be aligned with existing continental development initiatives such as Agenda 2063. The eighth session of the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, held from 3 to 5 March 2022 in Kigali, focused on “Building forward better: A green, inclusive and resilient Africa poised to achieve the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.” One of the key messages arising from this Forum is the pooling of the efforts of Member States and partners in monitoring and evaluating progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Aspirations of Agenda 2063. In addition, it was recommended to Member States at the Forum to make efforts in aligning national development plans with these two agendas.
To implement these recommendations, capacity building is pivotal. It is against this background that a distance learning program on sustainable development planning is being organized to equip African development planners and policy makers with relevant planning skills.
The course aims to build the capacity of African government officials and development planners involved in the planning process and provide them with the necessary tools to design, implement, monitor and evaluate relevant and resilient development plans, aligned with development agendas both at the continental and global level.