UNA Tanzania has conducted a capacity building training with the lake zone regions to increase Civil Society Organisations knowledge on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its integration in the Five Years Development Plan II (2016/17-2020/21), providing an insight understanding on various stakeholders’ role in the process of implementation, follow up, and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The CSOs came from Mwanza, Shinyanga, Kagera, and Mara regions. The workshop involved twenty-seven (27) participants consisting of sixteen (16) men and eleven (11) women.
The workshop led sharing of knowledge, experiences, and challenges that have come up since Tanzania started implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development in 2016 and tried to identify possible recommendations and solutions for impactful implementation, follow up, and review of 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
The workshop invoked several challenges from participants including low knowledge of global, regional, and national agenda among stakeholders particularly Local Government Authorities (LGAs), In addition to that, data availability and sharing, especially from the LGAs, and no sharing of data among CSOs. Partnership among stakeholders is another challenge which was raised, no adequate partnership among lake zone regions CSOs, and with other stakeholders like Local Government Authorities and Private Sector.
The workshop proved ability to provide solutions to raised concerns, by for instance suggesting Civil Society Organisations could train LGA on 2030 Agenda to ensure effective local implementation of the Agenda. Moreover, participants urged that party-political affiliation should be avoided in CSOs.
As a way forward, it was suggested that timely sharing of data between stakeholders, strong partnership among stakeholders with emphasis on CSOs, awareness trainings on global, regional, and national agendas and proper utilization of the Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform which links CSOs in the country for documenting their contributions and facilitate sharing of knowledge, experiences, best practices and innovations emerging from civil society organizations for the implementation, follow up and monitoring of Sustainable Development in Tanzania. Specifically, CSOs should strengthen their partnership with LGAs since local governments are policy makers, catalysts of change and the level of government best-placed to link the global goals with local communities.