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Cameroon: Civil society spotlight report (2020)

Inspired by an example from Kenya, the Cameroon Civil Society Forum on the SDGs was set up in 2018 with the aim of pooling and strengthening civil-society contributions to achieving the SDGs. A key objective and the first main task of the forum was to develop a spotlight or shadow report to complement Cameroon’s 2019 VNR. In developing the report, the forum engaged in an intense and constructive dialogue with the government. Joseph Enyegue Oye, Country Director of Sightsavers Cameroon and Chairperson of the forum, explains how the forum came about and how its members developed the report.

Costa Rica: A National Pact to Advance the SDGs (2018)

In 2016, Costa Rica became the first country to formalise a collective commitment to the SDGs. a national pact was signed by the executive, legislative and judicial powers of the republic, civil society and faith-based organisations, public universities, local governments and the private sector. Together, they committed to realising long-term structural changes towards socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development that is guided by a multi-stakeholder governance structure.

Oaxaca, Mexico: SDG review at state level (2020)

The 2030 Agenda has brought winds of change to the State of Oaxaca. Multi-stakeholder participation in the public policy process and integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development are new experiences for all involved, and they are beginning to transform the relationship between citizens and the state government. Yolanda Martínez López, Secretary of Wellbeing in Oaxaca, explains how the process has been unfolding and what role the voluntary sub-national review has played in it.

Namibia: Aligning the 2030 Agenda with the National Development Plan (2018)

The Namibian government has been an early mover in implementing the 2030 agenda. Its commitment is reflected in the efforts the country has undertaken to ensure integration of the SDGs into national development planning. Daniel Bagwitz of giz shares some of his observations on Namibia’s VNR process from the perspective of an external advisor.

Netherlands: A Structured Approach to Involving Multiple Stakeholders in SDG Reporting (2018)

The Netherlands has integrated SDG review into the policy cycle through regular measuring, consulting and reporting on progress. Strong partnerships with relevant stakeholders have made this process a truly collaborative effort.

Palestinian Territories: Involving Stakeholders to Overcome Data Gaps (2018)

The 2030 agenda encourages governments to involve civil society and the private sector in the SDG review. In the Palestinian Territories, these stakeholder groups not only contributed contentwise to the VNR but also provided data for the SDG indicators. The key to success was to start early, design a well-structured process and take time to build partnerships with a broad range of actors.

The Philippines: Using citizen-generated data for SDG review and follow-up (2020)

With the country’s two VNR processes (2016 and 2019) and consultations on localising the SDG targets, the interaction between the government and CSOs in the Philippines has intensified. In response to interest expressed by both sides, a project launched in 2019 assessed how citizen-generated data (CGD) might be used for official reporting. Patricia Anne R. San Buenaventura, Chief Statistical Specialist, explains the key steps, challenges and results of the project by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), and describes the PSA’s efforts to institutionalise the use of CGD in the Philippines.

Togo: Mobilising Civil Society for the SDG Review (2018)

The involvement of stakeholders in the SDG review is not just a task for the government. Civil society organisations in Togo have also been taking things into their own hands, spending time, effort and their own resources to enable broad participation and leave no one behind. The result is a win-win situation for both sides, the impact of which goes beyond a civil society footprint on a government document. Passion, ownership and perseverance are among the success factors of the Togolese civil society forum.