Kenya wants more ac­tors to set funds for end­ing poverty

Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa, the pri­vate sec­tor, NGOs, phi­lan­thropists and civil so­ci­ety should be part of the global fo­rum, Trea­sury CS Henry Rotich says

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Kenya will be push­ing for fresh commitment on in­creas­ing the fi­nanciers for Of­fi­cial De­vel­op­ment Aid be­yond the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Economic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment at a forth­com­ing global sum­mit on erad­i­cat­ing poverty in Nairobi.

The coun­try will host the Sec­ond High Level Meet­ing of the Global Part­ner­ship for Ef­fec­tive De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion at the Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre be­tween Novem­ber 28 and De­cem­ber 1. GPEDC is a global fo­rum which helps gov­ern­ments, busi­nesses and civil so­ci­ety to work to­gether to end poverty.

The sum­mit, ex­pected to at­tract about 3,000 del­e­gates, is sec­ond af­ter the first one held in Mex­ico in April 2014. About 115 out of the 165 coun­tries that Kenya has in­vited have con­firmed at­ten­dance, the National Trea­sury said yes­ter­day.

Trea­sury CS Henry Rotich said it is im­por­tant that the Brics (Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa), the pri­vate sec­tor, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, phi­lan­thropists and civil so­ci­ety are ac­tively in­cluded in the global fo­rum.

“We want to come up with a doc­u­ment on how non-tra­di­tional part­ners can work to in­crease the pool of funds (for de­vel­op­ment),” Rotich said. “We want to bring all these ac­tors to­gether so we re­duce over­laps and du­pli­ca­tion on project fi­nanc­ing.”

The con­fer­ence, he said, will con­trib­ute to im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ad­dis Ababa Ac­tion Agenda in July 2015 and achieve­ment of the UN-led Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

“The Ad­dis Ababa Ac­tion Agenda on Third Fi­nanc­ing for De­vel­op­ment, also adopted in 2015, in­cor­po­rates the means of im­ple­men­ta­tion in which it ac­knowl­edged that the new agenda re­quires – in­ter alia – ef­fec­tive de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion and in­clu­sive multi-stake­holder part­ner­ships,” Rotich told a fo­rum of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, pri­vate sec­tor, civil so­ci­ety and de­vel­op­ment part­ners in Nairobi.

The Nairobi out­come doc­u­ment will seek re­newed com­mit­ments to en­hance ef­fi­ciency of de­vel­op­ment co-op­er­a­tion for stake­hold­ers, and de­fine new work­ing ar­range­ments for the GPEDC.

Kenya, through the Min­istry of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Gen­der and Youth Af­fairs, will lobby the world to ease ac­cess of funds for women and youth.

“While the SDGs ad­dress de­vel­op­ment out­comes, such as end­ing ex­treme poverty, the Global Part­ner­ship fo­cuses on the qual­ity of de­vel­op­ment in­puts and re­sults,” he said. “HLM2 will there­fore pro­vide a unique op­por­tu­nity for all stake­hold­ers to as­sess and set the tone, and pri­ori­tise agen­das for the Global Part­ner­ship.”

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