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Workshop in Johannesburg preps parliamentarians for high-level meeting

10-12 March 2014

Sandton, Johannesburg skyline

Sandton, Johannesburg skyline

Johannesburg, South Africa – An AWEPA workshop titled “Mobilizing and Overseeing Resources for Development” took place on 10- 12 March. The activity was organised by AWEPA together with the  Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) with support from the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The workshop was reflective of both an emerging political will on the African continent to reject aid dependence and move ‘beyond aid’ to self-sufficiency. Parliaments are becoming increasingly aware of the need of effective to development  in their countries. Official development assistance (ODA) is undergoing a large-scale retreat in all but a handful of countries, while foreign direct investment in the financial and extractive sectors is making its mark on emerging African economies. Although commitments have been made to empower parliamentarians to make substantive contributions to the development process,  institutions lack resources for capacity development and public participation. Many institutions are marginally engaged with global (and national) development effectiveness debates.

Discussions held over the course of this three-day training session were aimed at addressing these evident gaps in parliamentary engagement and awareness of the changing international development context and its impact at the national level. Participating parliamentarians and their staff are better prepared to give concerted and informed voice to the SADC position on the aid and development reform processes, beginning with discussions to take place at the Mexico High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in April 2014.

Resources

Presentations day 1
Presentations day 2
Presentations day 3