The GIZ Support for Decentralization Reforms Program in Ghana and the Good Governance Program in Kenya, both part of the Agenda 2030 Implementation Initiative by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), partnered with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and the Governments of Kenya and Ghana to organize a joint peer learning workshop for partners engaged in SDG implementation and monitoring from both countries to:
a. Share their experiences in the area of SDG monitoring
b. Learn from the experiences of their counterparts; and
c. Engage in a technical cross-country exchange.
The workshop aimed to enable in-depth learning and provide participants with the opportunity to develop hands-on knowledge and skills, share concrete examples, build networks, and provide solutions that they can apply back in their respective countries. It deliberately included people in technical roles who support SDG monitoring and implementation on a day-to-day basis in their organizations. This two-and-a-halfday event was the starting point in developing a regional learning and exchange mechanism that aims to involve more countries across the region. It aligned well to GPSDD’s strategy around connecting partners (in-person or virtually) to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and create incentives for collaboration and cross-country partnerships around data for SDGs. It also aligned well with GIZ Kenya and Ghana programs on SDG monitoring, the critical role of complementary sources of data, and connecting multiple stakeholders.
The event brought together 32 participants from both countries across national and local government, civil society, and private sector. Participant feedback demonstrated the event’s success and we envision more opportunities for fostering peer-topeer exchanges across countries on SDG monitoring. This report summarizes the conversations that took place during the event, including the lessons shared and the agreed next steps for this collaboration.