The year 2015 was a watershed year in global development as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) endorsed in 2000 with 8 goals, 21 targets, and 60 indicators came to an end, and United Nations Member States reached historic agreements to set global agendas to guide development priorities for a generation, and committed to eradicating poverty, fighting inequalities, building peaceful, inclusive, and resilient societies, and securing the future of the planet and the well being of future generations.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with: 17 Sustainable Development Goals; and 169 targets were endorsed by the Heads of State and Government at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, in September 2015.
At the heart of Sustainable Development Goals is the commitment to ensure that “no one is left behind” and that no goal is considered met unless met for all. As much as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a global development agenda, its implementation is local inline with national development plans and priorities. National ownership of the transition to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, inclusiveness, effective and efficient implementation and follow up and review mechanisms are crucial.
Leave No One Behind partnership is coordinated by CIVICUS (www.civicus.org), Development Initiatives (www.devint.org), and Project Everyone (www.projecteveryone.org). Africa Philanthropic Foundation is the national partner for the initiative in Tanzania.
The partnership has prioritised the poorest and the most marginalised people, and it seeks to: Examine: provide new data on who is at risk of being left behind, why and where; the dialogue will put a spotlight on the most marginalized groups and monitor progress on reaching those furthest behind first.
Engage: people in Tanzania including civil society activists, political leaders, government officials, and the wider public, through the creation of compelling content and telling the stories of those who are being left behind.
Empower: those who are currently at risk of being left behind and who may be marginalised to be able to speak for themselves. The partnership is currently being piloted in 15 countries including Tanzania.
Leave No One Behind National Consultation and Dialogue in Tanzanian context
Leave No One Behind pilot in Tanzania is divided into national consultation and national dialogue. National consultation for Leave No One Behind in Tanzania seeks to identify the marginalized and vulnerable groups that are likely to be left behind in development planning, implementation, follow-up and review in the Tanzanian context.
The national consultations are targeting both online and offline populations in Tanzania to gather views of the citizenry on marginalized and vulnerable groups that are likely to be left behind in the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development inline with Five Year Development Plan II (FYDP-II).
For online consultation we have already launched an online survey in swahili which has been circulated within civil society circles in Tanzania. The online survey form can be accessed through the following link:
Recognizing the limitations of online surveys, and taking advantage of mobile phone penetration in Tanzania in pursuit of wider inclusivity in the consultations, we reached out to GeoPoll East Africa for their services to conduct SMS survey on Leave No One Behind in Tanzania. The SMS survey will mainly be targeting rural populations with no access to the Internet.
The online and SMS surveys will be complemented by interviews of representatives from the identified groups, government officials, civil society leaders, and development partners in Tanzania.
A national dialogue on “Leave No One Behind” is scheduled to take place on 5th November 2016 in Dar es Salaam. The national dialogue will bring together representatives of the identified marginalized and vulnerable groups, civil society representatives from both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, government officials, private sector, faith based organizations, academia, think tanks, media, members of the parliament, and development partners. The findings from the online and SMS consultations will be presented to ignite the dialogue on Leave No One Behind in Tanzania.
Leave No One Behind National Dialogue is taking advantage of other civil society activities taking place on the week of 1st November 2016, including the national civil society dialogue on the constitution and dinner scheduled to take place on 4th November 2016. In efforts to leverage on available resources and to avoid unnecessary duplication, we are liaising with Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) to facilitate 50 Civil Society representatives from the regions and Zanzibar who are scheduled to participate in the national dialogue on the constitution to remain behind for an additional day to participate in the national dialogue on Leave No One Behind.
We want to capitalize in the power of story telling by documenting real life stories of marginalized and vulnerable peoples (Women and Girls; Indigenous peoples; Persons with disability; Young People; Farmers; Pastoralist Communities; Older people; Rural populations; Religion and ethnicity minorities;People Living with HIV/AIDS; and Trade Unions) through short videos documenting how they are being left behind in development planning, implementation, follow-up and review.
These short videos are going to be compiled into a short documentary on Leave No One Behind. A renowned Tanzanian video director Adam Juma has offered to help us to produce these short videos and compile them into a short documentary at cost. Moreover, recognizing the limitations of online survey in reaching the majority of Tanzanians, and capitalizing on the high mobile phone penetration in Tanzania, we reached out to GeoPoll to use their system to conduct a nationally representative SMS survey mainly targeting the rural populations with no access to Internet.