The city of Busan, Korea’s second largest city, brings the metaphor of the “East Asian Tiger” to life.

Ouverture du Forum Mondial de la Société Civile

Le Forum Mondial de la Société Civile, événement préparatoire au 4ème Forum de Haut Niveau sur l’Efficacité de l’Aide, s’est ouvert ce matin à Busan, Corée du Sud. Cet événement international, réunissant près de 600 participants issus de toutes les strates de la société civile internationale, est organisé par KOFID, la coalition Better Aid et le Forum Ouvert sur l’efficacité de Développement des OSC (organisations de la société civile).

Post from Nora Murad from Dalia Association

Traveling from Arab Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to Brussels to Munich to Seoul to Busan, it did not feel like a very small world, despite what they say. Upon my arrival, I sat down and introduced myself to an Indian woman and an African man and asked them about their work. After telling me about their environmental NGO, it turned out they were in Busan for a different meeting—not the Busan Civil Society Forum! Again, I was reminded that it’s not such a small world after all.


Posted in Oxfam Blogs by Gideon Rabinowitz

The next couple of weeks see big international conferences on aid effectiveness (Busan) and climate change (Durban), providing a chance to take the temperature of the multilateral system. Here Gideon Rabinowitz of the UK Aid Network assesses the prospects for Busan.



The Fourth High-level Forum on aid effectiveness will be held in Busan, Republic of Korea, from November 29 to December 1, 2011, in the midst of a historical phase that the Arab region is passing through, which is changing the political, as well as social and economic context and realities of various countries in the region. The forum will be the first stage in the aid effectiveness processes, involving civil society organizations as a full partner. The Busan Forum will include an evaluation of the Paris Declaration and of Accra Agenda.

Post from Nora Murad, Dalia Association, published on 22nd November 2011.

Posted on 22 November 2011 in

By Daniel Puglisi

On 14 November we challenged the EU’s common position that it will take to the Busan aid summit.

Development NGO’s are concerned that the position is weak and lacks concrete proposals.

Post from Olga Kozhaeva, Open Forum, and Phoebe Simon, GCAP, published on 15/11/2011.

The upcoming 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), 29 November – 1 December in Busan, South Korea, will be the first time that Civil Society Organizations will take full and equal part in important negotiations on development cooperation alongside governments and donors.

Post from AWID published on 11th November 2011 in

The Maputo Protocol is a ground-breaking women’s rights legal instrument that expands and reinforces the rights provided in other human rights instruments. The Protocol provides a broad range of economic and social welfare rights for women. Importantly it was produced by Africans and pays attention to the concerns of African women.

Post from Social Watch published on Fri, 2011-11-11 in