Civil society organisations from across the world launched a new development effectiveness platform in Brussels on June 21, at an event organised by Concord and Civicus.
Why the need for a new platform?
The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation marked a shift from “aid effectiveness” to “development effectiveness” and reflected a new focus on addressing poverty reduction and factors affecting development, such as human rights, participatory democracy, social and environmental justice and sustainability, gender equality, decent work, sustainable change, and peace and security.
The changing nature of development also reinforced the need for non-aid-based development relationships. The CSO Partnership is an executive member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and has structures in place to engage governments and donors, as well as other sectors, such as labour and faith-based organisations.
The new platforms key asks to its development partners
• Maintain advocacy efforts in the spirit of the CSO Key Asks to Busan. The Rights Based Approach to development and especially democratic ownership and the enabling environment for civil society remain at the heart of the CSO Partnership’s mission;
• Strengthen the focus on development effectiveness in development cooperation. This requires addressing the root causes, as well as the symptoms, of poverty, inequality (in particular, gender inequality and women’s rights), marginalization, injustice, and disability;
• Hold new donors accountable to Paris, Accra and Busan in their development cooperation. Advocate that emerging donors and governments engaged in South-South cooperation implement the principles of Paris, Accra and Busan, and do not undermine, but contribute to the human rights of all people;
• Challenge the mainstream notion of economic growth and the private sector as the drivers of development and articulate alternative approaches in keeping with the CSO Partnership’s vision and goals. The Busan Partnership Document retains economic growth as the framework for development while excluding a comprehensive human rights-based approach, vision and policy framework to hold business to account and to promote decent work for all;
• Influence new areas of work as they arise through the Global Partnership, in keeping with our vision, values and goals.
The CSO Partnership will continue to mobilise, outreach and advocate around these key asks to influence the changing architecture and understanding of aid and development effectiveness.
• The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Busan, Korea, arrived at a crossroads in the context of international development cooperation. Over 3,000 delegates met to discuss how to maintain the relevance of the aid effectiveness agenda in the context of the evolving development landscape. The forum culminated in the signing of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation by ministers of developed and developing nations, emerging economies, providers of South-South and triangular co-operation and civil society – marking a critical turning point in development co-operation.
For Justin Kilcullen, European representative of the new CPDE:
“The European Union as the world’s largest donor, providing more than €53billion in 2012, can have a major impact on the development of poor countries by implementing the Busan commitments. This will provide better value for money both for taxpayers and for recipient countries. By participating in the new CPDE platform, European civil society can hold the EU to account on these commitments. At the same time, European civil society must ensure that it meets its commitments under the Istanbul principles.”