The achievement of SCP requires tacit knowledge and capacity to implement various programmes, innovations and policy instruments. It is becoming increasingly clear that SMEs in most countries require technical assistance and financial assistance. We are glad to share with you that in Zimbabwe several consulting organisations have been playing a key role in helping to mainstream aspects of SCP within business strategy, policy and innovative programmes of companies in Zimbabwe. We will be sharing the case studies of Toxiconsol Consultancy t/a African Sustainability Consultants on this forum. The role of government need strengthening by service providers who are capable of disseminating and upscaling SCP concepts. The key questions that have arisen are especially focused at how genuine some of the service providers are and what challenges they are facing?. If you are a service provider or consultant of SCP services what challenges are you actually facing? What should we then do to ensure that this group of sustainability stakeholders is strengthened in order to ensure that their activities have impact
Dear Twanda Collins,
Thank you very much for your questions and for posting the case studies of Toxiconsol Consultancy. This is really of great interest for all members and network. We are looking forward to reading and learning more about the SCP development in Zimbabwe.
I will share these questions with my colleagues of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production. They might be very interested in sharing experiences with you.
Thank you very much and hope to hear soon more from you and your projects!
thats a very interesting post with some good points.
Getting back to your question, some of the challenges are the following:
Bringing different actors with different interests on one table. Aligning their interests and finding common practices which will be supported by the different actors.
When working with one actor (e.g. business), they sometimes refer to other actors which hinder them in striving for SCP (e.g. policy, customers).
So its important to create structures and processes to bring those different actors together, make them work together to have a common vision and an interest in supporting each other SCP-goals.
Interesting what you mention!
I was curious about one of your questions ("The key questions have arisen That are focused Especially at how genuine some of the service providers are")
What do you mean with genuine service providers? Is it something to do with the intention?
Thanks Lucas for your feedback. It is very important for service providers in the field of SCP to deliver good quality services whether they are consultants, research institutions, NGOs or independent consultants. In developing countries we are seeing several of these carrying out operations. I am one service provider offering services in Zimbabwe.
From our experiences we are seeing some opportunists coming on board with unscrupulous intentions to shortchange clients. Basically a service provider should not only be interested with the commercial gains of doing SCP projects but should be willing to execute satisfactorily. In my country starting this year there is now a system of accrediting service providers offering various SCP services including an assessment of their institutional capacity, technical capability and experience.
If it is in the case of running big continental, regional and national projects what we believe really works is the engagement of capable institutions which can coordinate a network facility, capacity building and other project activities. Such an approach limits project failure.
My sentiments are not to discourage engagement of external technical assistance but to help enhance the quality and promote value addition for the benefit of the client.
In procurement of services companies are now urged to implement selection criteria which at times is also now inclined towards Sustainable Public Procurement
Service providers remain an integral stakeholder towards upscaling SCP
You are absolutely right.
Here in Colombia we have seen a curious phenomenon: we have in our legislation, a mechanism similar but not equal to suing the government to ensure civil rights. Similarly we have other mechanisms such as the "Enforcement Action", "Popular Action", "Referendum" among others.
Although it has been very useful for protecting rights as the right to a healthy environment, sometimes this is a lucrative opportunity for some people or other legal counselors to make money from these legal actions, whether the environment gets protected or not.
For this, as you mention, government have established control mechanisms, oversight committees, international observers, among others, seeking to ensure that the highest possible quality.