Africa in 2030: Responsive States, Empowered Citizens Findings from Citizen-Driven Workshops on the Post-2015 Framework held in 13 African Countries
The 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws ever closer. A range of stakeholders are mobilising to formulate their successor. Should the post-2015 framework build upon the MDGs, correct their failings and genuinely confront the most important challenges in sustainable development today, then it is essential that those with the power to decide its contents are hearing the opinions, experiences and solutions of those most affected by poverty. With this in mind, ACORD held 45 citizen-driven workshops in 13 different countries across the continent, reaching over 4,500 people. The idea was to harness the power of the African citizen; to privilege their position as agents in their own development. The workshops triggered debate and discussion in some of the most remote and marginalised communities in Africa today, with citizens reflecting on the challenges they faced, and their ideas for how they want to see change take place. This report seeks to synthesise the findings from these workshops and makes a series of recommendations on how the successor framework can reflect the views and ideas of African citizens on these issues.