The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the challenges associated with the lack of inclusive growth and development globally. In many African countries, the pandemic has resulted in widening economic and social inequalities threatening the attainment of SDGs and the Agenda 2063. This calls for a new paradigm in development planning and implementation, leveraging technology for inclusive and meaningful citizen participation.
Regional and national policy makers, civil society and the digital innovation ecosystem will present their expert views and invite a diverse audience to share their insights and experiences to • assess current and emerging opportunities for leveraging technology in development planning and implementation; • demonstrate the value of multi-stakeholder partnerships in developing digital tools for citizen engagement; • demonstrate the added value of digital tools to leverage the science-policy-society interface; and, • identify challenges impacting on the success of technology-driven approaches and proffering policy and practice solutions.
More specifically, the event will provide an opportunity to share the concept for the AU Citizen Engagement Platform, envisioned as a digital space with requisite digital tools for the provision of a comprehensive interactive platform for citizens and citizen groups to access information, interact and meaningfully engage governance and socio-economic policymaking processes of the AU. As part of this, the Platform will be leveraged for the participation of citizens in the development of the 2nd ten-year-plan of the implementation of the Agenda 2063 and the SDGs – which will be a novelty and major step ahead in achieving inclusive regional-level development planning.