Sunday, April 16, 2017

Global Push To Achieve SDGs Vision and Words with Action Agenda 39

Statement by Lanre Rotimi, ISPE / EAG
Board of Governors of the World Bank Group, WBG and International Monetary Fund, IMF; Development Committee and International Monetary and Financial Committee
 Global Consultation with Member States; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF; CSOs/NGOs; Farmer and Processor Organizations; Private Sector: Micro, Small, Medium, Large and Multinational Enterprises; Academics and Researchers; Internal and External Consultants; Journalists 21 – 23 April 2017.

 “Rethinking Development Finance; Rethinking Global Economy; Rethinking  Evaluation; Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defence, Democracy, Data and Digitization; Rethinking Communication and Rethinking Multi Stakeholder Partnerships / Platforms, MSPs and Lobbying as Force for Good as Foundation for Achieving increasing Convergence between 2030 Transformation Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Vision Intention ad Reality in each Community in each of
306/193 UN Member States by Target Date”.


My name is Lanre Rotimi , International Society for Poverty Elimination / Economic Alliance Group, ISPE / EAG. I am honored to make this Statement on the topic of “Rethinking Development Finance; Rethinking Global Economy; Rethinking Evaluation; Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defence, Democracy, Data and Digitization; Rethinking Communication and Rethinking Multi Stakeholder Partnerships / Platforms, MSPs and Lobbying as Force for Good as Foundation for Achieving increasing Convergence between 2030 Transformation Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Vision Intention and Reality in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States by Target Date”

Congratulations and Commendation

We congratulate Christine Lagarde, Managing Director IMF on her 12 April 2017 Speech on “Building a more Resilient and Inclusive Global Economy in which she highlighted issues she expect to be on the minds of Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors and other Stakeholders participating in the 2017 Annual Spring Meetings of WBG and IMF. We also congratulate WBG President Jim Yong Kim  on his 11 April 2017 Speech on “Rethinking Development Finance” in which he called for a “New Approach” to  Development Finance to meet the aspirations of the World’s over 7 billion people and make this Generation the first in history to end extreme poverty.

We applaud the devotion of the Annual Spring Meetings to provide a Multi Stakeholder Platform / Partnership or Forum for:-
  1. International Cooperation that strengthen the Bank and the Fund to better serve Member Countries.
  2. WBG and IMF Leadership; WBG and IMF Member States and other Stakeholders to engage in frank and truthful dialogue on sustainable solutions to real and complex poverty reduction and ultimately elimination, international economic development and international development finance problems on the ground in each Community in each Member State.

We also applaud the devotion of the UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Institutions and their various Bodies towards achieving increasing convergence between 2030 Transformation Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Vision Intention and Reality in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States by Target Date. Giant Strides have been made but much more remain to be done. This requires filling all identified information, knowledge and research gaps.

WBG and IMF Individually and Jointly is/are in a unique position to strengthen and reinforce Community to Global Stakeholders to meet this requirement within the Mission and Mandate of each Stakeholder, as all concerned work jointly within Common Strategy – General Agreement on Alignment, Harmony, Synergy, Ownership, Transparency, Accountability; Common Leadership – Trust, Integrity, Ethics, Professionalism, Honesty, Commitment, Cooperation, Cohesion, Collaboration, Coordination and Common Approach: Principles, Instruments corresponding to each Principle, Practices and Database towards achieving 2030 Transformation Agenda Vision Ambitions by target date.

Tackling Answer to How Question Challenge

We observe that over the years National and International Development Cooperation What questions are over answered while How questions are avoided or evaded or answers to What questions are passed as answers to How questions. The Result is that there is undue focus on treatment of Symptoms rather than required focus on identifying primary cause or root cause of real and complex National and International Development problems on the ground from Community to Global levels in each of 306/193 UN Member States as basis for design and delivery of Sustainable Solutions - Correct Diagnosis, Correct Prescription, Correct Surgery and Correct Recovery Management.

MD IMF: Rethinking Global Economy Initiative and President WBG Rethinking Development Finance Initiative – Tackling Research, Implementation, Evaluation and Success Challenge

The Rethinking Global Economy Initiative of MD IMF and Rethinking Development Finance Initiative of President WBG are two sides of the same coin. However, they cannot stand alone but need to be integral part of other Rethinking Initiatives such as Rethinking  Evaluation; Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defence, Democracy, Data and Digitization; Rethinking Communication and Rethinking Multi Stakeholder Partnerships / Platforms, MSPs and Lobbying as Force for Good as Foundation for Achieving increasing Convergence between 2030 Transformation Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Vision Intention ad Reality in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States by Target Date”.

These Rethinking Initiatives underline urgent need for Global Consultation aimed at generating many useful ideas and pertinent suggestions; quickly harvesting and processing same and in ways that help put work towards achieving 2030 Transformation Agenda Implementation and Evaluation on Track towards achieving its Global Goals in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States by 2030 Target date.

It is pertinent to note that QCPR 2016 has been adopted by UNGA as the Pillar of UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Reform; that without renewed effort the probability is low that UNSG will deliver on responsibility to submit Report by 30 June 2017 in compliance with Paragraph 19 QCPR 2016; that without co-Facilitators of the Improving UN System Alignment and Synergy Process facing new direction and adopting new priorities, their Report will be Business as Usual which is unhelpful. These are time bound issues that 2017 Spring Meetings of WBG and IMF need to address.

It is pertinent to note further that as 2nd quarter 2017 Year 2 of Implementation few days old, fundamental issues that ought to have been settled by end 1st quarter 2015 Year of Decision are still outstanding and unless concerted effort is made and on time, the probability is high that these fundamental issues could remain unaddressed well into the future even till 2030. Allowed to occur, in the face of worsening World Hunger, Malnutrition, Poverty, Terrorism, Migration, Climate Change, Corruption and related problems on the ground from Community to Global levels in each of 306/193 UN Member States, the ultimate consequences for over 7 billion people in both North and South Countries, especially the over 2 billion poor Children, Youth, Women, Men and Elders that UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF serve, could be catastrophic. This is avoidable if timely action is taken again these are fundamental issues that 2017 Spring Meetings of WBG and IMF need to address, if MD IMF and President WBG are to individually and jointly lead IMF and WBG to “Walk their Talk”.

The many useful ideas and pertinent suggestions generated by these Rethinking Initiatives could help find cure and prevention for real and complex Evaluation and non Evaluation problems on the ground in the National and International Development Cooperation System, should adequate levels of Political Will on the part of National and International Public / Civil Servants and Public Will on the part of Citizens in both North and South Countries, especially Powerful North and South Countries be mustered without delay and sustained until 2030 Transformation Agenda Global Goals are achieved in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States by target date.

Paradigm Shifts

The fundamental issues involved should WBG and IMF Leadership genuinely determine to pursue Correct Diagnosis, Correct Prescription, Correct Surgery and Correct Recovery Management as One to all identified real and complex political, cultural, economic, financial, social, environmental, peace, security, religious, moral, legal, technical problems on the ground in specific Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global Context demand a shift from focus on problems and passing blame to focus on solutions and result that is part of a bundle of paradigm shift from Talking and Thinking to Action and Accomplishments for Results. That is at the community level, at the sub-national level, at the country level, at the sub-regional level, at the regional level, and at the global level, we all need to make these things happen:
a)       jointly making paradigm shifts from working in silos to working intersectorially in synergy;
b)      from multiple approaches to common approaches that continuously improve convergence, alignment and harmony;
c)       from business as usual to business unusual;
d)      from parrotting change to practicing change;
e)      from academic research aimed at advancing frontiers of knowledge to development research aimed at significant improvement in critical contemporary measures of service, speed, costs, quality and where necessary revenue;
f)       from talking and thinking to Action and Accomplishment.

Effectively addressing these fundamental issues, present Task that must be done, that is beyond the entire UN System: UNO, WBG and IMF. For this Task to be done and on time National Leaders and World Leaders in identified 8 Blocks of Stakeholders:-
  1. UN Member States Governments – Executive, Legislature, Judiciary: all arms at al tiers
  2. UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF
  3. CSOs/NGOs
  4. Farmer and Processor Organizations
  5. Private Sector: Micro, Small, Medium, Large and Multinational Enterprises
  6. Academics and Researchers
  7. Internal Consultants and External Consultants
  8. Journalists
Need to meaningfully support High Level Expert Forum with Official Status – a level of recognition by UN System: UNO, WBG , IMF and UN Member States that help generate sustainable solutions to all identified real and complex National and International Development Cooperation problems on the ground from Community to Global levels.

Tackling Muddled Thinking

There is a need to recognize that the level of Muddled Thinking in National and International Development Cooperation is too much. There is urgent need to deploy different types of Thinking to correct this lapse, if 2030 Transformation Agenda Vision ambitions are to be achieved in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States. We suggest: Spatial Thinking or Organized Relationships Thinking focus on Planning Side (Planning, Research and Statistics/Data); Systems Thinking or Problem Solving Thinking focus on Implementation Side; Reflective Thinking or Value Judgement Thinking focus on Evaluation Side (Monitoring, Evaluation and Assessment) and Critical Thinking or Organized Learning Thinking focus on Success Side (Learning, Results and Measuring Success).

Academics, Researchers, Practitioners and Professionals as Instructors and Participants in Policy, Program, Project Interventions, 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One within all aspects of Rethinking Evaluation, Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defence, Rethinking Communication and Rethinking MSP and Lobbying as Force for Good; need to meaningfully Practice the Art and Science of the 4 Types of Thinking in their Day to Day work, if they are to contribute much more meaningfully to help concerned Stakeholders from Community to Global levels achieve New National and International Development Cooperation Vision Ambitions on successful basis under WIN-WIN arrangement delivering Sustainable Benefits to ALL Stakeholders.

To effectively tackle all these real and complex problems on the ground from Community to Global levels in both North and South Countries, there is need to recognize that Aid Effectiveness and Development Evaluation are components of Development Effectiveness and Development Effectiveness is Component of National and International Development Cooperation. This suggest that seeking to meaningfully address real and complex problems on the ground on the Development Evaluation side without simultaneously seeking to meaningfully address real and complex problems on the ground not only on Aid Effectiveness and Development Effectiveness sides but also on National and International Development Cooperation on both North and South Countries sides could be exercise in futility.

The implication of above points is that MD IMF Rethinking Global Economy Initiative and President WBG Rethinking Development Finance Initiative, each needs to transform from an Individual Initiative to an Institution Initiative and be effectively Integrated with Rethinking Evaluation, Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defence etc, Rethinking Communication and Rethinking MSP and Lobbying as Force for Good Initiative that has Official Support of UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities and Powerful North and South UN Member States Entities.
  
Study Findings

ISPE/EAG Study finding is:-
  1. 1/3 Failed Policies, Programs, Projects (3P); 1/3 Flawed 3P and 1/3 Successful 3P
  2. 1/3 Failed Evaluation; 1/3 Flawed Evaluation and 1/3 Successful Evaluation.
  3. 80% Evaluation Professionals, Practitioners, Academics and Researchers have minimum certain levels of Hard Competencies: Learning and Skills
  4. 20% of the 80% have minimum certain levels of Soft Competences: Character, Courage, Discipline and Mindset
  5. 60% of Evaluation Professionals are Quacks. That is the 100% Evaluation Professionals in (3) and (4) constitute 40% of Evaluation Professionals.
  6. Creating Demand for Research, Implementation, Evaluation, Success is basis for Creating Supply for Research, Implementation, Evaluation, Success that reduce Quacks to less than 10%, ensure over 80% Research, Implementation, Evaluation, Success: Professionals, Practitioners, Academics and Researchers have minimum certain levels of Hard Competences: Learning and Skills and Soft Competences: Character, Courage, Discipline and Mindset.
  7. Creating One Worldwide Approach to Evaluation is the Master Key to (6)
  8. Creating One Worldwide Approach to National and International Development Cooperation, inclusive of (7) is Master Key to achieving 2030 Transformation Agenda Vision Ambitions by Target date.

One Worldwide Approach to National and International Development Cooperation

It is pertinent to note that One Worldwide Approach is not the same thing as One-Cap-Fit-All. It is simply a Common and Systemic Approach based upon Systems Analysis, Systems Theory and Systems Practice – that is a Generic Approach that can be adapted to suit the unique and specific needs of each Community to Global Constituency in each of the 7 Blocks of Stakeholders identified above.

The One Worldwide Approach needs to have clear Principles, Instruments corresponding to each Principle, Practices and Database. ISPE/EAG Study finding is that Approach is being confused with Instrument/Tool. An Instrument/Tool is a component of an Approach but an Approach is not a component of an Instrument/Tool. Once, there is Common Agreement on this FACT, then it will be clear that virtually all Approaches in Evaluation and Non Evaluation Components of National and International Development Cooperation are in reality Instruments/Tools.

It is pertinent to note further that evidence abound that there is only One Known “One Worldwide Approach to National and International Development Cooperation in our World today – 3PCM – Policy, Program, Project Cycle Management Approach to Benefits Focused National and International Development Cooperation. 3PCM is Original Contribution of Systems Analysis, Systems Theory and Systems Practice as One to National and International Development Cooperation Sustainable Solutions. The 3PCM 4th Instrument is a Master Instrument / Tool Box that has the Capacity to accommodate all known – credible, productive and relevant Instruments / Tools.



It is clear that ISPE/EAG Study Findings shed light on priorities and direction moving forward in the work towards finding sustainable solutions to real and complex problems on the ground highlighted in the IEG Blog Rethinking Evaluation Initiative (see Appendix) and underline the fact that one of the primary issues that need to be settled if there is to be Motion with Meaning Moving Forward Rethinking Development Finance, Rethinking Global Economy, Rethinking Evaluation; Rethinking Development etc; Rethinking Communication and Rethinking MSP and Lobbying as Force for Good as Driver of work towards achieving 2030 Transformation Agenda Vision Intention and Reality by target date in each Community in each of the 306/193 UN Member States, is for the 8 Blocks of Stakeholders to adopt a One Worldwide Approach. It does not have to be 3PCM, although this is the Only such One Worldwide Approach in our World today. But is has to be sufficiently Robust – All Embracing, All Inclusive and Ambitious Approach to Drive Achievement of increasing convergence between the All Inclusive, All Embracing and Ambitious SDG Agenda Vision Intention and Reality in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States.

It should be recognized that AAAA is in reality the Finance Dimension of SDG; COP21 is Climate Change Dimension of SDG; Agenda 21 is Environment Dimension of SDG and SDG affect all North and South Countries in our World today and not just South Countries as was the case with MDG.

Systems Change Sustainable Solutions

We are informed that International Foundations, Cities in both North and South Countries and Private Enterprise in both North and South Countries are beginning to recognize need for Systems Change robust enough to ensure that they work in viable Multi Stakeholder Platforms / Partnerships for better success working across fragmented and contentious Society where they operate in the Common Interest and Common Future of all National and International Stakeholders in that Society.


It is clear that the different Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global Stakeholders need to better understand their differences, if sustainable solutions that work are to be found to the real and complex Sustainable Development problems on the ground in their specific context and that Systems Change – Analysis, Theory and Practice offers a viable way forward for tackling these complex problems. There is strong need for 2017 Spring Meetings of WBG and IMF to set new direction and new priorities for more effectively supporting Systems Change Sustainable Solutions that work for Millions of Groups out there in each Community in each of the 306/193 UN Member States.

Partnership with Private Sector

The SDG full implementation with effective monitoring and evaluation of this implementation in ways that achieve increasing convergence between 2030 Transformation Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community Development Plans and Country Development Plans in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States Vision Intention and Reality by target date calls for Stronger Partnership Strategy with the Private Sector especially External Consultants Constituencies and all other CSOs (broadly defined) Constituencies by UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities and UN member States Entities.

ISPE/EAG is aware of FAO’s commitment to meaningfully engage Private Sector, CSOs and other Constituencies in meaningful Partnership Strategy. IEG-WBG and other UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities as well as UN Member States Entities need to consider adopting this worthy FAO Initiative.

We have in the Appendix set out thoughts o ways and means of operationalizing in practice these Partnership Strategies.

WDRs’: Tackling Implementation and Evaluation Challenge

Each Year the WBG releases many Study Reports. The annual World Development Report is one of the WBG Flagship Reports. The Big Issue that WDR and IMF Board of Governors, Member States and other Stakeholders at 2017 Spring Meetings of WBG and IMF need to address in Global Interest is What does UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Internal Publics and External Publics do with the Huge Information and Knowledge contained in UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Study Reports, Conferences and Meetings Outcome Documents?

It is pertinent to note that WDR 2004 on Public Sector Management, PSM; WDR 2008 on Agriculture; New PSM 2011; 10th Anniversary PSM 2014; WDR 2014 on Risk Management; WDR 2015 on Attitudinal Change; WDR 2015 on Digitization and WDR 2017 on Governance contain many god ideas and recommendations which fully implemented with effective evaluation in each of the 306/193 UN Member States, over the years, would have delivered better Aid Effectiveness, Development Effectiveness, Development Impact and Development Results that help Configure or Reconfigure our World in such a way as to have eliminated many of the Sustainable Development and Development Cooperation problems on the ground today in both North and South Countries.

It is not enough for the UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF to come up with Good Study Reports, Conferences and Meetings Outcome Documents each Year. The time is NOW for UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Leadership and Member States Leadership to meaningfully tackle their Study Reports, Conferences and Meetings Outcome Documents Recommendations Implementation and Evaluation Challenges on the ground from Community to Global levels in each of 306/193 UN Member States. Action in this regard should start from 2017 Spring Meetings of WBG and IMF.

Know How – Necessary for Finding Correct Answers to AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 How questions

In the work towards achieving AAAA, SDG, OP21, Agenda 21 Goals by 2030, records show What questions have been over answered and HOW questions have been avoided or evaded. Yet without finding correct answers to How questions, achieving 2030 Transformation Agenda Vision Ambitions by target date in many of the 306/193 UN Member States would be mirage. It is unhelpful for WBG and IMF Leadership to keep turning blind eye to this unshakeable fact.

Records show Member States are looking up to UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF for help to achieve AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 Goals by 2030 Target date but UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities themselves need help before they can be in a position to help Member States.

Also many UNGA Resolutions saddle UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF with responsibility to Re-engineer themselves so that they can be in position to support the Re-engineering for achieving 2030 Transformation Agenda Vision in Member States, yet neither UNDESA nor UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF has the capacity to Re-engineer themselves. This is another reason why How questions are being avoided or evaded.

The correct answer to How questions has little to do with PhD or Professor; Trained Economists or Trained Evaluators but much to do with Community to Global Stakeholders in each of the 8 Blocks identified in this Paper being organized onto Grassroots Professionals Levels 1 and 2 and Advance Professionals Level 1 and 2 and ensuring that Professionals in each of the 4 Levels have minimum certain levels of Hard Competences: Learning and Skills and Soft Competences: Character, Courage, Discipline and Mindset.

Moving Forward in Global Interest

Moving forward we suggest Board of Governors of WBG and IMF considers taking the following Actions:-
1. Establishing Global Partnership on Ending Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty, GPEHMAP as Multi Stakeholder Platform / Partnership for Research, Implementation, Evaluation and Success of all good ideas and pertinent suggestions set out in WBG and IMF Study Reports, Conferences and Meetings Outcome Documents.
2. Presenting a Memo to 306/193 UN Member States setting out the GPEHMAP Initiative Vision and calling for their personal and official support, including the nomination of High Level Research (Research, Planning, Data/Statistics); Implementation; Evaluation (Monitoring, Evaluation) and Success (Learning, Results, Measuring Success) Experts to serve on the GPEHMAP.
3.Establishing Pilot Program on Ending Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty in 6 North Countries -  US, UK, Germany, France, Portugal and Russia 6  South Countries – Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Algeria, Brazil as basis for Scale Up Program covering all Action Agenda Items in 2030 Transformation Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21 aligned and harmonized with Community Development Plans and Country Development Plans in all 306/193 UN Member States.
4. Establishing a Committee of WBG and IMF Executive Management and Board Members to work with ISPE/EAG on ways and means of establishing the Global Partnership Joint Support Team and the Secretariat to the GPEHMAP.

Conclusion

Rethinking Development Finance, Rethinking Global Economy, Rethinking Evaluation etc is not about Changing for Change Sake but about Needed Change; not about pursuing abstract Knowledge for Knowledge Sake but about demonstrating Applied Knowledge for Sustainable Development and World Peace Sake. These call for Changing Attitude and Behaviour at Scale driving New Advocacy and New Know How for Accomplishment and Results from Community to Global levels.

It is our hope that the thoughts expressed in this Paper resonate positively with Board of Governors of the World Bank Group, WBG and International Monetary Fund, IMF; Development Committee and International Monetary and Financial Committee; Member States; UNO; CSOs/NGOs; Farmer and Processor Organizations; Private Sector: Micro, Small, Medium, Large and Multinational Enterprises; Academics and Researchers; Internal and External Consultants; Journalists participating in the 21 – 23 April 2017 Spring Meetings of WBG and IMF.

Contact Lanre Rotimi: nehmap.initiative@yahoo.co.uk

16 April 2017.

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Appendix

Extract of Statement to co-Facilitators of Improving UN System Alignment and Synergy Process, by ISPE/EAG

It will be recalled that the next Global Consultation on Improving Alignment and Synergy of UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Bodies meeting is scheduled for 11 April, and the co-facilitators welcomed input to determine the topics for discussion.
The outcome of the co-facilitators Global Consultation meeting on 6 March 2017 once more provide evidence that UN Events set up to find answers to 2030 Agenda How questions end up avoiding or evading answer to How questions while over answering What questions and this include providing answer to What questions as answers to How questions. There is therefore urgent need for the co-Facilitators to ensure that the 11 April 2017 meeting and remaining meetings in this process provide clear and correct answers to How questions.

The UN System Delivery as One, DaO Initiative is over 10 years old. If National Leaders and World Leaders do not know why UN System DaO is not working, they will not know how to Reform the UN System to be fit for the 21st Century and in ways that ensure that UN System DaO will work and in ways that ensure 2030 Agenda Vision ambitions are achieved by 2030 target date in each Community in each of the 306/193 UN Member States.

It is pertinent to note that:-
1.       UN System is used interchangeably with UNO. The UN System goes beyond UNO to include WBG and IMF. UN System DaO therefore goes beyond UNO DaO to UNO, WBG, IMF DaO. It is clear that without achieving UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF DaO, it will be Mission Impossible achieving 2030 Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD Vision ambitions in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States. The implication is that achieving 2030 Agenda driven by UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF DaO calls for “Rethinking  Development, Diplomacy, Defense, Democracy, Data and Digitization - Research: Research, Planning, Statistics/Data; Implementation; Evaluation: Monitoring, Evaluation; Success: Learning, Results, Success Policy, Program, Project Interventions, 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One”.
2.       UN Member States are looking up to UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities for help to achieve 2030 Agenda in each Community in their Country but UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities themselves need help before they can be in a position to provide the type of help UN Member States desire and deserve.
3.       The 2016 TI Corruption Perception Index shows that World Corruption is worsening with 2/3 of 176 Countries Surveyed falling below the Index mid point. The TI Corruption Perception Index is itself Corrupt as it is based on subjective methodology and it addresses Bribe Takers without addressing Bribe Givers. Also the WBG Governance Indicators is corrupt as it recognizes Legal Corruption such as Lobbying and it places undue focus on Bribe Taking while turning blind eye to many of the remaining 16 commonly occurring forms of corruption.
4.       There is a need for one official list of UN Member States instead of the current two; there is a need for adoption of the list of 193 UN Member States as the only official list; there is a need for New Corruption Perception Index based on objective methodology for two lists – Bribe Takers and Bribe Givers in which all 193 UN Member States are surveyed.
5.       It takes two to tango. While many Developing Countries, including Nigeria are high on the list of Bribe Takers; many Developed Countries are high on the list of Bribe Givers including US, UK, France, Germany, Russia.
6.       There is need for Multi Stakeholder Partnerships / Platforms, MSPs as Force for Good and Lobbying as Force for Good. There are many approved MSPs, some extended/expanded and others new. However, is there any of these MSPs that meet the minimum certain Multi Stakeholders Platform/ Partnership, MSP, Standards required to achieve 2030 Transformation Agenda Vision Ambitions? Please take critical look at the DCDE Study Reports on MSPs’.
The content of the DCED Reports should be Food for Thought for IDEAS; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF and Member States Governments: Executive and Legislature/Parliament (Judiciary is conspicuously missing) that strengthen Community to Global Stakeholders in identified 7 Blocks commitment towards the establishment of New MSPs’ and Re-establishing Existing MSPs’ and underline the need to meaningfully address Rethinking Evaluation; Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defence, Democracy, Data, Digitization; Rethinking Communication and Rethinking MSP and Lobbying as Force for Good as One in MSPs Moving Forward.
7.       On the Rethinking Communication component, there is a need for National Leaders and World Leaders in the 7 Blocks to recognize that in Information as in Food, there is Chronic Hunger, Acute Hunger and Malnutrition real and complex problems on the ground from Community to Global levels in each North and South Country and that addressing Chronic Hunger, Acute Hunger and Malnutrition problems on Food side from Community to Global levels without simultaneously addressing Chronic Hunger, Acute Hunger and Malnutrition problems on Information side from Community to Global levels would be knowingly or unknowingly undermining potential to achieve sustainable success in the work towards Ending Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty Worldwide, a major condition for achieving increasing convergence between 2030 Transformation Agenda Intention and Reality in each Community in each of the 306/193 UN Member States.

There is therefore a need for Rethinking Communication that support Stakeholders in each of the 7 Blocks to face new direction and adopt new priorities that reinforce bringing Whole of Community/Company/Bank/Institution/Government/Society Thinking to bear towards the sustainable solutions to Whole of Community/Company/Bank/Institution/Government/Society real and complex problems on the ground. This demands attitudinal and behavioural change by Stakeholders in each of the 7 Blocks at Country level – Community, Sub-national and National and International Level – Sub-regional, Regional and Global.
8.       There is urgent need to convert existing UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities Study Reports especially WBG World Development Reports, WDR 2004 on Public Sector Management, PSM and its follow Up New PSM 2011 and 10 year review of PSM 2014; WDR 2008 on Agriculture; WDR 2014 on Risk Management, WDR 2015 on Attitudinal and Behavioral Change, WDR 2016 on Data and Digitization and WDR 2017 on Governance as well as Conferences and Meetings Outcome Documents especially AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD, Agenda 21 and HLM2 NOD into Vision and Words with ACTION; ensure full implementation of all Action Agenda Items with effective Monitoring and Evaluation of this Implementation as appropriate to each Community to Global location context.

https://ieg.worldbankgroup.org/blog/rethinking-evaluation-agility#comment-3288  Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defense, Democracy, Data, Digitization

9.       Achieving (1) – (8) greatly depends on selecting One Worldwide Approach to Benefits focused National and International Development Cooperation.
10.   Operationalizing (9) in Practice greatly depends on the appointment of Global Coordinating External Consultant and Global Coordinating Internal Consultant with minimum certain levels of Hard Competences: Learning and Skills and Soft Competences: Character, Courage, Discipline and Mindset to meaningfully support Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global Stakeholders from UN Member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary at all tiers; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities; CSOs/NGOs; Farmers and Processors Organizations; Private Sector: Micro, Small, Medium, Large and Multinational Enterprises; Academics and Researchers as they work jointly towards achieving 2030 Agenda within each Partners unique and specific location context.

The current situation wherein too many CSOs are antagonistic stakeholders focused on government flaws and failures must change to a new situation in which the greater majority of CSOs are Active Participants focused on working jointly with Stakeholders in remaining 6 Blocks on Global Goals – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans Action Agenda Items in ways that accomplish targets and on scheduled time.

To make this and related paradigm shifts, such as silos to synergy; business as usual to business unusual; parroting change to practicing change; academic research to development research greatly depends on effectively deploying competences identified above and in ways that effectively deploy Whole of Bank / Institution / Government / Community / Country / World Thinking to bear towards the sustainable solutions to Whole of Bank / Institution / Government / Community / Country / World Problems. This underlines need to recognize that Good Communication Strategy is not Razzmatazz and Sensation focused on Shadow but Connection and Understanding focused on Substance.

It is pertinent to note that many ECOSOC accredited CSOs are not aware of the Communication Resources available at UNDPI; that many of these CSOs that are aware, are not able to effectively utilize the Communication Resources due to Competences and Capacity issues and that many of these Communication Resources may not meet the unique Communication Needs of particular Communities in Specific Member States. This underlines the magnitude and complexity of the challenge facing UNDPI in the Design and Delivery of effective and efficient Global Goals – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD Communication Resources that help to effectively link each Community in each of 306/193 Member States to UN Headquarters New York and also help to achieve increasing convergence between Global Goals – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans in 306/193 Member States Vision Intention and Reality by scheduled target date.

The answer to 2030 Agenda How questions is in the DOING and this is in Pilot Program and Scale Up Program.  This DOING could start from converting the UNSG Statement at his swearing in ceremony on 12 December 2016 into Vision and Words with Action; ensuring the UNSG regain lost time and deliver on responsibility to produce Report by end second quarter 2017 set out in Paragraph 19 QCPR 2016 and ensure New FAO End Poverty, End Hunger and End Malnutrition, EPEHEM Comprehensive Approach is adopted by each of the 306/193 UN Member States as each seek to achieve 2030 Agenda Ambitions by 2030 target date.

The co-Facilitators, UN Member States, SOs/NGOs and other Stakeholder Blocks participating in this process need to recognize that pour World is accelerating on MADning (Mutually Assured Destruction) Road to DOOM and achieving 2030 Agenda greatly depends on our World hanging to and accelerating on MAPing (Mutually Assured Prosperity) Road to BOOM.  There are Bright Prospects of Success, if National Leaders and World Leaders Chose Road to Boom and recognize that One Day delay may be One Day too late.
Contact:

Lanre Rotimi - International Society for Poverty Elimination / Economic Alliance Group

Friday, March 17, 2017

Global Push To Achieve SDGs Vision and Words with Action Agenda 38

Statement by Lanre Rotimi, ISPE / EAG,
co-Facilitators on Enhancing Synergies and Coherence and Reducing Overlap in the Agendas of the General Assembly, ECOSOC and their Subsidiary Bodies in Light of Adoption of the 2030 Agenda for World Sustainable Development
 Informal Consultation with Member States, Major Groups and other Stakeholders 11, April 2017

 “Rethinking  Development, Diplomacy, Defense, Democracy, Data and Digitization - Research: Research, Planning, Statistics/Data; Implementation; Evaluation: Monitoring, Evaluation; Success: Learning, Results, Success Policy, Program, Project Interventions, 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One”


My name is Lanre Rotimi and I am honored to make this Statement on the topic of  “Rethinking  Development, Diplomacy, Defense, Democracy, Data and Digitization - Research: Research, Planning, Statistics/Data; Implementation; Evaluation: Monitoring, Evaluation; Success: Learning, Results, Success Policy, Program, Project Interventions, 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One”on behalf of the International Society for Poverty Elimination / Economic Alliance Group.

We congratulate the co-chairs and all contributors to the first consultation on 7 February 2017 and second consultation on 6 March 2017.

We applaud the devotion of the 6 March 2017 meeting to finding clear and correct answers to 3 specific How questions:-
  1. How can we encourage the General Assembly Committees, the ECOSOC main segments, and the ECOSOC Functional Commissions to combine their efforts in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
  2. 2. How can the General Assembly Committees coherently embody the 2030 Agenda into their mandates and agendas? How can we improve their interaction?
  3. 3. How can our process take into consideration other reform initiatives in the General Assembly and in ECOSOC as well as implementation of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, and the efforts of the Secretary General?

Opening the meeting, Bird said the consultation process builds on the mapping exercise conducted during the 70th UNGA session. It does not aim to reduce the UN’s work, she stressed, but to facilitate interaction and joint work, and enhance synergies to “ensure the UN system delivers as one.” She also said the process is not meant to result in negotiated outcomes, but rather a summary of findings and possibly recommendations for next steps.

It was agreed that the process would produce a series of recommendations rather than negotiated outcomes; provide a roadmap of actions to better align work on the 2030 Agenda, serve implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the Country level, but avoid micro managing on the ground since UNGA and EOSOC are not “implementing agencies”; and result in a common understanding of the division of labour among bodies, so as to eliminate duplication including duplicating ECOSO Review process, UNGA Revitalization process and mandatory Reports set out in 2016 QCPR. This is to ensure that the UN does not have the same conversation in two or more different events.

As part of reducing “duplication and competition” among UN system entities, there was suggestion clarifying the roles of each entity in helping Member States to implement the SDGs, as follows: the UNGA’s role is to express the political will and guidance of Member States on priority issues; ECOSOC’s role is to follow up on specific conferences, oversee subsidiary bodies, and integrate the major dimensions of sustainable development; the role of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is to hold the preeminent discussion on follow-up and review of the SDGs; and the UN development system supports countries in implementation under the guidance of QCPR and funds’ and programmes’ strategic plans.

Also there was call for:
  1. Several “practical suggestions” to avoid embarking on a complete overhaul of agenda items, while still ensuring that any overlap is not duplicative, and makes the UNGA agenda more “fit for purpose for our challenges.”
  2. Recognition that working on the same issue at different levels or by different entities does not necessarily amount to overlap or duplication.  
  3. There is need to safeguard “the essence” of existing mandates and functions.

The next meeting is scheduled for 11 April, and the co-facilitators welcomed input to determine the topics for discussion.

The outcome of the 6 March 2017 meeting once more provide evidence that UN Events set up to find answers to 2030 Agenda How questions end up avoiding or evading answer to How questions while over answering What questions and this include providing answer to What questions as answers to How questions. There is therefore urgent need for the co-Facilitators to ensure that the 11 April 2017 meeting and remaining meetings in this process provide clear and correct answers to How questions.

The UN System Delivery as One, DaO Initiative is over 10 years old. If National Leaders and World Leaders do not know why UN System DaO is not working, they will not know how to Reform the UN System to be fit for the 21st Century and in ways that ensure that UN System DaO will work and in ways that ensure 2030 Agenda Vision ambitions are achieved by 2030 target date in each Community in each of the 306/193 UN Member States.

It is pertinent to note that:-
1.       UN System is used interchangeably with UNO. The UN System goes beyond UNO to include WBG and IMF. UN System DaO therefore goes beyond UNO DaO to UNO, WBG, IMF DaO. It is clear that without achieving UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF DaO, it will be Mission Impossible achieving 2030 Agenda – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD Vision ambitions in each Community in each of 306/193 UN Member States. The implication is that achieving 2030 Agenda driven by UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF DaO calls for “Rethinking  Development, Diplomacy, Defense, Democracy, Data and Digitization - Research: Research, Planning, Statistics/Data; Implementation; Evaluation: Monitoring, Evaluation; Success: Learning, Results, Success Policy, Program, Project Interventions, 3PIs and 3PIs Training as One”.
2.       UN Member States are looking up to UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities for help to achieve 2030 Agenda in each Community in their Country but UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities themselves need help before they can be in a position to provide the type of help UN Member States desire and deserve.
3.       The 2016 TI Corruption Perception Index shows that World Corruption is worsening with 2/3 of 176 Countries Surveyed falling below the Index mid point. The TI Corruption Perception Index is itself Corrupt as it is based on subjective methodology and it addresses Bribe Takers without addressing Bribe Givers. Also the WBG Governance Indicators is corrupt as it recognizes Legal Corruption such as Lobbying and it places undue focus on Bribe Taking while turning blind eye to many of the remaining 16 commonly occurring forms of corruption.
4.       There is a need for one official list of UN Member States instead of the current two; there is a need for adoption of the list of 193 UN Member States as the only official list; there is a need for New Corruption Perception Index based on objective methodology for two lists – Bribe Takers and Bribe Givers in which all 193 UN Member States are surveyed.
5.       It takes two to tango. While many Developing Countries, including Nigeria are high on the list of Bribe Takers; many Developed Countries are high on the list of Bribe Givers including US, UK, France, Germany, Russia.
6.       There is need for Multi Stakeholder Partnerships / Platforms, MSPs as Force for Good and Lobbying as Force for Good.
7.       There is urgent need to convert existing UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities Study Reports especially WBG World Development Reports, WDR 2004 on Public Sector Management, PSM and its follow Up New PSM 2011 and 10 year review of PSM 2014; WDR 2008 on Agriculture; WDR 2014 on Risk Management, WDR 2015 on Attitudinal and Behavioral Change, WDR 2016 on Data and Digitization and WDR 2017 on Governance as well as Conferences and Meetings Outcome Documents especially AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD, Agenda 21 and HLM2 NOD into Vision and Words with ACTION; ensure full implementation of all Action Agenda Items with effective Monitoring and Evaluation of this Implementation as appropriate to each Community to Global location context.


https://ieg.worldbankgroup.org/blog/rethinking-evaluation-agility#comment-3288  Rethinking Development, Diplomacy, Defense, Democracy, Data, Digitization

8.       Achieving (1) – (7) greatly depends on selecting One Worldwide Approach to Benefits focused National and International Development Cooperation.
9.       Operationalizing (8) in Practice greatly depends on the appointment of Global Coordinating External Consultant and Global Coordinating Internal Consultant with minimum certain levels of Hard Competences: Learning and Skills and Soft Competences: Character, Courage, Discipline and Mindset to meaningfully support Community, Sub-national, National, Sub-regional, Regional and Global Stakeholders from UN Member States Governments: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary at all tiers; UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF Entities; CSOs/NGOs; Farmers and Processors Organizations; Private Sector: Micro, Small, Medium, Large and Multinational Enterprises; Academics and Researchers as they work jointly towards achieving 2030 Agenda within each Partners unique and specific location context.

The current situation wherein too many CSOs are antagonistic stakeholders focused on government flaws and failures must change to a new situation in which the greater majority of CSOs are Active Participants focused on working jointly with Stakeholders in remaining 6 Blocks on Global Goals – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans Action Agenda Items in ways that accomplish targets and on scheduled time.

To make this and related paradigm shifts, such as silos to synergy; business as usual to business unusual; parroting change to practicing change; academic research to development research greatly depends on effectively deploying competences identified above and in ways that effectively deploy Whole of Bank / Institution / Government / Community / Country / World Thinking to bear towards the sustainable solutions to Whole of Bank / Institution / Government / Community / Country / World Problems. This underlines need to recognize that Good Communication Strategy is not Razzmatazz and Sensation focused on Shadow but Connection and Understanding focused on Substance.

It is pertinent to note that many ECOSOC accredited CSOs are not aware of the Communication Resources available at UNDPI; that many of these CSOs that are aware, are not able to effectively utilize the Communication Resources due to Competences and Capacity issues and that many of these Communication Resources may not meet the unique Communication Needs of particular Communities in Specific Member States. This underlines the magnitude and complexity of the challenge facing UNDPI in the Design and Delivery of effective and efficient Global Goals – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD Communication Resources that help to effectively link each Community in each of 306/193 Member States to UN Headquarters New York and also help to achieve increasing convergence between Global Goals – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Agenda 21, Original PD/BD aligned and harmonized with Community and Country Development Plans in 306/193 Member States Vision Intention and Reality by scheduled target date.

We urge the UN Security Council Members and Developed Countries that can influence them to recognize that it is in their enlightened self interest to Drive Reforms to Create New Sub-national, National, Regional and Global Development Cooperation Systems fit for the 21st Century and the starting point is to revert to Original UN System Vision, Original Agenda 21 Vision and Original UNEP Vision as Foundation upon which Global Goals – AAAA, SDG, COP21, Original PD/BD Vision will be built. 

The answer to 2030 Agenda How questions is in the DOING and this is in Pilot Program and Scale Up Program.  This DOING could start from converting the UNSG Statement at his swearing in ceremony on 12 December 2016 into Vision and Words with Action; ensuring the UNSG regain lost time and deliver on responsibility to produce Report by end second quarter 2017 set out in Paragraph 19 QCPR 2016 and ensure New FAO End Poverty, End Hunger and End Malnutrition, EPEHEM Comprehensive Approach is adopted by each of the 306/193 UN Member States as each seek to achieve 2030 Agenda Ambitions by 2030 target date.

The co-Facilitators, UN Member States, SOs/NGOs and other Stakeholder Blocks participating in this process need to recognize that pour World is accelerating on MADning (Mutually Assured Destruction) Road to DOOM and achieving 2030 Agenda greatly depends on our World hanging to and accelerating on MAPing (Mutually Assured Prosperity) Road to BOOM.  There are Bright Prospects of Success, if National Leaders and World Leaders Chose Road to Boom and recognize that One Day delay may be One Day too late.

Our suggestion: UN Security Council Members and UN System take decision on the sustainable solutions set out in Statement to Informal Informal Consultations of 11 April 2017 and as soon as possible.

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to towards achievement by scheduled target date, of the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda, a once-in-a generation agenda that is truly transformative, visionary and inclusive, to guide our valuable efforts in the Global Partnership for World Sustainable Development.

Contact:
Lanre Rotimi - International Society for Poverty Elimination / Economic Alliance Group

nehap.initiative@yahoo.co.uk