Policy Analyst from the Ministry of Finance and Planning , Mr. Francis Shirima lamented that the pace of SDGs implementation is still slow in Tanzania. This is because the nation lacks a coordination framework to ensure that the government works closely with different stakeholders although the framework is on initiation process by the Ministry of Finance and Planning.
However, The co-convener of Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform, Stephen Chacha highlighted on the follow-up and review architecture that is enshrined to monitor the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the People and Policies 7:30 Breakfast debate held on 30th August 2019.
Chacha highlighted that the Tanzania Voluntary National Review (VNR) was presented for the first time on July 18, 2019 in New York at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF), a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals which provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.
He further stated that the VNR consultation was an inclusive process which involved the participation of several stakeholders from Ministry Departments and Agencies (MDAs) , MultiNational Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the academia. The aim of the consultation was to gather inputs and contributions to compiled inputs and recommendations for the National VNR report which was produced by the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MOFP) in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Moreover, the Director of Population Census and Social Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics Ms. Ruth Minja shared with the audience the role of NBS in the implementation of the SDGs and the several milestones that the agency has achieved including the domestication of the SDGs.
She mentioned that the Sustainable Development Goals have been integrated and are implemented through the National Medium Term Plans for both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar namely ; The Five Year Development Plan II (FYDP II) 2016/17 – 2020/21 and the Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty 2016 – 2020 which reflect to the three dimensions of Sustainable Development.
Despite the efforts of the agency to reach milestones set, the funds allocated to statistical offices which are responsible for production, coordination and dissemination of statistical information are inadequate, in the essence that statistical data informs the implementation and achievement of Agenda 2030.
However, Ms. Sandra Oswald from Vodacom Tanzania enlightened the debate by elaborating how the Multinational Organizations contribute to achievement of SDGs in Tanzania. She stated aligned their programs to cater for the implementation of the SDGs in Tanzania through Corporate Social Responsibilities projects that the company is conducting, they manage to facilitate projects that focus on agriculture, nutrition, gender, climate change and also with UN global compact. The telecom has designed strategy to further contribute to SDGs attainment.
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals implementation, it is necessary to solidify collaboration amongst different stakeholders. The focus should base on a bottom up approach to ensure that no one is left behind.