BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
THE recent weeklong civil society workshop about developing a powerful policy position on corruption and good governance have prepared civil society organisations (CSO) to take the anti-corruption message to regional leaders.
This was according to the recent news release of the national CSO networks across the nation.
The three key solutions and recommendations the national CSO network have agreed to carry forward, which they will be advocating for at the regional level in the lead up to this year’s Pacific Island Forum (PIFs) leaders meeting, are; To develop mechanisms to monitor the regional good governance framework in terms of monitoring agency and include support budget for the implementation of the agency action plan, to develop regional anti-corruption convention of a document that summarises the PIF Forum Governance framework and the United Nation Convention on Anti –Corruption (UNCAC).
Also an accountable gender and youth budgeting of 20% fixed gender and youth accountable national budgets across pacific countries.
Moreover, key themes such as corruption, good governance and indigenous rights have also been identified to be advocated at the national and regional level as well.
Additional the weeklong workshop have created a space for CSOs to better understand regional framework and spaces to be able to bring their agendas to the leaders’ platform for political commitment.