Mbaye NIANG, Programme Manager and Technical Aide to the CSO Working Group for monitoring SDGs (CONGAD – Senegal)

In September 2015 the international community adopted a new agenda to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The effectiveness of the SDGs depends on the commitment of all countries to implement the whole agenda and to give an annual report on their progress.

To this end Senegal has undertaken to submit a report on the voluntary review of SDG implementation in 2018 before the United Nations High-level Political Forum.

CONGAD believes that citizens’ participation as well as social dialogue are key factors in good governance, which is vital for the success of the global sustainable development goals and to improve its credibility.

That is why the consortium helped in the creation of a civil society working group to help create support within society for SDGs so that people can understand and monitor the progress made in the different sectors and fields, evaluate constraints and formulate proposals for improving approaches, processes, strategies, policies and development programmes.

It should be said that CONGAD has been a key player in the assessment of the MDGs both at a national and regional level and has made a significant contribution to the process of elaborating the post-2015 development agenda.

The group comprises specialist networks and central civil society organisations; its mandate is to strengthen the process of citizens’ participation and to monitor public policies in the light of achieving the SDGs by 2030 in Senegal through dialogue with public decision-makers.

In this context the working group, with the technical and financial support of the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) and Sightsavers, has implemented a process to prepare and coordinate civil society’s participation in the voluntary national review on implementation of the SDGs in Senegal.

A national report by the CSO has been compiled following extensive consultations with the various segments of civil society through decentralised meetings held in the regions and through sector-related brainstorming workshops.

This process has also allowed CSO representatives (NGOs, organisations for women, youth associations, farmers, consumer associations, trade unions, associations for the handicapped, the press and the association for people living with HIV-Aids) to take ownership of Agenda 2030 with its objectives and principles of implementation, and to understand their roles as agents for change in the process to achieve SDGs.