BACKSTORY

UZ CASS DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION TRAINING PROGRAM

Rapid movement of globalization since the early 1980 generated unforeseen trends which led to an unprecedented reconfiguration of global politics, a process which inherently gave birth to a multiplicity of theoretical challenges. Equally affected by this unprecedented reconfiguration was Sub Saharan Africa and the Developing world which was much located within the capitalist or alternatively socialist lagers, all essentially divorced from the historical specifics of development of these communities. Inability by the Sub Saharan Africa to keep in step with the demands of a viciously reconfiguring world politics among many other factors emanated from:

  • Absence of an immediate adaptive and comprehensive transformative capacity building development cooperation oriented programs for government ministerial staff [across ministries] in Southern and Sub Saharan Africa;
  • Absence of an immediate adaptive and comprehensive transformative capacity building development cooperation oriented program for parliamentarians in Southern and Sub Saharan Africa.
  • Dependency culture generated by capitalist – socialist alignments in which weaker nations of Sub Saharan Africa and the greater developing world were mainly under influence of the globally contesting political dispensations;
  • Pronounced absence of training on the theory and best practice of navigating the national cause in circumstances of a rapidly reconfiguring global village;

In this wave of reconfiguration of world politics, global community; regions; continents and nations adopted what they termed “strategic development frameworks” which even as they were being adopted on consensus, they still had ideological underpinnings in which still Southern and Sub Saharan Africa [and the developing world] remain prejudiced in the development and transformation process. Adoption of the transformative programs as the ZimAsset 2018; SADC RISDP 2020; Africa Agenda 2063; Post 2015 Agenda/ Agenda 2030 and the UNSDGs, all prejudicial outcomes of a heavily contested global village remained subject to the skewed impact of reconfiguring global politics. Being more of homegrown development strategic frameworks on local, regional, continental and global level, these instruments constituted a credible premise for transformative capacity building of government ministerial staff, diplomats and parliamentarians as the forefront runners for transformation and development in this critical phase of reconfiguring global politics.

As a credible premise, these instruments [ZimAsset 2018; SADC RISDP 2020; Africa Agenda 2063; Post 2015 Agenda/ Agenda 2030 and the UNSDGs] rationalize the practical strategic shift of “transformation frontiers” across all sectors of the economy locally and internationally, as ministries, ministry officials / staff; diplomats and parliamentarians maximize cross sector gains for their constituencies. Quite critical is the transformative capacity development on how to derive value from these instruments through:

  • Practical application of the development cooperation instruments in promoting strategic national development frameworks ;
  • Practical application of the development cooperation instruments in promoting cross - sector ministerial strategic development plans that are implementable in their ministerial constituencies;
  • Practical application of development cooperation instruments by parliamentarians in the integral cross - sector strategic development plans of their rural and urban constituencies;
  • Promotion of meaningful dialogue with other local and international counterparts on the practice of measurable cross –sector transformation of the rural and urban communities in step with the continually reconfiguring global village.
  • Practically contextualizing the transformative value of development cooperation instruments to the cross - sector rural and urban challenges of parliamentary constituencies;
  • Practically contextualizing the transformative value of development cooperation instruments to the cross - sector rural and urban challenges of ministerial constituencies within a harmonized integral national development strategic framework; comprehensive cross sector development plans and global development cooperation framework; and last but not least;
  • Facilitation of measurable industrialization, integration of rural and urban communities into national, regional, continental and global mainstream by taping in the transformative value of development cooperation programs.

Essentially, these state oriented cross sector transformative capacity building programs essentially divorce and practically reconfigure the transformative and development role of ministries, ministerial staff, diplomats and parliamentarians to become practical in understanding the value of development cooperation and its actual harnessing into programs on cross sector peaceful transformation of livelihoods in the rural and urban areas.

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