The Tonga Strategic Development Framework 2015-2025 is an overarching framework to ensure Tonga's sustainable development. Civil society plays a key role in it's implementation but requires engaged interaction with government.
How are we helping
Supporting CSFT to monitor the implementation of the Tonga Strategic Development Framework and build the capacity of civil society organisations to ensure government's accountability to the Plan and its international commitments.
About the project
The Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT) is collaborating with government and the private sector to monitor the implementation of the Tonga Strategic Development Framework, ensuring civil society actors are better informed, better coordinated and better able to engage with government in a structured and productive way.
With an emphasis on the priority areas of climate change and local governance, the CSFT is mapping alignment between the priorities of civil society and government, and undertaking a comparative analysis to ensure the Tonga Strategic Development Framework aligns with commitments made in international treaties. By building the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) in data collection, research and monitoring and evaluation techniques, CSFT is ensuring civil society can make a credible contribution in helping government to implement the Tonga Strategic Development Framework to its full potential.
By the end of the project, it is expected that engagement between civil society and government will have promoted the framework’s implementation and the sustainable development of Tonga. CSOs should be better informed on issues of climate change and local governance, and better equipped to play a monitoring role alongside government. There will also be a clear process established for CSOs to provide constructive feedback to improve processes of engagement and policy dialogue.
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The Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT), established in 2000, is a national umbrella organisation of CSOs in Tonga. It represents civil society organisations and coordinates their activities in Tonga, playing a key role in building their capacity. It also serves as the National Liaison Unit for the Pacific Island Association of NGOs. The forum enjoys the recognition of government as the main coordination body for CSOs. As a result of this recognition, CSFT is able to represent civil society in political spaces on national committees appointed by government.
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