Securing the Sustainable Development Goals in Community Based Economy

The importance of financial services to the poor, or “Microfinance”, has been internationally recognized as a means not only to fight poverty but also to bring peace, in October 2006, when the Nobel Prize was granted to Mohammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. “Lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. [Microfinance] is one of such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights”, were the words to announce the Prize.
However, financial services available to the poor remain very limited, above all in Africa. Best practices and solutions are known, but the challenge is to bring them into widespread use. The challenge is to develop inclusive financial markets whereby the poor have access to the whole set of financial services. Microfinance will reach the maximum number of poor clients only when it is integrated into the financial sector. Download the full report here:

Advocacy to Strengthening CSOs Partnership in Policy Implementation and Monitoring of People Oriented Agricultural Development in Gwagwalada Area Council of Federal Capital Territory

Since the formation of the African Union (AU), African governments have developed and adopted several instruments in the form of protocols, conventions, treaties and declarations. By January 2015, they had adopted 49 protocols and even more declarations covering issues that are pertinent to Africans’ lives such
as food security, heath, water and sanitation, education, children’s rights, youth issues, democracy,
governance, economic development , infrastructure just to name a few. These instruments were developed on behalf of Africans and if implemented would make a tremendous difference in African citizens’ lives.

The big challenge is that there is low and slow implementation of these declarations and in some instances none at all. As such, there is a huge gap between these continental promises and the reality Africans face every day. In addition, African citizens are not even aware of these continental promises so they cannot claim their rights and hold their governments accountable on their delivery. Their implementation at national level will have great impact on the development, fundamental freedoms and human rights enjoyed by African citizens. Concerted public pressure and united political will are needed at both continental and national levels to make the benefits of implementing AU instruments and policy standards a reality in the lives of ordinary citizens. Download the full report here:

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