Op-ed: AUDA-NEPAD and Agenda2063

By Seleman Yusuph Kitenge

Implementation of Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 is very critical for Africa’s development transformation. The commitments of the AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities, and development partners to ensure that these two development blueprints are fully executed will play a significant role in fast-tracking their achievement in the continent for the Africa we want. Consequently, as the Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 are complimenting one another, effectuating one at the continental, regional, and national levels will automatically lead to the success of the other. Therefore, awareness of the agendas within the Member States and to note that they are not competing strategies, will propel their adoption in the local context and deliver the Africa we want to see.

This is simply because their smooth implementation further depends on the localisation approach to ensure they are part and parcel of the national development plans and policy-making process from the central government to the local government level to touch base with the people at the grassroots. This allows the people’s ownership of the two agendas and makes their attainment realistic despite criticism that they are both too ambitious blueprints.

In a nutshell, no institution in Africa has a unique opportunity to make these considered ambitious development blueprints possible than AUDA-NEPAD which is known for championing Home Grown Solutions for Africa’s problems. Its Pan Africanism uniqueness produces a sense of belonging among Africans which can make its operations plain sailing and garner immense support within the continent and particularly at the local level to the majority of Africans.

Subsequently, with the reforms implemented within the African Union Commission and its organs, AUDA-NEPAD which emerged as a sole flagship for spearheading Africa’s development will ensure that Agenda 2030 and 2063 targets are respectively met. In this sense, with its mandate to coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects as well as strengthening the capacity of the Member States and regional bodies, the localisation of the two development agendas will be more than possible. This takes into account AUDA-NEPAD’s advocacy, lobbying, and capacity to provide knowledge advisory support and mobilise resources to implement mega strategic projects at the continental, regional and national levels.

Moreover, with its initiatives such as the AUDA-NEPAD Policy Bridge Tank which engages African Think Tanks, the coordination of policy research, provision of technical advice, capacity strengthening, and policy reform for Africa’s development transformation will increase the output of African researchers and allow the knowledge generated by Africans to be used to address Africans’ problems across the continent.

While Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13·5% of the global population but produces less than 1% of global research output. On that account, the AUDA-NEPAD boosting of African Think Tanks will enable policymakers and decision-makers in Africa to make informed decisions and policies which consider local content and context necessary for accelerating realisation of Agenda 2030 and 2063 in tandem. Bear in mind that no one understands African problems better other than Africans themselves.

Conclusively, AUDA-NEPAD is an African idea by Africans in our conquest to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable growth and development as well as integrating Africa into the world economy, and accelerate the empowerment of women across the continent. Therefore, our embracement of this Pan African development body and its programmes will pave the way for Africa to realise our global and continental development plans and transform the lives of the majority of Africans who are still suffering from challenges of extreme poverty, diseases and ongoing conflicts which are triggered by various socio-economic reasons that be addressed by this noble institution

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