BetterAid's response to second draft HLF4 outcome document

Sat, 10/01/2011 - 00:00 -- content_manager02

BetterAid has submitted a response to the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-EFF) with respect to the Second Draft of the Outcome Document from the upcoming High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

BetterAid welcomes the new draft and language that continues to focus on:

Poverty reduction through the lenses of human rights, gender equality, decent work and disability.
Needs-based and demand-driven cooperation, country leadership, south-south cooperation and democratic ownership.
An enabling environment for CSOs as development actors in their own right.
Improvements on transparency, among others, through the inclusion of time-bound commitments with reference to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard.
Greater policy coherence for development.
Untying aid and strengthening predictability by 2015.
Favouring the broadest possible partnership and the re-affirmation to implement in full the actions agreed under the Paris Declaration (PD) and Accra Agenda for Action (AAA).

Yet much more needs to be done to make the final BOD a strong and significant agreement for effective development.
We are concerned with the current expression of the idea of development effectiveness in the BOD text, which, upon further scrutiny, is vague and lacks a comprehensive rights-based approach to development.
Similarly, we are concerned by the overly state-centric approach in the BOD draft, for example, in the section on fragility and conflict.
Furthermore, growing inequality, being one of the major challenges for the current development model, is not addressed adequately.
As civil society we are convinced, which we believe other members of the Working Party share, of the fundamental importance and added value of the multi-stakeholder approach to development which should be used to model the proposed Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness. As such, in revising the outcome document, BA calls on the WP-EFF and Co-Chairs to address the following concerns:

Time-bound targets for PD/AAA and BOD implementation
Development effectiveness framed by human rights and democratic ownership
Moving beyond PD and AAA through minimum standards for an enabling environment for CSOs
Moving away from state-centric approaches in political contexts of state
Tackling growing inequality
Enabling a truly inclusive global aid architecture by adopting inclusive multi-stakeholder processes and structures.