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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. 

Time-use data for better policies in Africa, Western Asia and Latin America

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to government capacity to effectively produce and use time-use data in policy formulation for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Africa, Latin America and Western Asia. More specifically, in collaboration with ECA, ECLAC and ESCWA, the project will contribute to building capacity in countries to produce and use time-use statistics, in support of measuring and monitoring their national development plans and indicators, including SDG 5.4.1 on unpaid work, as well as indicators on other development issues such as employment and learning.  

This will be achieved through the development and testing of methodological guidelines on how to modernize the collection, analysis and use of time-use data based on assessments of national capacity and needs in the following regions Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia (one project country per region). The resulting guidelines will cover cost-effective tools and a sustainable model to institutionalize the systematic collection of time-use data. As part of the roll-out phase, the guidelines will be available for use by all countries and will be widely promoted through regional training workshops and national events in the project countries (one project country per regionto promote stronger collaboration between users and producers of time-use data where participants will also identify/map time-use data needs to national development policies. This way, the project will also contribute to improved data/policies integration.  

Environmental-Economic Accounting for evidence-based policy in Africa and Asia

As a set of interconnected goals, monitoring and measuring the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals necessitates the use of integrated frameworks. The United Nations System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) is an international statistical standard which integrates economic and environmental information into a common framework to measure the contribution of the environment to the economy and the impact of the economy on the environment. The SEEA provides countries with a framework to derive internationally comparable sets of statistics and indicators, supporting measurement of progress towards the SDGs as well as the Aichi Targets, green growth, etc.  

The project aims to address the technical and institutional barriers to the establishment of routinely produced environmental-economic accounts at the national level by national statistical offices. Project activities will focus on: building the institutional framework in support of SEEA implementation, taking into consideration existing initiatives and activities in the countries and policy priorities; building capacity in the countries to compile selected accounts on a regular basis, while contributing to the development of SEEA compliant global databases; fostering inter-institutional relationships to promote collaboration and data-sharing in producing the accounts; and promoting the effective communication and use of the accounts in supporting evidence-based policy and the SDGs.  

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.

Strengthening the collection and use of Time Use Data, in line with international standards and in support of SDG monitoring (2020-2024)

There is an urgent need to support countries in strengthening their capacity to collect and use time use data, for better policies and approaches to implement the 2030 Development Agenda at local, national and regional levels. This urgent need has also been voiced by countries, when they adopted the International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics (ICATUS 2016) at the 48th session of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017 and requested to operationalize the classification and to provide guidance on how to implement it to produce internationally comparable time use data, using the latest technology.

The project will contribute to building capacity in countries to produce and use time use statistics, in support of measuring and monitoring their national development plans and indicators, including SDG 5.4.1 on unpaid work, as well as other development issues such as employment and learning. The project is expected to develop and test methodological guidelines on how to modernize the collection, analysis and use of time use data. These guidelines will cover cost-effective tools and a sustainable model to institutionalize the systematic collection of these data. The guidelines will be available for use by all countries and will be widely promoted through regional training workshops. Furthermore, the project will also contribute to improved data/policies integration in target counties. This will be achieved through a series of national events to promote stronger collaboration between users and producers of time use data where participants will also identify/map which time use data are needed for which national development policies. improved data/policies integration in target counties.

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.