What's Next After Busan?
The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was one of the high points of the long advocacy of civil society to promote development effectiveness. More than 300 CSO representatives from different regions, representing sectors and themes, showcased their diverse areas of expertise and made their strong presence felt throughout the HLF-4. CSOs participated in the negotiations of the Busan Outcome Document, co-organized official thematic sessions, prepared mini-debates in the Knowledge and Innovation Space, and lobbied in the corridors of the Bexco Convention Center. We all heard the strong messages of Antonio Tujan and Emele Duituturaga, BetterAid Co-Chair and Open Forum Co-chairs respectively, that the outcomes of the HLF-4 should reflect the priorities of developing countries and their people and called for the attention of governments on their duty to see to it that international commitments, especially those guaranteeing fundamental rights, are respected in both law and in practice. We learned that the new architecture, espoused by the key outcome of HLF - the Global Partnership for Effective Development, will be in transition on the first half of 2012. By the middle of this year, it is expected that the monitoring mechanism and operational plan of the Global Partnership will be in place.
As things move in transition, civil society continues to lobby and claim their right as development actors in the development effectiveness arena. Instead of pausing for a break, civil society celebrated their success in the HLF-4 by sustaining the momentum gained in Busan. You will find below updates of some of the key undertakings of civil society during the first half of 2012.
Post-Busan Global CSO Meeting
On 21-23 February 2012, CSO representatives met in Cebu, Philippines to discuss strategies and build on the gains made in the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan. Organized by BetterAid and the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, the Post-Busan Global CSO Meeting involved nearly seventy key CSO representatives from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America, as well as, representatives from the ICSOs, sectoral and thematic groups. The meeting was consultative in nature, designed to capture the diversity of opinions across the CSO community. During the three days, participants had meaningful discussions on challenges and priority areas as CSOs define the next steps and pursue engagement with key actors in the context of the Global Partnership for Effective Development. The Post-Busan Global CSO Meeting Report will be available soon for circulation. Other reference materials of the meeting can be found here.
Post-Busan Interim Group (PBIG) and WP-Eff Consultations
To concretize the Global Partnership for Effective Development, an interim group, called the (Post-Busan Interim Group) is tasked to establish the machinery to implement the Global Partnership. The PBIG is a representative group from donor and partner countries, including civil society, represented by Antonio Tujan and Mayra Moro-Coco, BetterAid Co-Chairs. UN and OECD serve as the PBIG secretariat. The first PBIG meeting was held in Paris last 13-14 February 2012 to discuss proposed structures, building blocks and monitoring under the global-light, country-heavy principle. The PBIG agreed to meet for three more meetings culminating in the WP-Eff meeting in June 2012.
National-level CSOs Continue Engagement Post-Busan
1. The francophone CSO community will convene in Cotonou, Benin for a Post-Busan workshop titled The Regional Francophone Workshop on Post Busan Challenges for CSO on 28-31 March 2012 (tentative). The workshop intends to provide an opportunity to feedback the results of the recent HLF4 with francophone CSOs. Specifically, this activity aims to:
Give a feedback on Busan results and disseminate useful information and documentation;
Exchange information on the arrangements for monitoring and implementation of the HLF4 conclusions and commitments at national and regional levels and to adopt a roadmap;
Sensitize the media and public opinion on Busan Partnership Agreement and the commitments take by various stakeholders for an effective development cooperation;
Prepare francophone CSO's participation in the next UNCTAD XIII.
The regional francophone workshop is sponsored by Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations). For more information, contact Aurelien Atidegla at email@example.com.
2. The AID Group Cameroun, the national CSO Platform on aid and development effectiveness in Cameroun, released a report on their participation at the Fourth High Level Forum in Busan. Cameroun CSOs were represented in the official delegation of the Government of Cameroun led by Ministry of Economy, Planning and Land Use (MINEPAT). The report provides a narrative of the preparatory process underwent by CSOs in Cameroun as run-up to Busan, as well as recommendations of how the Busan agreements should be reflected at the country. To sustain the momentum they have gained in HLF, the AID Group Cameroun has been in consultation with the government through the MINEPAT and participated in a Post-Busan Symposium initiated by the Committee of Multi-Partners in Cameroon. To read the AID Group Report and their Post-Busan Plan in French, please click here.
3. RODADDHD, the national network of CSOs in Niger, will collaborate with UNDP-Niger and the Ministry of Plan to conduct restitution this March to disseminate the key outcomes and agreements of HLF4 to a broader CSO constituency in the country. The discussion will focus on the assessment of the Busan Outcome Document, the entry of BRICS and the private sector in the development agenda, and the rights-based approach to development cooperation. RODADDHD was the CSO representative of Niger at the BCSF and HLF4 and had been leading the engagement of CSOs in official dialogues on development effectiveness.
4. CECIDE, the CSO representative of Guinea at the BCSF and HLF4, initiated the drafting of a CSO-led plan Post-Busan. The CSO-led plan aims to promote democratic ownership and identify possible challenges under the new international partnership agenda. CECIDE organized a multi-stakeholder consultation in Conakry pre-Busan to advance CSO positions and strengthen partnership with the government and donors, particularly with the Ministry of International Cooperation and EU. Post-Busan, the CSOs plan to expand future consultations to involve parliaments, private sector and academe and increase the knowledge and participation of CSOs based in the eight administrative regions of Guinea. To read the CSO-led Plan in French, click here.
Additonal Resources for CSOs
CSO Development Effectiveness Toolkits. Article 22 of The Busan Partnership for Effective Development "encourage CSOs to implement practices that strengthen their accountability and their contribution to development effectiveness, guided by the Istanbul Principles and the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness". If you have not done so, we encourage you to download the Implementation Toolkit and Advocacy Toolkits for Development Effectiveness which aim to guide NGOs, grassroots organizations and other people's groups to put the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness into practice in their local contexts. The toolkits are available in English, Spanish and French and can be downloaded at http://www.cso-effectiveness.org/-toolkits,082-.html.
HLF-4 Resources. The participation of CSOs at the HLF4 provided a rich resource of CSO reflections and positions on issues related to development effectiveness. A collection of speeches, reflections and presentations made by CSOs at the HLF4 can be accessed here.