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CoST African members convene in Addis Ababa

Regional CoST Workshop

From 8th – 10th October 2019, CoST Africa members (Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Sekondi Takoradi – Ghana and Ethiopia) convened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for a three days long Africa Regional workshop.

The annual workshop enabled discussions on Infrastructure Transparency in Africa with 36 (7 Government, 7 Private Sector, 11 Civil Society and 11 journalists – of these 5 were female and 31 were male) participants from Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda; on the basis of recommendations formulated in the 1st Africa Regional workshop held in Malawi in November 2019, and the 2019 Managers workshop held in Bangkok Thailand; the Managers and MSGs identified issues that should be at the heart of the advocacy for a better infrastructure within the member African countries and at the continental level.

Besides, meeting and learning from each other, the workshop equipped Multi-Stakeholder Groups and Country Managers with the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to effectively manage, plan and deliver country programmes.

A summary of the workshop can be watched via

https://www.facebook.com/CoSTransparency/videos/459317468008876/UzpfSTEwMDAwMTQ5OTM2MzM0MToyNjAwMjQ3MjEzMzY4NTY1/

African countries are called upon to advocate for high-level political support and appreciation of the infrastructure transparency programmes in the respective member countries. This is important to influence transparency and disclosure using the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard, the Open Contracting for Infrastructure Data Standard and action on the recommendations from the assurance processed being conducted by CoST members.

CoST is growing in numbers and actions. During the workshop, it was great to learn that there is a growing interest for Infrastructure Transparency in Africa exhibited by the desire for more countries to join the Initiative, with Mozambique and Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis – Ghana joining the initiative in 2019, we are counting 6 CoST members in Africa.

Learning from the workshop, CoST MSGs and National Secretariats, the delegates committed to strengthen the governance, fundraising, communications and safeguarding of CoST interventions across their engagements. The workshop was facilitated by a team from the International Secretariat but emphasized a highly participatory approach to enable learning and knowledge sharing. At the end of the workshop, all delegates developed action plans to inform their engagements back in their respective programmes to further the Infrastructure Transparency agenda.

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