26 June 2014

Tanzania: Post MDG Agenda to Include Private Sector

THE Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals Agenda will include accountability on the side of the private sector and ordinary citizens, Permanent Secretary Prime Minister's Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG) Mr Jumanne Sagini has said.

He said in Dar es salaam that while ordinary citizens and the private sector are going to be significant in investing in programmes, the issue of good governance would extend tentacles and not just about holding the government accountable but also a responsibility of ordinary citizens and private sector.

"Good governance will be an attribute needed across the board, with citizens, the government and private sector taking part," he said. He was speaking at a national consultative workshop by Economic and Social Research and localization of post-2015 development agenda.

Tanzania is one of the countries which participated in the consultation process to define the post-2015 MDG development agenda. Mr Sagini said that for the first time, they are increasing scope of contributions in planning the post MDG agenda. In the MDGs whose time elapses next year, he said there are a number of achievements like scaling up of infrastructure for improved health services but remained with challenges that arise from participation of personnel involved.

"So, accountability on the part of personnel involved will be very critical as we plan the post MDG Agenda," he said. The ESRF Executive Director, Dr Hoseana Lunogelo, said among the factors which were stressed by various MDGs Evaluation Reports are Limited capacity of key players at lower levels (District Council, Ward and Village levels The ESRF Director of Programmes Dr Tausi Kida said Tanzania is one of the countries which participated in the consultation process to define the Post-2015 MDG Development Agenda.

She said that what came out of the consultations in various parts of the country is that the next MDGs development agenda is integrated in various planning and budgeting processes at all levels in the country. She also reported that decentralization of power to local or lower level is important; (clear separation of power between central and local levels), linkage between the central and local governments should be strengthened (good governance; access to information etc).

On financial resources, she noted that planning can be done, but if there are no resources, nothing can be done. "This is also related to the late disbursement of the approved resources; ( Low capacity of LGAs to raise adequate own resources)," she noted. Tanzania is one of the 189 nations which ratified implementation of MDGs by year 2015. This was an agreement which requires all developed and developing nations to collaborate and ensure implementation and attainment of MDGs by 2015.

There are eight MDGs which were meant to be implemented by various countries including eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empower women and reducing child mortality. Others are improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, developing a global partnership for development.

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