Regional Webinars in Africa on Resilience and Recovery from Covid-19 Through Sound Policymaking / Strategic planning and foresight

Regional Webinars in Africa : Resilience and Recovery from Covid-19 Through Sound Policymaking 

Organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), through

its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG),

Resident Coordinators Offices (RCOs) and the

African Peer Review Mechanism


Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 8:00 – 10:00 am | Eastern Standard Time

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 3:00 – 5:00 pm | South Africa Standard Time

The abovementioned partners will hold a series of virtual workshops on how to promote resilience and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa through sound policymaking. The workshops will be held on different dates and virtually using the Zoom platform, and interested persons can register for this forthcoming one on Strategic planning and foresight in Africa in response to COVID-19 at

The workshops aim at developing the capacities of national governments to promote sound policymaking, with a particular focus on policy coherence, strategic planning and foresight and risk management. More specifically, the workshops will:

  1. Provide a platform to share knowledge on the strategies and guidance notes related to sound policymaking, which is one of the 11 Principles of Effective Governance for Sustainable Development. These Principles were developed by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and endorsed in 2018 by the United Nations Economic Council on Social and Economic Development;
  2. Increase understanding of how to effectively utilise the sound policymaking strategies for COVID-19 response measures;
  3. Link participants through peer-to-peer learning and create network opportunities; and
  4. Assist countries in identifying concrete activities and capacity development initiatives that can be undertaken with the support of the UN system and other organizations.

The workshops will be divided into plenary presentations and hands-on break-out groups. The break-out groups are intended to facilitate dialogue and discussion on how to enhance capacities for sound policymaking through the three strategies of policy coherence, planning and foresight and risk management. The workshops will be highly interactive and provide ample time for peer-to-peer learning.

The target audience of the workshops includes senior policymakers in centres of Government, ministries of finance, planning and public administration of Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa and Zambia who have requested capacity development support after workshops held in February 2021. Relevant United Nations organizations, regional organizations and professional and academic communities, and schools of public administration are invited to register and attend.

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Contact information

Ms. Adriana Alberti, Chief, Programme Management and Capacity Development Unit, DPIDG / UN DESA - E-mail:

Ms. Veronique Verbruggen, Senior Interregional Advisor, DPIDG / UN DESA - Email:

Ms. Sara Hamouda, SDGs & Agenda 2063 Expert, African Peer Review Mechanism - Email: