CSO Analysis of the Busan Partnership

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Civil Society Releases Analysis of Busan Partnership

Civil society releases its analysis of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (BPd) framed on the BetterAid’s Four CSO Key Messages and Proposals, also known as the CSO Key Asks.

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A: Fully evaluate and deepen the Paris and Accra commitments through reforms based on democratic ownership

Civil Society believes that the BPd does not adequately respond to the failure of all development actors – especially donors – to fully implement their commitments under the Paris Declaration (PD) and Accra Agenda for Action (AAA). The absence of concrete timelines and targets for these is a cause for major concern, and must be redressed fully in the post- Busan accountability framework.

Civil Society welcomes the BPd’s commitment ‘to deepen, extend and operationalise the democratic ownership of development policies’ and the reference to both country ownership and inclusive partnerships in the preamble. We remain highly concerned that the language on the private sector focuses too strongly on enabling its role: the private sector should also be made clearly accountable for a responsible contribution to development outcomes.

B: Strengthen development effectiveness through development cooperation practices that promote human rights standards and focus on the eradication of the causes of poverty and inequality.

Civil Society regrets that the underlying model of the BPd is private sector-led growth as the driver of development. The BPd makes only token reference to human rights as the basis of development, and its treatment of women’s rights and the decent work agenda is weak.

C. Affirm and ensure the participation of the full diversity of CSOs as independent development actors in their own right.

Civil Society warmly welcomes the BPd’s endorsement of the Istanbul Principles on CSO Development Effectiveness. We remain concerned that the BPd’s commitment to create an enabling environment for CSOs does not create an accountability framework that will enable CSOs to fight back against government abuse of freedoms. Nor has there been any reproach for governments which fail to recognize the right of CSOs, as development actors in their own right, to fully participate in the decision making processes which determine whether development is sustainable and respects human rights.

D. Promote equitable and just development cooperation architecture.

The BPd deferred the most important decisions about the accountability framework for commitments made in Busan (and the PD/AAA) until June 2012. We believe that an equitable and inclusive governance structure and an ambitious monitoring framework with both global and country indicators are vital for ensuring that all actors indeed fulfill their commitments going forward.