This webinar took place on April 22, 2020 and aimed to: (1) promote understanding of the role CSOs can play in monitoring the progress of SDG land targets; (2) Introduce formats developed by the SDG Land Momentum Group on parallel reporting to ILC members and the land community; (3) Encourage CSOs and other stakeholders to report on progress on the implementation of SDG land targets.
- Why it is important for CSOs to report on progress of the 2030 SDG agenda
- Ways that CSOs and other stakeholders can report on progress of SDG land targets
- How CSO reporting has contributed to advocacy so far
Watch the recording below or on the ILC Youtube channel here.
The webinar, moderated by Rukshana Nanayakkara, Global Policy and Advocacy Expert at the ILC, included contributions from:
- Rueben Lifuka - Vice-Chair, International Board, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL: "Why CSO space matter and the role that CSOs play in SDG reporting"
- Diana Fletschner - Senior Director Research, Evaluation and Learning, LANDESA: "How CSOs can engage in reporting"
- Eva Hershaw - Land Monitoring and Data Specialist, ILC: "Member-led land monitoring of global frameworks"
- Jimmy Ochom - Land Rights Coordinator, OXFAM Uganda: "Case study from Uganda: Experiences and Lessons Learnt through advocacy based on the parallel reporting on SDGs"
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The role of CSO in the SDG reporting process
- CSOs were an integral part of formulating the agenda 2030
- Agenda 2030 reflects the aspirations of what CSOs try to achieve, among other stakeholders.
- As state parties report on progress, CSOs help ensure that state reports are inclusive, accurate and not diverting from common ambitions.
- CSOs also play an important role in monitoring resource allocation: allocated resources ought to serve to meet end goals beyond corruption and mismanagement.
Government reporting on SDG
- Governments can tend to avoid politically sensitive SDG targets (as an example, 16.4 looks at illicit flows of finance, which can involve officials). Here, CSOs and other third-party actors are in better position to provide accurate portrayals of situation.
- Often, there are limits to official data being reported; CSOs are well positioned to analyze data independently and highlight gaps and shortcomings.
The collaboration between CSO and government
- In some cases, collaboration with the government can increase intended objectives of the VNR process, as CSOs are recognised as legitimate partners in the reporting process
- CSOs involved in government reporting can influence processes, and ensure reporting reflects inclusive priorities
Complementary or alternative SDG data
- In order for CSOs to engage in reporting on SDGs, capacity must be built and the political environment must be hospitable; funding is also required.
- CSOs and other third-party data can broaden perspectives on the SDGs, provide additional analysis from diverse sectors.
- Alternative data can fill gaps identified in official data and provide best available data in absence of official statistics.
Encourage reporting and going beyond the data
- The land community should join efforts to encourage as many countries as possible to report on land targets in the SDGs.
- While data will play a predominant role, it's important to give room for stories, cases and interpret data for advocacy
- Data should be disaggregated to the highest level possible to highlight specific challenges faced by marginalized groups.
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