Ojamoong: We Are On The Right Track In Localization Of SDGs

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By Reuben Olita

Busia Governor, H.E Sospeter Ojaamong has joined African countries in rooting for localization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a bold new global agenda aimed at ending poverty by 2030.

In his contribution delivered by Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi during a round table session of the the 9th Africities Summit in Kisumu titled: Multiply the efforts and reports of local authorities for the localization of the SDGs, the Governor said there is need to build capacity of the County Assemblies and Executive on the goals.

The Governor who represented the Council of Governors (CoG) acknowledged that Kenya has embraced a societal and government approach in implementation
and tracking of SDGs.

“Strong partnership has been emphasized between both the county and National governments that include other arms like legislature and judiciary, private sector, Civil Society Organizations, Development partners, UN Agencies,
Media and Academia.

He added: ” SDGs have been localized in Kenya by aligning the national and county plans. Institutional framework for coordination of SDGs implementation has been developed through establishment of SDGs unit at the Council of Governors, appointment and training of SDGs Champions across all the 47 Counties to support mainstreaming and tracking of implementation.

He noted that Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) have emerged as a mechanism for Sub-national governments to report on localization, building on their communities’ experiences and practices and involving their population in the achievement of the SDGs.

H.E Ojaamong told fellow panelists and audience that the County Government of Busia has been implementing Sustainable (SDGs) and Vision 2030 through a multi-stakeholder approach system by designing programs that advance the three dimensions of SDGs namely: Economic Growth, Social Inclusivity and Sustainable Environmental Protection.

Data from the KNBS report for 2017 placed the county at a poverty index of 67.6.

The county was ranked by The World Bank for two years consecutively as the best
county with the Ease of Doing Business (World Bank Report 2016).

It has also been ranked as second in improving health services and the third fastest growing economy.

Busia County has embarked on the development of its second VLR report for 2022 focusing on SDGs 4,5,14,15 and 17. This process will draw from the lessons in the first VLR process.

H.E Mulomi said county governments in Kenya like other local authorities in the continent face challenges of resources, noting that counties currently receive 15 percent of the national budget with plans to scale it up to 35%.

Sanzhie Bokally Thierry from the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa ( UCLG-A) lauded the County Government of Busia for introducing Wardbased projects, urging other governments in Africa to increase funding to local authorities.

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