FOR more than two years, the Nigerian government has been striving to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015.
However, given the scope and ambition of the SDGs, it is clear that government alone cannot achieve the agenda. Those in authority will need the broad involvement of other stakeholders, such as the private sector, the public and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Indeed, the CSOs serve as one of the key drivers of the SDGs process in Nigeria.
It is against this background that in this edition of SDGs Monitor, we are focusing is on the role of the CSOs in localising the SDGs in Nigeria. In our well investigated reports, we highlight how some leading CSOs have been partnering with the Nigerian government to ensure effective implementation of the global goals in the seven selected SDGs we are closely monitoring. The selected SDGs are:
• No Poverty: SDG-1
• Quality Education: SDG-4
• Gender Equality: SDG-5
• Decent Work and Economic Growth: SDG-8:
• Reduced Inequalities: SDG-10
• Climate Action: SDG-13
• Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions : SDG-16
Basically, our reports capture the collaborative synergies between the government and the CSOs in the implementation of these seven critical goals.
However, the process of gathering information for the reports was not quite smooth-sailing as some of the CSOs who were initially enthusiastic and pledged to furnish SDGs Monitor with information on how they are strategically partnering the government to drive the SDGs in Nigeria, later reneged on their promise. We found it rather astonishing that some of the CSOs we had contacted for inputs could not respond to our questionnaire meant to gather information on what their various organizations were doing to drive the SDGs.
But our team of crack reporters were undaunted as they tapped their various CSO sources to deliver this edition through well investigated reports in line with our knack for robust journalism practice.
Also in this edition, we feature in our star interview, Dr. David Tola Winjobi, National Coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD). The seasoned human rights activist, gender analyst and community development consultant sheds light on how the CSOs are complementing the efforts of the government to mainstream the SDGs in Nigeria. Happy reading.
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