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Paul Okumu

Head, Secretariat, AfricaPlatform (ACP)

Paul Heads the Secretariat of the Africa Platform (ACP), a Pan African Platform working with societies, governments and businesses across Africa to rebuild the Social contract and re-establish society as the source of state legitimacy and the final authority to whom all development actors-businesses, development partners-are accountable. In this capacity he is responsible for brokering relations between the governing and the governed, the development actors and the beneficiaries, and society and businesses, to strengthen state legitimacy and accountable development. He has engaged actively on establishing the centrality of state society relations through various platforms and at various levels, including with the Global International Coalition to Ban Land Mines, The International Dialogue on Statebuilding and Peacebuilding (www.pbsdiaolgue.org) and the g7 plus Group of Conflict affected states (www.g7plus.org)), the Africa Union and NEPAD agency, East African Parliament; and currently as a Core member of The Africa Working Group, a core team working with African Governments and UN agencies at the Global, Regional and National Level to ensure coherence and accelerated implementation of the Africa Union Vision 2063, Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and national Vision plans. He was among the small team that provided support to Africa Governments during the development of the Africa Common Position on Post 2015, The Intergovernmental Processes on Agenda 2030 and the integration of Agenda 2030 with Africa Union Vision 2063. He has led a pioneering engagement on State Society Relations and The Social Contract, especially in Post Conflict States and Emerging Democracies. Paul sits on the Steering Group of the Global Civic Engagement Charter, UNDP Regional Program Advisory Board for Africa. He is an immediate Member of the Global UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee, Board of the International Society for Third Sector Research-Africa, Civil Society Platform on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding as well as the Steering Group of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding He has worked and written extensively on Civil Society ,Politics and Politicization of AID and Development, State Society Relations and The Social Contract, and Implementation of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. He is a founder of the Kenya Social Investment Forum.