MP’S SDG INDICATORS WILL HELP SENEGAL TO FORMULATE AND EVALUATE DECISIONS – DR. NIANG
MP’s CEO, Dr. Amadou Ibra Niang has said that the validation of the SDG indicators for the region of Diourbel “offers a unique prism through which decisions can be formulated and evaluated”.
Dr. Niang made the statement following the validation of the SDG indicators for the region of Diourbel by MP experts and several other national partner institutions at the MP head office in Dakar on 17 July 2018.
The validation is part of the implementation of the partnership between Millennium Promise (MP), the University Alioune DIOP of Bambey (UADB) and the Network of Sustainable Development Solutions (SDSN).
This workshop follows the several weeks of works carried out by MP's technical committee in the region of Diourbel in order to retain the localizable indicators of the SDGs in the region.
During the workshop, the experts examined the localizable indicators for measuring the SDGs retained in the Diourbel region to actors at the national level with a view to ensuring harmonization of processes and indicators at local and national level.
The other local partner institutions which attended the event include the National Program for Local Development (PNDL), the National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD), the Directorate of Water and Forests, Hunting and Soil Conservation (DEFCCS) and the Economic Policy Coordination and Monitoring Unit (UCSPE) of the Directorate General of Economic Policy Planning (DGPPE).
In their contribution, the representative of the Ministry of Finance and Planning shared the results of their work on the indicators in relation to Senegal’s economic blueprint called ‘Plan Senegal Emergent’ or PSE.
These indicators were selected taking into account in order to make the PSE a long-term project while ensuring its smooth and coherent planning both vertically (from the national to the local level) and horizontally (between the different entities at the local level).
For this to be achievable, it is imperative to have a dynamic database in which relevant and reliable data is stored, produced regularly and usable by all development actors and decision-makers operating in various sectors and at different levels while taking into account the priorities of the PES and the SDGs.
At the end of the validation workshop, all of the experts agreed to use the new indicators obtained from the Diourbel region to enrich the list of indicators and to validate the final document at a meeting to be held at a later date.
The validation will go a long way for the establishment of an information system in the Diourbel region, the MP experts said at the end of the day-long validation workshop.
The technical working group further said that the system will provide data and information generated from an SDG baseline derived from localizable indicators that will reflect the socio-economic situation of the territories, their characteristics, and their potential.
This information will enable policymakers and development actors to target their interventions according to specific gaps in relation to the SDGs.
The advances resulting from this project will allow a better implementation of the decentralization process in Senegal, the experts said.
The decentralization process in Senegal has led to fragmentation and overlapping of powers between local authorities and the increase in number of development plans using different types of information.
The decentralization dynamic has also divided the country into 14 regions, 45 departments and 123 districts (sub-prefectures), 599 local governments, 42 departments as decentralized entities and 557 communes.
Senegal has 14 million inhabitants with an area of 197 000 km².