Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Under its MDG Programme, AWEPA partnered with the UN Millennium Campaign in the organisation of parliamentary side meetings to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3), in Addis Ababa from 12-15 July 2015.
AWEPA sponsored two members of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) to participate in this conference. The UN Millennium Campaign sponsored members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament and the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) as well as civil society organisations.
The side event entitled Multi-stakeholder’s positioning to support the implementation and monitoring of Financing for Development post-Addis aimed at discussing the positioning of parliamentarians and non-state actors vis-à-vis financing for development post-Addis. AWEPA was invited to deliver a message of goodwill in which it stressed the need not only to increase development resources but also to ensure that they were spent effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of the people; hence the need for strong and accountable institutions and the vital role of parliamentarians in the budget process (appropriation and oversight). Hon. Chief Charumbira of the PAP also delivered a message of goodwill, while Hon. Osei-Mensah, Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, represented African MPs on the panel. Other stakeholders present included, Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP), Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), International Forum for Volunteering in Development and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).
Still alongside the Addis FFD3 conference, AWEPA supported SADC-PF’s participation in a Strategy Meeting of the African Network of Parliamentarians on the SDGs. This initiative, facilitated by the UN Millennium Campaign, builds on the previous African Network of Parliamentarians on the MDGs and is of particular interest to AWEPA as we transition into the post-2015 phase, especially in consideration of the plan to link the network formally and institutionally to the PAP and regional parliamentary bodies.
AWEPA and SADC-PF also attended the side-event Bolstering PFM systems for efficiency and delivery, organised by the World Bank. Among the points raised was the need for increased transparency in public financial management (PFM) and for governments to publish budgets on their websites as a simple first step. Also, thanks to the presence and interventions of SADC-PF and AWEPA, parliamentarians, together with auditors, media and civil society were strongly acknowledged as the key players to ensure government accountability for the efficiency of spending and delivery.
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development gathered high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organisations and business sector entities. The Conference resulted in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, which should constitute an important contribution to and support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. For more click here.