While the focus of our campaign is on developing countries in general, Sub-Saharan Africa remains our primary regional target.
This focus is affected by the development situation in the continent. As at present, one year into 2015, the target year for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All Objectives, Africa remains the leading continent with less likelihood of achieving these goals. This deficiency concerns all the pillars of development and this has made the discourse on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, to concentrate on consolidating on the achievements made in the strive towards the MDGs in Africa, while incorporating other pillars, as a results of many consultations that has gone on, including the Rio + 20 Summit, held in Brazil in 2013 and the work of the UN and other Advisory Groups presently labouring on the subject.
In the same vein, it is a clear case that poverty reduction, equitable social development, health services, environmental management, water supply, infrastructure development, etc rests mostly on the success and failure of governance and management in the public sector. Achieving these has always been on the agenda of nations worldwide and a lot of resources have been committed to improving response of Africas public institutions to perform better in that respect. We should therefore ask the question, why, despite so much focus on Africa, it has remained difficult for public institutions in the continent to score high and consistently in their primary assignments? One of the answers we get is absence of a full grasp on what results of actions should consistently be. Process takes priority on output and lack of transparency due to the complex nature of administration and public good deliveries could leave institutions and managers grappling with papers and lose sight of the implications of actions on the common man.
At the approach of 2015 and the high expectations of a new international Sustainable Development Policy, which has been envisaged as a combination of the results of all UN environmental and sustainable development policies, including the MDGs, 3psmars, will act as one of the catalyst in promoting progressive and accelerated move towards Africas future in the Post-2015 development agenda, and will be especially guarded by the Common African Position (CAP) document on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which laid down the necessary pillars for the future of sustainable development in Africa.
Doing this means recognizing the international dimension and origin of managing for results as an approach to achieving development effectiveness, evidence in donor funded and international partnered programmes and the special need that has existed in Africa and still persist to date. 3psmars activities will use the international dimension as an important source of knowledge for national actions to build effective institutions towards achieving sustainable development in Africa. We specifically take an example from Priority Africa as practiced in the Un system and our actions are informed by what has been laid down as essential in building capacity in Africa as follows:
- monitoring and evaluation
- accountability and partnerships
- planning and budgeting
- statistical capacity.