16:00 – 17:30
2015 is a significant milestone for global development. In addition to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) there have been international talks on Financing for Development and keeping global warming below 2°C.
The concept of glocalisation came to the fore in the 1990s and came to describe the nuancing of established global brands to enable their entry to particular national and local markets. In 2015 the term takes on new salience for development practitioners. The SDG agenda stresses the importance of translating international agreement into national and local actions but there has been less said about the ways and means of making this happen.
The glocalisation of international agendas raises fundamental questions about the power relationships between the local and the global: Do international commitments erode national sovereignty? Can international agendas be delivered without proper consideration of the local economic, social, cultural and political context?
Paul Heads the Secretariat of the Africa Platform (ACP), a Pan African Platform working with societies, governments and businesses across Africa to rebuild the Social contract and re-establish society as the source of state legitimacy and the final authority to whom all development actors-businesses, development partners-are accountable. In this capacity he is responsible for brokering relations between the governing and the governed, the development actors and the beneficiaries, and society and businesses, to strengthen state legitimacy and accountable development.The Africa Platform works primarily with Civil Society and societies in post conflict countries across Africa.
He has engaged actively on establishing the cenrality of state society relations through various platforms and at various levels, including with the Global International Coalition to Ban Land Mines, The World Economic Forum, The International Dialogue on Statebuilding and Peacebuilding, the Africa Union and NEPAD agency, East Africa CSOs Forum and East Africa Parliament; and currently as one of the core civil society team supporting African governments on development and implementation of Global Policy processes and the Africa Union Vision 2063.
He has engaged at senior level and written extensively on State Society Relations, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and an Africa-driven development agenda. He has written widely on Social contract, State Society Relations and on the politicization and donor capture of Civil Society.
Paul sits on the Global UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee, the UNDP Regional Program Advisory Board for Africa, the Global Executive Committee of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuiding (CSPPS) as well as on the Jury of the Civil Society of the Year Awards. He is also a former Member of the Board of the International Society for Third Sector Research-Africa as well as the Steering Group of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.
Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso is the Director of African Monitor (AM), a continental body set up to act as a catalyst to monitor development resource commitments, delivery and impact on the grassroots, and to bring strong additional African voices to the development agenda.
AM’s current strategic focus is to advocate for improved economic opportunities for Africa’s grassroots communities so that they can independently generate their own livelihoods. Ms. Mniki-Mangaliso also served as Head of the Secretariat for the Africa CSO Working on Post-2015, a network of over 100 African CSO that have been collaborating to develop a framework reflecting the consensus position emerging out of CSO consultations in Africa, in a way that is inclusive, transparent and open. The African CSO Working Group has been an important part of the UN HLP outreach process, ensuring that the voices, aspirations and perspectives of Africans are incorporated into the new development agenda.
Prior to taking up the position at African Monitor, Ms. Mniki-Mangaliso was the Head of Secretariat for the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. She is a development activist with extensive experience in starting and managing development-focused organisations working in Africa. As a development activist, she has extensive technical skills in policy analysis, research and advocacy. She is passionate about human rights, Africa’s development agenda and grassroots involvement and participation in their own development trajectory. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a BA Honours, and an MBA.
Shantal Munro-Knight, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) will chair the Climate Resilience in Small States session. Her involvement at the highest levels of global climate discussions and status in the global discourse around Small Island Developing States make her well placed to guide the discussion.
Ranja Sengupta works as Senior Researcher with the Third World Network (TWN) in New Delhi. Her earlier work spans agricultural policies, globalisation, poverty and inequality. Her current work is on global trade and investment policies and their impact on development priorities in the South. She has tracked and analysed the negotiations on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Financing for Development process. She is the Co-Chair and the NGO representative in the Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (RCEM), a civil society initiative to strengthen voices from the regional civil society and grass roots in engagement with the UN on sustainable development.
Tahere Si’isi’ialafia’s Baha’i of Samoa is a board member of the Pacific Youth Council and has represented the UN Major Group for Children and Youth at several high-level international meetings, including the 58th Commission on the Status of Women.
Tahere graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and a Masters in Social Work at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She has been involved in community development especially with children and youth all her life through her Faith-based activities and has worked as a caseworker and coordinator for a youth-led social work NGO called Really Make A Difference (serving socially deprived young people in squatter settlements) for two and a half years in Fiji.
In 2013 she was elected as an Executive Board Member of the Pacific Youth Council (PYC) which is a regional youth-led NGO platform for the interests, needs and development of young people in the Pacific Region. She has been representing Pacific young people at national, regional and international events and especially in the various Post-2015 agenda processes with the key aim to promote a global understanding of issues affecting young people in SIDS and at the same time foster cooperation and collaboration with all relevant youth development partners to promote engagement with young people. Her most recent participation and involvement is with SIDS as a PYC representative with the UN Women's Major Group (WMG) and as an Organising Partner for the UN MGCY with the role of facilitating the work of MGCY and coordinating the training activities in the various UN processes.
Additionally, she is on the Advisory Board for the international Young Feminist's Fund. Advancing Youth Development is at the heart of her interests, and her ambition is to ensure that the voices and concerns of young people from SIDS are not only heard, but are also reflected in the various UN and Commonwealth global processes.