Liliana Rodríguez Burgos, Director – CCONG (Colombian Confederation of NGOs)

From the end of 2012 and up to now, the Colombian Confederation of NGOs (CCONG), a member of Forus, joined together with a network of more than 150 Colombian Civil Society Organisations, an advocacy agenda based on three key actions, focusing on strengthening its political role by actively participating in the observation, analysis, construction of contributions and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. 

The three advocacy actions put forward by CCONG along with a CSO group are: 

  1. The building up of information. 

In this respect, recommendations for the National Government for the implementation of the agenda were drawn up in a collective and participatory manner. They were delivered in 2015 (available here). These recommendations are a benchmark that calls for action; for the mobilisation of strategies and resources; the involvement of all actors in Colombian society in order to guarantee human and development rights. 

In 2018, these recommendations were updated in recognition that, for Colombia, the challenge to implement the 2030 Agenda is framed in a new political, economic, legal and institutional context, as a result of the peace process and reconciliation.

In addition, we have been active in the analysis, examination and development of proposals for the SDGs. In 2017, we delivered recommendations and suggestions to the National Government for the text of the draft of the Public Policy Document that focused on the SDG country goals, and promoted its stance on the document among the CSOs (CCONG recommendations for the draft CONPES – National Council on Economic and Social Policy –, please see here

         2. Social Monitoring

 For three consecutive years (from 2016 to 2018), the CCONG has carried out three Social Monitoring programmes in compliance with the “Recommendations presented to the National Government for the implementation and fulfilment of the Development Agenda”; with the aim of assessing its progress. The methodology is based on government strategies founded on political and civil rights: access to information, participation in setting public policy, social control and civic monitoring. 

Here it is very important to stress that Social Monitoring is carried out on rights we have to fulfil our political role and have been used so that Government recognises that creating trust and dialogue can only happen with visible and participative actions.

Social Monitoring allows us to focus the action of social control and avoid doing what is not up to us and what we are not able to do. In effect, through the CSOs that participate it has been learned that we cannot compete with the construction of technical information to meet the goals in each of the SDGs, since it is a specialised and expensive action that is the State’s responsibility. Against that, we can have complementary information (or contrast information) produced by the different sectors.

       3. Political and social dialogue 

The results of Social Monitoring have been the tools that guide this advocacy action. In this regard three multi-actor meetings have been held (2016, 2017 and 2018). The participation of the National Government, corporate sector and academia foster the presentation of the results of Social Monitoring put forward by the CCONG, and especially the consideration and proposal presentation in order to, from the view of civil society, implement it.

Equally, the CSOs have assumed a social role based on assessing the contribution of its added value to the Sustainable Development Goals, whereby these CSOs are increasingly recognised as development stakeholders and not as project and resource implementers. The contributions of the 229 CSOs to the SDGs can be seen below.