Tanzania: Financial hurdles cripple AU policy on post-conflict reconstruction

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Acute financial challenges continue to cripple efforts of the African Union to implement its Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) Policy, though the AU Commission has developed operational guidelines for adoption of the policy at regional and national levels.

According to the Commission Chairperson's new report on these efforts, "the non-establishment of key mechanisms within the PCRD architecture has negatively affected the implementation of the PCRD Policy."

The AU Commission on Wednesday released the Third Progress Report of the Chairperson on the AU's Efforts on PCRD in Africa, which, among other issues, observed that the policy  implementation requires a reflection on its effectiveness and impact on attaining the goals of ‘Silencing the Guns by 2020’ and ‘Agenda 2063’.

Successful implementation of the Policy, the report suggested, "requires the active engagement of regional economic communities (RECs), regional mechanisms (RMs), civil society, private sector and other relevant stakeholders, in order to take advantage of existing resources, mechanisms, processes and synergies.

"Owing to their proximity to and knowledge of countries emerging from conflict, the regional economic communities/ regional mechanisms (RECs/RMs) are well placed to serve as the regional focal points for PCRD.

"The experience gained so far demonstrates that in the early recovery post-conflict context, peace strengthening projects and quick impact projects are effective tools for consolidating peace, reconstruction and development efforts and bringing visibility to the actions of the AU on the ground," the report explained.

The AU adopted the PCRD Policy in 2006 as a strategic and operational framework for coordination of activities among the diverse actors within the PCRD architecture.

But it took 10 years before the Commission’s Inter-departmental Task Force on PCRD was inaugurated on 18 May 2016, to ensure effective Commission-wide coordination of strategic PCRD Policy guidance and implementation.

The Task Force, which includes representatives of the RECs/ RMs to the Commission, has resulted in an improved degree of coordination and coherence between the various directorates in the Commission, the report said.

It indicated that the establishment of the Task Force has to a large extent responded to the rationale for the proposal to relocate the PCRD Unit from the Peace and Security Department to the Bureau of the Chairperson.

The report, however, noted that the location of the PCRD Centre, which is a major element of the PCRD architecture, remains unresolved while the Commission awaits the outcome of bilateral consultations between Egypt and Uganda on this issue.

"Without prejudice to the outcome of the consultations, there is a strong imperative for the Centre to be established without dividing its functions," the Chairperson's report underlined.
  
Also, the report observed that the  AU’s relations with the RECs and other partners requires a well-thought out strategy and resources to support the implementation of PCRD activities in a coordinated manner.

"Understanding PCRD as a solidarity-based African peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and political accompaniment process in order to sustain peace will assist greatly in the unity of efforts among the broad range of actors involved in peace-building on the continent," it observed.

To ensure the full implementation of the PCRD architecture, policies and decisions of the AU organs, the Commission has recommended that Member States should be encouraged to work toward the establishment of inter-ministerial committees or other appropriate follow-up mechanisms on PCRD at the national level.
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29 march 2017 18:34:25




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