There are quite a number of national and international days celebrated in the remembrance and commemoration of issues as per sector or national courses. In the development world a number of these days are celebrated to put emphasis on certain issues affecting people globally or nationally though it’s still tricky to attach impact to these days. Having worked in the development sector for a while there is a feeling that Meaning has been lost FOR these days. Between January and March there were about 20 international days to commemorate and among these some of which you know and some you probably don’t. I bet all these celebrations had a good theme and a call for action to which certain commitments were made and supposed to be followed up. To this i feel very little is done year in and year out and we keep repeating the same mistakes. So is there value in celebrating these international days ? Comment and let me know what you think
International agreements have the right targets in place to take the first, most important steps towards attaining the MDGs for safe water and hygiene. The Monterrey Consensus urges developed countries to make concrete efforts to achieve a target of 0.7% of gross national product (GNP) as ODA to developing countries and 0.15‐0.20% of GNP of developed countries to Least Developed Countries (LDCs).It also committees developing countries to strengthen their policies and institutions, and to take the lead within their own development processes (OECD, 2002; UN, 2002; Danida, 2006). The Rome Declaration is the other which identifies the need to harmonize the operational policies, processes, procedures and practices of donor institutions with those of partner country systems to improve the effectiveness of development assistance and thereby contribute to achieving the MDGs.
It also provides practical guidelines on how donors can support country ownership by harmonizing their procedures to ensure aid effectiveness for water and sanitation. Even though this formulation is technically awkward, its intent is clear.