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Inclusive development for indigenous peoples in Africa

The project aims at enhancing the capacity of the target groups in the following selected countries in Africa: Angola, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe = to engage in constructive policy dialogues and/or participatory mechanisms, with a view to develop strategies and initiatives to advance inclusive development and SDGs achievement for indigenous peoples in the framework of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through capacity building of both national and local governments and indigenous leaders, the project aims to promote the participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making processes at all levels, with a special focus at the local level, where the most vulnerable indigenous peoples live. 

The project also intends to enhance the capacity of governments to develop and implement policies, programmes and legislation that recognize and respect indigenous peoples’ development priorities and rights, that include their full and effective participation in national socio-economic development policies, enhancing dialogue mechanisms among indigenous peoples, the government and UNCTs. The project also aims to strengthen the capacities of stakeholders in targeted countries to engage in those processes, as well as to work in the implementation of national action plans, policies and measures on the Declaration. Targeted countries have requested technical support of UN DESA. 

Promoting Sustainable Peace through National Youth Policies in the Framework of 2030 Agenda

The overall objective of the project is to increase the capacities of governments, youth-led civil society organizations and the broader Community Based Organization community in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of effective national youth policies and action plans that promote conflict prevention, peace-building and sustaining peace in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda.

The substantive focus of the project lies in capacity development for analysis, review and reformulation of relevant social policies through participatory processes involving young people and other relevant stakeholders. These processes will lead to the production, roll out and dissemination of a Training Module for Promoting Sustainable Peace through National Youth Policies. They will also support partnership building and coalition development on issues regarding youth, peace and security and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the target countries.

Promoting Sustainable Peace through National Youth Policies in the Framework of 2030 Agenda

The overall objective of the project is to increase the capacities of governments, youth-led civil society organizations and the broader Community Based Organization (CBO) community in the formulation and implementation of effective national youth policies and action plans that promote conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the implementation of the SDGs.

The substantive focus of the project lies in capacity development for analysis, review and reformulation of relevant social policies through participatory processes involving young people and other relevant stakeholders. These processes will lead to the production, roll out and dissemination of a Training Module for Promoting Sustainable Peace through National Youth Policies. They will also support partnership building and coalition development on issues regarding YPS and the 2030 Agenda in the target countries.

Enhancing national capacity of governments and indigenous leaders in Africa and Latin America to advance inclusive development in the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In the four years since the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, there have been several positive developments by Member States, largely in the African and Latin American regions, to fulfill commitments made in the event’s outcome document. For example, with Development Account support from DESA/DISD, Namibia validated a White Paper on inclusive development and the rights of indigenous peoples and Uganda has undertaken consultations and affirmed its commitment to develop an affirmative action plan for indigenous peoples. In Latin America, El Salvador has adopted a national action plan on indigenous peoples and Paraguay has also begun the development of a national action plan with the support of IFAD.

The present project will build on this momentum, facilitating broader implementation of the WCIP outcome document by supporting further efforts by previously targeted and new countries, to develop and implement policies, plans of action or strategies focused on inclusive development for indigenous peoples. The project will also provide a platform for South-South cooperation and exchange of experiences between the African and Latin American partners. This exchange is expected to be beneficial for participating countries. Although much remains to be done to implement the UNDRIP, Latin American countries have many years of experience in addressing issues related to development and indigenous peoples at both regional and national levels. In Africa, inclusive development for indigenous peoples is an emerging issue, still being addressed by few countries.

The expected result of the project would be improved capacity among local and national government officials in the four participating countries to develop and/or implement policies, plans of action or strategies, in close consultation and collaboration with indigenous peoples, their representative institutions and other relevant stakeholders, to advance inclusive development in the framework of the UNDRIP.

The expected result would be evidenced by each of the participating countries having prepared and/or advanced implementation of a national policy, plan of action or strategy focused on inclusive development for indigenous peoples. The particular instrument to be focused on would be determined based on an initial assessment carried out in each country.

The project is expected to be conducted in partnership with two countries from the Africa region, and two from Latin America. In December 2018, DISD will carry out, in cooperation with the Government of Namibia, a sub-regional workshop on inclusive development in the framework of the UNDRIP. At that workshop, DISD will identify the two African partners. In Latin America, DISD is working in close collaboration with the Indigenous Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean, with which it will identify two partner countries. The project will also use existing training of trainers material developed by DISD, to build the capacity of government officials and indigenous representatives on indigenous issues. In addition, DISD is currently preparing a Guidance Note on the Development of National Action Plans on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in close cooperation with OHCHR that will also support this proposed project. This project will serve as an opportunity for validation and roll-out of this guidance note.

Policies and programmes for youth with disabilities in Latin America

The aim of this project is to strengthen national capacity in the three project countries to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate effective and evidence-based national policies and programmes aimed at social and economic integration and inclusion of young people with disabilities.  As set out in the Programme of Action of the Copenhagen World Summit for Social Development, the aim of social integration is to create “’a society for all’, in which every individual, each with rights and responsibilities, has an active role to play.”[1] In the case of the present project, inclusion of youth with disabilities means that they are to be actively engaged, as both agents and beneficiaries, in the two focus areas of the project: 1) the design and implementation of national policies for social inclusion of youth with disabilities, and; 2) the design of national programmes and strategies for creating employment opportunities and including youth with disabilities in national labour markets.

Project activities will consist of a combination of analytical and operational capacity building work engaging national and international experts in conjunction with UNDESA and ECLAC/UNDP staff. The main beneficiaries/participants in the project will be policymakers, members of parliaments, and Government officials with mandates related to youth, employment and persons with disabilities. Representatives of youth organizations and disabled persons organizations will participate as both beneficiaries and resource persons for the project. Activities will further include delivery, in project countries, of comprehensive training on formulating and monitoring participatory evidence-based youth policies and programmes aimed at achieving social inclusion and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities. This will support policymakers to work with and create the space for the participation of young people and relevant civil society organizations. It will also contribute to effective policy-making, and a greater awareness of the needs of young people with disabilities in national planning initiatives.

Upon the completion of the project, national programs for training and employment of young people with disabilities will be incorporated into the existing national development plans and programmes in the project countries.

 

Data collection methodology and tools for supporting the formulation of evidence-based policies in response to the challenge of population ageing in sub-Saharan Africa

The objective of the project is to develop a standard methodology to produce, analyze and deliver a database of harmonized indicators on the situation of older persons in Africa. The project is the starting point of a larger UN DESA initiative that aims to assist countries in collecting and analyzing data on older persons in order to more accurately monitor the changing situation of older persons during the implementation phase of the new 2030 Development Agenda. The project will conduct a review of age-related data in three African countries, with the methodology to be piloted in one of these three countries. The survey-tool is to be developed in close collaboration with national and regional policy makers, statisticians and experts dealing with issues related to older persons in Africa. The experience of international researchers and academics that have developed and deployed such tools in Africa as well as in other parts of the world will also be drawn upon. The project aims to promote the participation of all relevant stakeholders at the national and regional level towards the formulation, monitoring and implementation of more inclusive policies that are responsive to the needs and priorities of older persons in the African region. The project further aims to develop survey guidelines appropriate for African countries based on a capacity building and learning approach. The intervention will further contribute to the enhancement of the capacity of government officials, scholars and civil society in sub-Saharan Africa to formulate, monitor and implement evidence-based policies on ageing.