Africa’s must-do, can-do decade
‘Establishing collaborative governance” for peacebuilding has been discussed with world leaders at 3rd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
On the third day of the summit, September 19th, sessions were held to focus on the region and sector-based peace projects.
At the 3rd International Religious Leaders’ Conference, around 300 religious leaders who worked for interfaith dialogues gathered to promote harmony of religions.
The participants shared the progress reports of interfaith meetings through HWPL’s WARP offices aiming to enhance mutual understanding and develop peacebuilding by religious leaders.
Rev. Acharya Prem Shankaranand Tirth, Hindu High Priest of Shree Geeta Ashram of Delhi, emphasized the value and importance of the interfaith dialogue based on the scriptures by mentioning,
“The WARP Office taught us how to make religions one. The true discussion for harmony is not just comparing the knowledge of each other but it is a dis-
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control over their resources and monetary wherewithal to exploit them according to their own named priorities, the elected representatives see to the welfare of community, and traditional authorities maintain peace and resolve conflicts.
It was maintained that if each of these three “drivers” stayed in their lane as defined, there would not be any of the frequently named collisions.
The interlocutors strongly felt that if the national parties did not impose their grand conflicts on the choice of local candidates, the local populace had a history of fellow feeling, mutual sympathy, and sharing that ensured solidarity and resilience to regular crises — and their choices of personalities to manage their affairs was always based only on proven mettle of honesty in community affairs.
A case was mentioned of main ruling party candidate who was eminently known to have led “anti-people” capturing of local facilities like the bus and taxi terminus, informal traders’ “mall” and district football ground in Leribe, whose prospective election was likely to lead to a dysfunctional council as the local community with its vendors’ association and other community organisations were already preparing for a grand show-down with him/her.
It was vehemently voiced that the anticipated reforms should perhaps also seek a national consensus that local elections should not field party candidates, because they were imposed and the party members were voting only to their headquarters directives.
Not only did party councillors see themselves as answering first to their parties, but when parliamentarians became ministers, they abused their pow-
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and mobilizes among Africa’s partners.
This is the motivation behind the United Nations General Assembly’s proclamation of the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa, or IDDA III. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is leading the new approach for the IDDA III. We are fully supporting the focus on partnerships for resource mobilization and offer a tried and tested example of how to implement cooperation development the approach: the Programme for Country Partnership.
UNIDO’s PCP combines technical assistance with policy advice, standards, and investments leveraging to support the design and implementation of industrialization strategies and instruments that can make a sizeable impact on a country’s development.
Since 2014, the model is being successfully implemented in two African countries — Ethio- traditional authorities thereon, and conflict management techniques.
It was felt the politicisation of local government since the introduction of political parties as council contestants (as opposed to the Development Councils of the Military Council and early Basutoland Congress Party (BCP) rule) was responsible for bitter relations with the chiefs.
The chiefs contended that that while local government had taken away from them their means of supplementing their upkeep through control of local resources, it had also left them still substantially responsible for community welfare as the council didn’t exercise real powers nor had their own budgets.
The chiefs therefore deserved equal remuneration with the councillors, whose higher emoluments supposedly made them look down on the former.
They felt, however that councillors couldn’t be given more powers over the community since they were only seasonal while chiefs were permanent by birth right.
They, however, said while the areas of responsibility sometimes conflicted — supposedly as a result of the ministers who were ignorant about or incompletely committed to, the full essence of government- the functions of councillors were developments, while chiefs were overseers of community affairs / welfare, protectors of the law and punishment of deviants threatening such developments and local tranquillity.
The gatherings were group-tasked to deliberate on the eight (8) indices, and return collective wisdom to the plenary; whereat they mostly tended towards the pia and Senegal — as well as in Peru. The PCP is aligned with each country’s national development agenda and is a multistakeholder partnership model. It is designed to build synergies with ongoing government and partner interventions, while mobilizing funds and leveraging additional investment toward sectors with high growth potential.
The PCP focuses on a select number of priority sectors or areas that are essential to the
(a) equality of all persons regardless of their state of ability, gender, economic and other status; (b) cooperation and understanding instead of conflict; (c) respect for human rights in contrast to wanton disregard of such rights; (d) peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue instead of resort to war.
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The returned reports evinced a confident and creative application of the vehicle of local government to establish and sustain a culture of peace.
It was emphasised that these principles should inform first and foremost the resolution of long-simmering conflicts between chiefs and elected councillors in the course of conduct of local governance — whereat was noted some parties ideologies were grounded on whittling chiefly power or eliminating the institution in the name of democracy; whereas the first priority should at all times be to avoid occurrence of such conflict.
Local government should entail truth, transparency in selection of projects, award opportunities, jobs. It should involve effective communication, no domination of demagogues over the “common folk”; clear rules for conduct of business and regulations, and unambiguous specification of tasks of councillors, and penalties for deviation.
The language(ing) of development in daily interaction and business should shift away from the usage of derogatory nouns that demean social groups by their characteristics.
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government’s industrial development agenda. Priority sectors are typically selected based on job creation potential, availability of raw materials, export potential, and ability to attract investment. Its approach is designed to create synergies with partner programs or projects relevant for industrial development in order to maximize impact.
One particular area of focus is strategic partnerships with financial institutions and the business sector in order to leverage additional resources for infrastructure, industry, and innovation, as well as knowledge, expertise, and technology.
Mainstreaming of the PCP approach to other African countries can be a significant contribution to the successful implementation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa. UNIDO stands ready to support Africa on its path to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
Yong is the director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization