FOLLOW-UP AND REVIEW
The recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development make provision for an open, inclusive and transparent follow up and review process in the implementation of the SDG’s, where all stakeholders including youth, can actively participate. Efficient and effective delivery of the 2030 Agenda depends on a strong results-based monitoring framework, informed by beneficiary feedback from intended beneficiaries of development. In Africa youth participation in data generation, monitoring and review is particularly important, given that the majority of the intended beneficiaries are youth. Youth can play a lead role in data generation and its use to inform the delivery of the global goals, thus accelerating effective implementation of the SDGs during the 15-year delivery period.Furthermore, the weak state of official data in Africa also calls for strong additional systems to compliment and supplement existing data. Most of the available data has been supply driven (produced by governments) with significant time lags. Youth-driven data offers the possibility of timely and relevant data that can inform decision making.
African Monitor’s programme on Data, Follow-up and Review aims to enhance monitoring and review of the 2030 Agenda through the generation and use of timely youth-driven data on key youth-targeted indicators. AM’s flagship project for youth-driven data is called Voice Africa’s Future.
VOICE AFRICA’S FUTURE (VAF) YOUTH CAMPAIGN
VAF is an African Monitor initiative in partnership with youth organisations and networks that are working on Agenda 2030 in 7 African countries (Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia) to enable youth involvement in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. This includes monitoring the implementation of the agenda through National Development.
Plans and holding political leaders accountable in specific and measurable ways. In each of the countries, youth champions are supported by data clubs to develop their skills on data literacy, monitoring, data analysis and accountability.