From 14-15 June 2017, CAPSA- UNESCAP participated in the “the 3rd Annual Aid & International Development Asia Summit” held in Nya Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The forum focused on exchange innovative and sustainable solutions for improving aid delivery and development strategy in Southeast Asia. The two-day forum brought together of about 200 senior decision maker delegations from regional governments, UN agencies, International and regional NGOs, investors, donors, businesses and the private sector. The forum offered unparalleled opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and debate to bring escalating issues of disaster relief, food security, access to healthcare and use of mobile technologies to the forefront of regional agenda.
Through the head of office – Mr. Masakazu Ichimura, CAPSA made a contribution to the panel session on Innovation and Programme for Improving Rural Livelihoods. Firstly, it shared its relevance to the 2030 agenda and SDGs of which promoting the key policy at the highest level. SDGs distinct features are one result of Global Democracy (bottom-up /participatory), Universal, Undividable, Interlinked, No more sectoral approach - integrated thinking, Working together - Get out of Silos, and Built-in FUR Process to ensure no one left behind. The improvement of rural livelihood itself captured in almost in all SDGs (1-17) and therefore CAPSA stressed that to improve rural livelihoods is needing holistic and synergetic approach that are visionary thinking, integrating into national development planning, institutions for overall inter-ministerial coordination, broad-based socio-economic policy instruments and aligned sectoral policy instruments.
The programmes for improving livelihood within CAPSA perspective require approaches of Policy Research and Advocacy; on How sustainable agriculture contribute to other goals?, analysis on best practices and success factors, compendium of win-win policy monographs, Capacity-building Support via Regional workshop; on having policy options to accelerate transition to sustainable agriculture (e.g. tech innovation), measuring and maximizing multiple benefits of sustainable agriculture, methods for monitoring policy Progress, etc. Knowledge Sharing and Mutual Learning; Regional Knowledge Resource Network (website, policy / technology databases, e-forums, Knowledge materials (Monthly Policy Update, Working Papers / Fact Sheets / Policy Briefs), and promote Regional/South-south Cooperation.
Related to improving livelihood programmes, CAPSA also shared the ongoing initiatives of which include the project of An Integrated Rural Economic and Social Development Programme for Livelihoods Improvement in the Dry Zone of Myanmar (LIFT funded project 2015-2017). With the strategy of facilitate a series of initiatives from knowledge-sharing to development of scalable actions that promote sustainable agricultural development for livelihood improvement, it had achieved its output by provided analytical reports, implemented capacity building events highlighting policy process and partnerships as well as established knowledge resource network.
Further presented initiative was the ESCAP programme on Widening Access to Energy through Pro-Poor Public Private Partnership (5P funded by UNDA/IFAD, 2012-2017) with the approach of a flagship business model developed by ESCAP to provide energy services to rural communities through public private partnerships. Along with the energy services, community involvement and rural development is at the core of the 5P model. Pilot projects have been implemented in Nepal and Lao PDR and utilize locally available renewable resources through solar mini-grid or micro-hydro technologies in order to provide communities with sustainable and environmentally friendly energy services.
As a conclusion CAPSA emphasized a way forward for achieving livelihood improvement; (i) to continue ESCAP interventions through regional cooperation with analytical and convening power also mobilizing political will with visionary thinking (ii) Changes that are happening in AP region is indications of positive results at national level. It includes; Awareness of officials and stakeholders, Institutional development in progress, Policymaking capacity strengthened, Dialogues intensified and Aligned sectoral / cross-sectoral policies emerging, last but not least (iii) Transition to sustainable development/sustainable agriculture path yet to be showcased through a new/alternative development paradigm and vision of sustainable urban/rural communities.
CAPSA and NAG delegations in ‘the 3rd Annual Aid & International Development Forum Asia Summit-Myanmar’
14-15 June 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Reporter: Fitria Rinawati