Interview with Vitalice Meja on the Future of development Cooperation in the post-2015 era
Bringing the future of the development cooperation to post 2015 era
1.What is the future of development cooperation particularly in Africa?
Development cooperation scope is shifting focus from the north-south approach to a more south-south approach.
This cooperation will only develop well if nurtured depending on the level of preparedness, creating an enabling environment and ensuring that a strong institutional and policy framework is in place that caters for all the major players involved.
2.Are you satisfied with the progress in strengthening effective development cooperation? What milestones do you feel the event achieved and what challenges are still looming in the development cooperation progress?
Progress in strengthening the effective development cooperation has been very little. As we are well aware African governments are signatories to the Busan framework that calls for domestic ownership, transparency and accountability and partnerships for development. Having this in mind then we see that there is a lack of operative and clear frameworks to domesticate ownership. The lack of accountability waters down the measurement of results. An inclusive framework is vital going forward. It is evident that CSOs are facing shrinking space and lack an enabling environment despite their significant role in the development agenda as they directly engage with the world’s citizens in poverty eradication. As CSOs were reiterate the increasing urgency and need for governments to view the CSO community as partners in development cooperation and hence assist the efforts of our work.
Regarding milestones, there have been great strides towards this agenda. We see that governments have instituted reforms around public finance management systems. Strong accountability institutions have been created and increased transparency in budgetary processes has been strengthened effective development cooperation.
Above all, setting the agenda for development has been an important step in ensuring eradication of poverty and stimulating industrial reforms.
Response to donors
3.Why is Monitoring and Accountability in development cooperation so important?
Monitoring and accountability helps to assess the impact of the development projects. With a proper framework we are able to measure, change tact through midterm reviews, get feedback from the public and ensure that the projects implemented are people centered. It is important that the monitoring and accountability framework is participatory to harness reviews that will assist in developing better poverty eradication strategies that are relevant and effective.
4.How can CSOs engage effectively in development cooperation? What is their role?
The civil society organizations are central to this agenda as 99 percent of their work is geared towards eradication of poverty. Therefore, they are central to this call and hence are a voice from the grass roots which is essential in ensuring that the development projects and frameworks put in place are actually relevant, well executed and effective to the development agenda. These groups engage in neglected matters that are vital to an inclusive approach to development cooperation.
Vitalice Meja is the Coordinator of the Reality of Aid Africa Network, a pan African initiative that focuses on lobby and advocacy for poverty eradication policies in the international aid system and development cooperation.