In a world where hunger remains a pressing issue, the mission to achieve Zero Hunger (SDG 2) is of paramount importance. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, civil society organizations (CSOs) continue to play a critical role in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in addressing hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture.
A study by the International Institute of Social Studies highlights the lack of diversity in the types of civil society organizations engaged in SDG processes. Organizations that are part of the aid system, typically urban and often international or based in donor countries, are at a clear advantage. This leaves out a wide array of local, traditional, and informal CSOs, such as community-based organizations, co-operatives, or village associations, failing to tap their unique knowledge, expertise, and areas of influence.
The vision of a global society for sustainable development encompasses inclusivity, collaboration, and the harnessing of collective knowledge and resources. To achieve this vision, it is essential to create an enabling environment for CSO engagement in the SDGs by promoting adequate legal and regulatory frameworks and offering effective support to civil society organizations beyond the "usual suspects".
Governments and donors have a crucial role in making SDG processes more inclusive. By setting up common SDG funding pots, creating effective national platforms for dialogue among donors and civil society organizations, and adapting funding mechanisms and requirements, it is possible to facilitate the participation of a broader range of civil society organizations in SDG processes.
Achieving zero hunger is a collective responsibility that requires the active participation of all stakeholders, including civil society. By creating an enabling environment and providing adequate support, governments and donors can facilitate effective CSO participation in SDG processes, paving the way to a world free from hunger.
Source: OECD Development Matters
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