The Lesotho Council of NGOs Economic Justice Coordinator Mr
Sekonyela Mapetja attended the Regional Poverty Observatory CS
Steering Committee meeting in Johannesburg on 12-14 November 2014.
The SADC Regional Poverty Observatory (RPO) was established in
August 2008 to contribute to the SADC goal of reducing the number
of people living in poverty by 50% before 2015.
The objective of the meeting, which was hosted by the SADC
Council of NGOs and involved representatives from 7 member
countries, was to establish a Civil Society Poverty Observatory
Steering Group Committee which will report on the progress of
the observatory towards its mandate and objectives.
Agenda items also included how best to encourage
multi-stakeholder participation in policy dialogue and
to decide the most effective way to disseminate information
to the public in order to gain maximum support.
The meeting endorsed the role and contribution that the SADC
Council of NGOs plays in coordinating the poverty observatory
and acknowledged the need to develop a common definition of
poverty. Each state will compile a poverty profile, which
will provide a detailed description of the relationships
of poverty. Member states agreed to send a participant
for training on the Multidimensional Index on Poverty in
March 2015 in order to build on their knowledge and enable them to move forward more effectively.
The RPO steering committee will now report to the council of ministers rather than the SADC secretariat.
The delegation from Lesotho was made of Mr Sekonyela
Mapetja and Mr Retselisitoe Pulumo from the Ministry of
Development Planning. Mr Pulumo is a member of the 25 member
SADC Steering Committee and is also the Chair of Lesoth's Poverty Observatory Committee.