As part of its efforts to accelerate progress towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, OSSAP-MDGs, Dr Precious Kalamba Gbeneol has announced that her office is organising a stakeholders’ briefing on the MDGs Acceleration Framework, MAF.
The stakeholders’ meeting which holds at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels in Abuja on Thursday, 17th January, 2013 will be chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo and will be supported by Governors, Ministers, Heads and members of the International Development Agencies and Civil Society Organisations.
Vice President Namadi Sambo is expected to deliver a keynote address at the meeting.
Presentations will be made by Dr. Precious Kalamba Gbeneol, SSAP-MDGs, Mr. Daouda Toure, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Nigeria, and Dr. Ayodele Odusola, MDGs Advisor, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, New York, who will be delivering a paper on plans to deploy the UN MDGs Acceleration Framework to Fast-track Progress Against the MDGs in Nigeria.
The MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) is a development mechanism developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with technical inputs and collaboration of other United Nations agencies. It is also supported by the DFID as a major partner.
The mechanism aims to support countries to accelerate progress in areas where efforts towards attaining the MDGs’ target are discovered as problematic.
A statement issued from the MDGs office indicated that “the MAF is a flexible, yet systematic process of analysing bottlenecks and identifying possible high-impact solutions to achieving a country’s MDG priorities, which has been endorsed by the UN Development Group. It leads to a concrete plan of action, with coordinated roles for the government, UN agencies and all other development stakeholders.”
The MAF briefing is expected to provide national stakeholders with a systematic approach to identifying and analysing bottlenecks that are causing MDGs to veer off-track or to advance too slowly.
“It then aims to generate shared diagnostics and to recommend comprehensive, collaborative and focused actions, based on prioritized ‘acceleration’ solutions. The singular objective of MAF is to help countries overcome slow and uneven progress and meet the 2015 MDGs deadline.” The statement said.
As an immediate plan, the MDGs office is applying the full MAF methodology to the attainment of Goal 5. MAF is expected to be applied to other goals subsequently.