Frequently Asked Questions
2010 marks an important year for Africa. Most key commitments for the continent’s development expire in 2010, including the Gleneagles commitments to double aid by 2010, the EU-Africa partnership which includes commitments to increase aid to developing countries including Africa, and the 2010 targets for making aid effective as contained in the Paris Declaration. In addition, 2010 marks 5 years before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets are supposed to be fulfilled, with a special United Nations Summit on the MDGs to be held from 20-22 September 2010 in New York. Also significant is that the African Union/NEPAD African Action Plan (AAP) 2010-2015 has been adopted as the defining statement of Africa’s current priority programmes and projects related to the promotion of regional and continental integration.
Against this background, it is important that African citizens and stakeholders review the progress made with the above initiatives in recent years. We must inform the vision and activities to be implemented in support of Africa’s future development in coming years, and develop a set of priorities for engagement and advocacy towards building a redefined relationship between African countries and the international community.
Who is driving this consultation?
African Monitor, a Pan-African body monitoring development funding commitments to Africa and facilitating the involvement of African voices in the development agenda, and a number of partners, including ONE and the Southern Africa Trust, are facilitating a series of face-to-face and e-consultations across the continent to develop a citizen-driven agenda for Africa in the second decade of the 21st century.
Face-to-face consultations will be held at regional level to bring together a cross section of stakeholders from as many of the countries in that region as possible. Participants will include African civil society formations such as NGOs, faith-based organisations, organised labour, professional associations, community-based organisations, the media, youth and women representatives; government officials; private sector, entrepreneurs and the informal sector, and ordinary citizens. Each country will then be expected to undertake further dissemination and popularisation activities to create a ‘buzz’ effect about the African Agenda 2010 and beyond.
Why an e-consultation?
Realising how limiting physical consultations are, it is critical that an e-consultation is undertaken to poll a broad cross section of African citizens, particularly young people, on these issues.
Through the e-consultation process, referred to as #AfricanAgenda2010, mass input and collaboration will be leveraged. All in all, a total of over 10 000 people will make their input. The e-consultation will be a useful tool to solicit people’s perspectives on what they think are the key emerging priorities for Africa. This exercise will identify trends and common issues or priorities in a timely manner and, together with the physical consultations, will also explore emerging issues in greater depth.
The #AfricanAgenda2010 e-consultation is coordinated by the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT).
Who should participate in the #AfricanAgenda2010 e-consultation?
What is the timeline?
The #AfricanAgenda2010 e-consultation runs from Wednesday, 28 April 2010, to the end of June 2010.
To complete the #AfricanAgenda2010 Survey, click here.
Will I receive feedback?
Summaries of responses generated during the face-to-face and e-consultations will be published on the #AfricaAgenda2010 website on an ongoing basis. The final report on the overall project will also be published on the website.
Can I comment on the results?
You are welcome to comment on any responses generated during the face-to-face and e-consultations.
How can I help?
You can contribute to the #AfricanAgenda2010 e-consultation in three ways:
- Complete the survey;
- Comment on any responses generated during the face-to-face and e-consultations;
- Assist us in raising awareness about the e-consultation process and encourage others also to participate.
Submit your comments here.