African officials welcomed a new toolkit with an aim to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally-agreed targets.
Twenty participants from nine small and vulnerable countries in Africa were part of the workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa on 14-16 May, alongside the representatives from African Union Commission (AUC), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Joint Secretariat Support Office, and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The workshop showcased a range of tools for prioritising, implementing and monitoring the SDGs and other agreements such as Agenda 2063. Participants recommended user-testing and further engagement at the highest levels of government.
Prajapati Trivedi, the Commonwealth’s Director of the Economic, Youth, and Sustainable Development, developed the Commonwealth SDG Implementation Toolkit. He emphasised the important relationship between performance management and implementation. “With regards to the effectiveness of implementation, 80% depends on the quality of performance management, while only 20% on the quality of the people working within the system,” he stated.