The Citizens Report is a citizen-driven programme in ten African countries to institute citizens’ participation in follow-up and review country system and thereby strengthen the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa launched in September 2017 by African Monitor. This programme is being implemented in Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, and Zambia with national partners through the support of the Open Society Initiative (West Africa and Southern Africa); and with the support of UN Women Africa it is starting being in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
UNA Tanzania is currently implementing the project in Dar es Salaam (Temeke District) and Pwani Region (kisarawe district). The goal of the Citizens Report Initiative is to work with African and Tanzanian citizens and civil society to monitor SDG implementation in Africa, and to demand delivery of commitments, to improve results and to improve policy responses. The principle of leave no one behind is embedded within the programme through the meaningful engagement of African youth and women as monitoring agents; as well as ultimate beneficiaries once implementation of the SDGs is effective.
The Initiative aims to equip citizens to better demand delivery of commitments, to improve development results and to improve policy responses to the needs of the most vulnerable communities. To ensure that development is realized in Africa, ordinary people should be effectively engaged in driving development and holding their government accountable for development commitments and result. The Citizens Report Is an important tool to share citizens’ experiences and voices and to monitor the SDGs.
The goals and targets chosen for monitoring also reflect the leave no one behind principle. The programme has a selection of youth-relevant and gender-specific indicators chosen for monitoring, covering Goals 1, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 16. The programme also leverages technology, as mobile instruments are used to collect data. An e-data platform is being developed to support the process of data analysis, and to make the findings easily accessible to relevant stakeholders. As monitoring agents, youth champions with 50% representation of young women are selected and trained to conduct research and activate community led local advocacy with decision makers
The desired outcomes of the programme are: SDGs are implemented effectively in Tanzania , resulting in tangible improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable groups, particularly youth and women, Citizens actively engage in the monitoring of SDG implementation for better development results , Increased capacity among citizen groups to generate data at the community level for monitoring and Citizen-generated data informs the African SDG review processes, thus leading to necessary improvements in service delivery, development approaches and policy responses.