The 13th CAADP Partnership platform meeting took place from 31st May – 2nd June 2017 in Kampala Uganda under the Theme “Strengthening Mutual Accountability to Achieve CAADP/Malabo Goals and Targets."
The CAADP Partnership Platform (CAADP PP) is an open, African Union (AU) member States-led forum. It is organized to reflect on one hand an element of continued learning to ensure its adaptation to changing circumstances, needs and aspirations and thereby, remaining relevant in advancing the CAADP vision and objectives. On the other hand, the CAADP PP stimulates and facilitates a process of sharing and learning on substantive agricultural transformation issues including policies, institutions, technologies, partnerships and alliances, as well as skills and knowledge. The 13th CAADP PP maintained the focus of the preceding PP held in Accra Ghana in April 2016. The May-June 2017 Forum sought to consolidate implementation tools and approaches in line with realizing the added value of the Malabo Declaration on Agricultural Transformation, with sound emphasis on the mutual accountability mechanisms and platforms.
Objectives of the meeting
1) Create increased awareness on the outcomes of the Malabo Biennial review and reporting process as a drive for mutual accountability platforms, subsequently build a shared understanding of country, regional and continental needs and expectations to roll out motivated and sustainable accountability mechanisms to foster implementation of the Malabo Declaration.
2) Promote understanding of Malabo compliant National Investment Plans (NAIPs) and Regional Investments Plans (RAIPs) as foundation of adequate and more accurate planning for results for delivering on targets set in the Malabo Declaration, and promote coordinated approaches for financing agriculture in Africa.
3) Unveil necessary multi-stakeholders platforms while reaching consensus on approaches, tools, instruments, mechanisms and pathways for their institutionalization, operationalization and animation for productive as well as results-oriented mutual accountability and dialogue in fostering implementation for achieving goals set in the Malabo Declaration.
The meeting was organized under three sub- themes
Sub-theme#1: Strengthening evidence based planning through Malabo compliant NAIPs and RAIPs:
This sub-theme was dedicated to the transformation agenda captured in the Malabo declaration and the role of the NAIP to translate the continental aspirations into results and impact. Proposed specific sessions specifically highlighted key steps required for countries to take forward CAADP implementation within the context of their NAIPs and the need to embrace and align to the Malabo commitments. The role of evidence-based planning in the context of mutual accountability took center stage during the sessions, while approaches for financing the plans were also discussed.
Sub-theme#2: Fostering evidence-based reporting and accountability:
Specific sessions of this sub-theme were conceived to inform Partnership Platform participants on steps hitherto taken in designing the CAADP Biennial Review for effective mutual accountability. This was an integral part of the Malabo Declaration on fostering result-based implementation, evidence-based tracking, learning and building of new knowledge to inform further planning and policy reforms. Operational tools and three instruments, institutional mechanisms, continental and regional roadmaps were proposed and endorsed by members States and RECs to coordinate preparation of country, regional and continental performance.
Sub-theme#3: Strengthening multi-stakeholder platforms for review, dialogue and mutual accountability to enhance policy formulation and effective implementation:
Specific sessions of this sub-theme provided comprehensive coverage of all the key stakeholder groups who needed to be engaged for effective dialogue, implementation and mutual accountability while addressing ‘public sector' coordination issues at national level, as well as sector coordination issues at regional and continental levels. They also provided an insight into existing tools and mechanisms designed to promote enabling policy environments for responsible and inclusive private sector investment in agriculture along selected value chains. In line with the AU theme for 2017, issues on harnessing the demographic dividend through the role of youth in agribusiness development was also discussed. Lessons learnt, experiences, challenges and good practices with a view to informing a set of recommendations on how to strengthen multi-stakeholder dialogue and accountability platforms for effective NAIP implementation were also discussed.
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