The Civic Commission for Africa (CCfA), jointly with the SDGs Kenya Forum, JCNT, UNDP, Government of Kenya, IPPF, AU-CIDO and PACJA organized a two-day workshop on 9th – 10th in Nairobi, Kenya as part of the effort on sensitization stakeholders on TICAD VI.
The workshop was intended to sensitize particularly the civil society in Africa on TICAD VI and strategize on effective participation. It therefore attracted participation from different civil society organizations from different African countries representing youth, women, persons with disabilities, international NGOs operating in African countries. There was representation from Japanese civil society, led by JCNT, which has been instrumental in the effort to create space for civil society organizations in TICAD since 1993. The workshop alsohad representation from the private sector, the UNDP, the AU and the government of Kenya
The meeting focused generally on the TICAD process and particularly how to engage in the TICAD VI. The Ministerial meeting scheduled for 16th – 17th June 2016 in Banjul, Gambia was considered a good opportunity for civil society organizations to strengthen their participation in TICAD VI. To this end, the workshop‘s discussions centered around the three main pillars of TICAD VI which are:
The main outcomes of the workshop were geared towards the Ministerial meeting as it was considered crucial to the nature of resolutions that would be adopted at the TICAD VI to be held later on 27th – 28th August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the period leading to TICAD VI, CCfA and the civil society in Japan shall continue to work closely with other stakeholders in order to create favourable conditions for effective participation of the civil society during the Conference and even thereafter.