ATPS Hosts the 2014 Regional Sustainable Development Transition Series Africa Workshop
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) in collaboration with SDPlanNet partners from Latin America and Caribbean region, and Asia & Pacific regions, host a regional workshop on: “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through transformative governance practices and vertical alignment at the national and sub-national levels”,March 3-5, 2014, Hilton Hotels, Nairobi Kenya.
The three-day workshop convened approximately 30 government planners, policy-makers and experts from across Africa, and experts from elsewhere to advance a community of innovative practice and create a knowledge base and capacity building agenda for national and sub-national strategy-making, planning and implementation. This effort is designed to begin preparing countries for delivering the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Workshop Format and Methodology
The format for the three-day workshop is as follows:
- Day 1: Training Day on Key Competencies for Sustainable Development
- Day 2: Working Session to Explore Innovative Planning and Implementation Practices of the Future, Assess Current Practice, and Clarify the Gap
- Day 3: Working Session to Articulate a Capacity Building Agenda for Innovative Planning and Implementation Practices at the National and Sub-national Levels
The workshop give participants the opportunity to experience sustainable development - the guiding principle of Development Cooperation - as something tangible. The workshop centres around the skills that inpiduals, networks and organisations need if they are to be able to implement sustainable development in an increasingly complex world. These skills and competencies include:
- Systems thinking
- Ability to make decisions and act within complex systems
- Developing common visions and strategies
- Communication, cooperation and team work
- Leadership and change management skills
The conference used various methods to ensure effective participation by all stakeholders:
In contrast to many conventional events, this workshop places the complexity and process dimension of sustainable development in the foreground. Innovative methods were be used to create a highly intensive learning situation in which participants learn from their own experiences. Experiential experiments and computer-aided simulations and role-plays quickly reveal the “trouble spots”: competition, pergent interests, communication and cooperation blocks, and the difficulty people have in assessing the consequences of their own actions decades down the line.
In concrete real-life situations, participants will required to plan, make decisions, and take action. You will need to be far-sighted, work as part of a team, and find solutions that are economically successful, ecologically sound and socially equitable: a challenge one should confront that will enable one learn a great deal about the features of sustainable development.
The methodology of the training will include interactive lectures using visual aids, participatory questions and answers, and practical exercises that enabled participants to experience complexity and acquire the skills required to deal with it.
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