Agenda 55 voluntary peer review on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Vision of Agenda 55
Drawing from Voluntary National Peer Review, Agenda 55 is designed to represent the number of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Northern Ghana (Northern, Upper East, Upper West, North-East, and Savannah).
The vision of agenda 55 is therefore “to institute a coordinated evidence platform for enhanced response to SGBV at all levels in Northern Ghana”
This vision will be realized through the below purposes
- Co-create with government an annual evidence generation platform on protecting girls against SRGBV
- facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of policies that address SRGBV.
- The agenda 55 also seek to strengthen implementation of policies, institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships in response to the Sustainable Development Goals.
As an evidence platform, Norsaac will work with “agenda 55 support team” for implementation. The team shall hold responsibility for effective execution of the vision of agenda 53 through meetings, reflections, engagements as well as resource mobilization to sustain the initiative.
The Agenda 55 support team will be made up of.
Norsaac – as the brain behind the idea, Norsaac shall lead resource mobilization and planning processes for implementation. It shall ensure strong sense of safeguarding in the processes and outcomes.
National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) – as a mandated institution that prepare broad national development plans, it is important for this institute to guide the formulation of indicators for Agenda 55 as well as support in monitoring the implementation and response to these indicators. A representative of NDPC would be part of a team to ensure effective execution of the initiative.
Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) shall laisse with the Department of Gender (DoG) at the regional level to support the implementation of the initiative. They shall relate with other indicators within the department/ministry that need to respond at the national level.
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has a mission to ensure good governance and balanced development of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Areas and thus, would serve a link between the team the MMDAs to ensure adherence to the review process.
The agenda 55 support team shall be responsible to define a scientific methodology for the annual agenda 55 voluntary peer review. The support team to be led by NDPC shall define indicators for the annual peer review. Such indicators shall take cognizance of existing indicators and ensure complementarity.
Agenda 55 Launch
Agenda 55 was successfully launched in Tamale on the 29th November 2022 at the Nim Avenue Hotel where participants from state institutions, youth-led groups and CSOs graced the occasion. There were presentations from resource persons followed by a panel discussions and then an open forum for discussions on possible ways of strengthening collaboration to make this agenda a success.