Local NGOs prepare for TICAD

SHARE   |   Monday, 30 May 2016   |   By Keitebe Kgosikebatho

The president of the Civic  Commission of Africa Maungo Mooki has implored local civil societies to take advantage of Botswana’s current clean image and maximise in canvassing for support and funds for their projects. Speaking during  a consultation meeting, aimed at consolidating  civil society  position paper  on the  Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD) VI which was hosted by Botswana Council Of Non Governtment Organisations (BOCONGO) on Monday, Mooki bemoaned that although local civil societies like others in the continent had challenges often lagged behind in seeking assistance from international entities like TICAD. Mooki challenged local civil societies to be more proactive and assume the watchdog role for the betterment of their communities. According to Mooki with the positive global ratings that are still under Botswana’s wing local NGOs are better placed to win the trust of international aid organisations and donors and they should thus take advataage of  it.

Meanwhile some of the key priority areas that the local civil society discussed and will constitute the contents of their position paper include industrialisation/economic development, health (water & sanitation) human security and environment (climate Change). The government  of Botswana will in the near future  begin its preparations  to attend  and participate  at the TICAD ministerial  meeting to be held in Banjul on the 16th to 17th June 2016 and the Nairobi; August 2016 TICAD VI summit. Issues raised by the civil society  in their  position paper will be taken to the TICAD VI summit. TICAD is a conference held regularly with the objective "to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners." Japan is a co-host of these conferences. Every meeting is led by Japan, and co-hosted by the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC).

In principle, invitations to attend TICAD are extended to all African heads of state and governments, as well as international organisations, donor countries, private companies and civil society organizations. Until TICAD V, the summit-level meetings were held every five years in Japan. From 2016 onwards, the TICAD will be held every three years, hosted alternately in Africa and Japan. TICAD VI  will be held in Nairobi; Kenya. TICAD started  in 1993 and has over  years  of history. It is pioneering forum for African development. Its distinctive  elements  process include  among others an open and inclusive forum built on the twin principles of Afriican ‘ownership’ and international ‘partnership’. It mobilises  global support for Africa ‘s development  by promoting  continuous dialogue, partnership, voluntary initiatives among a wide range of actors.TICAD also engages multiple actors  such as governments, international and regional organisations, business sector and civil society organisations (CSOs). The summit will be held under the theme; Advancing Africa’ss development agenda with TICAD-partnership for prosperity.