The draft IFAD Strategic Opportunities Programme(SRESOP) 2013-18 was presented by Pacific Island Sub Regional Coordinator Sakiusa Tubuna at the Pacific Regional CSO Partnership Meeting for Development Effectiveness that was held recently in Nadi Fiji.
The meeting was attended by 40 representatives of CSOs from 16 Pacific Island countries.
During the meeting the CSO representatives shared their views and experiences on the issues that they think should be included in the new SRESOP. Some of the areas that have been highlighted by the representatives of Pacific CSOs include the need to empower rural communities, food security and increasing local food production, sustainable financing systems for smallholder farmers , addressing the needs of women and youth and the promotion of traditional agriculture farming systems to mitigate against the impacts of climate change particularly in the low lying island states in the region. They also raised the need for IFAD to work with regional CSO’s such as Pacific Islands Association of Non Government Orgarnisations (PIANGO)in the implementation of its future programmes in the Pacific.
While opening the meeting, The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Deputy Secretary General Ms Andie Fong Toy. assured Civil Society Organisations that they won’t be ignored in the review of the Pacific Plan.“We now have better appreciation of CSOs and you won’t be ignored in the review of the Pacific Plan,” said Deputy Secretary General of PIFS Andie Fong Toy.
Ms Fong Toy said the Pacific Plan review would be headed by former PNG premier Sir Mekere Morauta who had been mandated during the Pacific Leaders meeting in Rarotonga to visit and consult each 16 Forum island states.
“The intention of the review will be independent, transparent and build on our collective experience and wisdom to fashion a Pacific Plan that is fit for purpose and reflects our development context of today and for the next decade,” she said.
“As equal actors we have a responsibility to ensure that development is delivered sustainably, effectively and transparently.”
Ms Fong Toy said consultations for the review would begin in December before country visits and consultation would be held from next year before a report was tabled during the Pacific Leaders meeting in September in Majuro.
Ms Fong Toy commended PIANGO’s leadership in ensuring that Pacific civil society voice was heard at the Fourth High Level Forum in Aid Effectiveness in Busan last year.
“In many ways the Busan meeting was a watershed for global thinking on development effectiveness, in particular that it specifically recognized the important role that civil society must play to improve effectiveness,” she said.
The meeting also received a report on PIANGO’s role in the lead up to the Busan meeting and post-Busan challenges and opportunities for national and regional CSO actors and their role in taking ownership for development.