On 15-19 January 2018, the country directors, advocacy officers as well as key scholars from the Faith Based Constituency of CPDE from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania gathered in Ugandan for the Regional Faith-based Development Organisations Training on Development Effectiveness.
Participating organisations were drawn from ACT Alliance, Caritas Internationalis, Islamic Relief World Wide and Lutheran World Federation. Other invited organisations included the African Council of Religious Leaders as well as representatives from key youth and women groups within the Faith constituency.
From the discussions in Uganda, it is apparent that not enough has been done to build the technical capacity of Faith-based development actors. This has hindered their critical role in engaging with the available opportunities offered by the governments and development partners in the East Africa in regard to the domestication of the development effectiveness agenda at the national level through Sector Advisory Groups and annual budget consultations. There is also lack of information on the implication of GPEDC outcome documents on the role of CSOs as “independent development actors”. In addition to filling the gaps highlighted above, the meeting also sort to re- energize members of Faith based organisations in fulfilling their commitments in monitoring the progress of implementation of the SDG agenda.
The participants were taken through key discussions on the shifting understanding of development and human rights-based approach, the background to effective development cooperation and the move from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness. Among the highlights of the discussion are the key principles of effective development cooperation (EDC).
Of importance was also the key outcome, commitments, and indicators of the High -Level Meeting 2 and the role of different stakeholders including government, private sector, donors, CSOs within the context of EDC. Many did also not know of the Istanbul Principles and CSOs accountability and the importance of CSOs accountability to the localisation of aid agenda.
At the end of the conference, concrete outcomes were agreed that are considered steps of bringing the Faith-based communities closer to the development agenda in the region.
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