Africa Platform Initiative involves engagement in three areas
- Civil Society Support for Society Mobilization and Government Engagement-Building Movements from within
The Africa Platform Initiative will support skills’ building and strategic capacity support to a core group of Civil Society in each of the target countries who will be able to mobilize society in a wide range of accountability areas while also working with governments in joint policy and national visioning processes. The skills will range from Mobilization, Grassroots engagement to negotiation, lobby and diplomacy as well as Policy Development.
- National (Civil) Society Support on Renewing State Legitimacy and Rebuilding the Social Contract-Building Collaboration across sectors
This will be a context specific support that will combine national level training and resource support to ensure the building of strong relations between the state and their citizens. It will include a combination of programs, from those that involve direct citizen access to government data to direct communication channels between Citizens and their Governments. Where needed the support will be offered through Civil Society Organizations with strong grass roots mobilization power.
3 Global Policy Influence and Government Support to External Engagement-Building Partnerships for joint national vision
The Africa Platform Initiative will work with selected governments to support their global engagement capacity and ensure that all contractual obligations are done in the primary interest of the citizens and are not skewed to either political or external interests.
Our engagement in 2014/2015
For over three years now the Africa Platform Initiative (formerly Africa CSO Platform on Principled Partnership) has been working on state-society relations in post conflict countries. This initiative has involved three levels of engagement. AP works through focal points in 23 countries across Africa to promote state-society relations through principled partnership and respectful dialogue among CSOs and with governments, with a primary focus on emerging democracies and Conflict Affected States. While our work has recently extended to include countries that are members of group of conflict affected states (wwwg7plus.org), our work remains primarily across Africa-Benin. Burundi. Cameroon. DR Congo. Egypt. Equatorial Gambia.Guinea. Ethiopia.Ghana. Kenya, Liberia. Malawi.Mali. Nigeria. Rwanda. Senegal.Sierra Leone. Somalia Republic.South Sudan. Togo.Uganda.Tanzania. Zambia .Zimbabwe.
The three areas of engagement in 2014 and 2015 are listed below:
- Strengthening Relations between Civil Society and Governments through informal and formal dialogue spaces, collective and joint policy development and negotiations with governments on policies and development agenda that are not in conformity with greater societal aspirations. The Africa Platform Initiative has supported this work in Liberia, Rwanda and South Sudan.
Active support to Civil Society on engagement with international and other external factors, including options for engaging with Development partners and Private Sector. In this regard The Africa Platform Initiative continues to be actively engaged in shaping private sector dialogues at the World Economic Forum while also working to build the accountability and strengthen responsibility of private sector in mainly post conflict and conflict affected countries.
Creation of and supporting engagement in Global Policy Spaces that have long term impact on the national development strategies. The Africa Platform Initiative has also been a leader in engagements under the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Agenda, with an active global program of engagement in Governance, Democracy and Promotion of Peace and the Social contract in post conflict states. At the regional level the Africa Platform Initiative continues to support the Africa Working Group on Sustainable Development (AWG), a coalition of Civil Society from across Africa, in strategic engagement with mainly Africa Governments and the Africa Union. The support has been at three levels-active engagement by the Africa Platform Initiative, financial support to the coalition to engage in different platforms at all levels, and deliberate strategic linkages with governments and global actors across the Region and with the United Nations.
Direct support to Governments to engage and negotiate with External actors while ensuring that International actors adhere to the Principle of Do No Harm in their work-either Economic or Social.
The Platform is also part of the global leadership of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and StateBuilding (IDPS), a global forum for donors under INCAF) and conflict affected countries (under g7+ group of states) to address root causes of conflict and ensure development is country-owned society-led and is rooted in a long term peace agenda. The IDPS also serves as a Platform where three core actors-society (through CSOs), Governments and Development Partners, dialogue to address root causes of conflict and develop programs that prevent relapse to conflict.
- Creating National Dialogue Platforms for State-Society Relations and Effective Governance in conflict affected states
The main goal is to support governments and Civil Society at the national level to build and sustain dialogue platforms on issues of governance and policy change through a combination of technical support to government as well as support to the broader society to have a strong and active voice. Support to society will not be offered directly. Instead we will work with CSOs that are not publicly identified with any side to the conflict.
- Technology Powering Dialogue to strengthen State-Society Relations
The aim of this initiative is to strengthen the voice of citizens in national policy and governance processes through use of mobile communications technology and a safe intermediary to ensure that allows government access and response to society needs on governance and policy processes. Building on successful government-citizen accountability systems this initiative seeks to strengthen government accountability by creating a regular mechanism using technology to allow citizens to regularly communicate with their leaders and receive feedback on issues of governance and policy development.
- Culture as vehicle for Governance and renewal of the Social contract
This project seeks to use the rich cultures and traditions centered around leadership and governance, to promote debate and build dialogue on the framework for a social contract that puts citizens and society at the core of development and democracy. It will seek to take consideration of cultural contexts, including religious dynamics, as an entry point to reduce resistance in this conflict-resolution initiatives and peace-building processes.
4 Post 2015 and Sustainable Development Goals
Our engagement here has been in mobilizing and catalyzing the voice of society through the following areas
- Active work with the Africa Union and Economic Commission for Africa on engagement around accountability, monitoring and linkages of the Post 2015 agenda with the Africa Vision 2063 and the Common Africa Position on Post 2015
- Engagement with member states in New York, especially those from Africa. This is mainly focused on supporting their negotiation and providing them information and analysis to help in the Intergovernmental Process.
- Finance for Development/ Means of Implementation for the Post 2015
Our engagement in this area is primarily around the role of the FFD process in advancing the Africa agenda and proposed Goal 17 and related alphabetical targets in the proposed SDG Goals. Our work has been around participation in Africa wide consultations, engagement with Civil Society and the UN, and presentation and participation at the drafting seasons in New York.
Support to Africa Working Group on Post 2015
The Africa CSO Working Group has made significant strides since inception. It was formed in 2012 during the HLP consultations on post 2015. It is a voluntary coalition of African CSOs that seek to ensure that the realities and aspirations of ordinary African citizens are prioritized in the post 2015 process. Our support is aimed at ensuring that we secure Pan African outcomes that connect with the realities and aspirations of African citizens.
For details about each area of engagement follow the links below