Social Inclusion: Validation workshop of the results of the evaluation on the degree of social inclusiveness of public policies in Burkina Faso
The workshop that will bring together about forty participants, on October 23rd 2013, in Dakar, will share and validate the results of the evaluation of the degree of social inclusiveness of public policies in Senegal, launched on the 11th June 2013. The use of an earlier workshop allowed determining of the methodology used for this evaluation.
Organized by the UNESCO Office in Dakar together with the National Commission for UNESCO of Burkina Faso, the Ouagadougou University, and a number of other partners, the evaluation of Burkina Faso’s public policies is part of a larger inter-regional project implemented by the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO in 9 countries around the world, including 3 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal).
Funded by the UNESCO emergency funds, this project aims to ensure the strengthening of national capacities in the countries concerned, evaluating, comparing, and helping to reform national and local policies - as well as the regulatory framework for the application of the latter - in order to increase the inclusive dimension of these policies, especially in regard of women, and to achieve social sustainability.
In Burkina Faso - as in all other countries where evaluations are being conducted by teams of multidisciplinary experts - the ultimate goal is to allow policies and regulatory frameworks to be harmonized, to facilitate an inclusive society that guarantees equal opportunities for all.
Hence, the main outcomes of the workshop to be held in Dakar, on the 23rd October 2013 are:
• The sharing, enhancement, and validation of the results of the evaluation of social inclusiveness of public policies in Burkina Faso by all stakeholders;
• The formulation of a series of recommendations to strengthen the dimension of inclusiveness in Senegalese policies which are to be communicated to the highest authorities of the State to ensure an effective implementation.
Thereafter, the government and the key actors of the definition and implementation of public policy process - including NGOs and rightholders associations - should receive technical support and advice for the operationalization of recommendations that have been validated collectively, to ensure that the policy formulation and planning processes are socially inclusive.
Building inclusive societies is indeed a necessity and a long-term commitment to the entire international community, especially for UNESCO who have this issue as one of the priorities of its Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Programme in 2012-2013.
On 1st October 2013, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, John Ashe, called on members of the United Nations to "agree on a new global development strategy with pillars for economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection."