Making development cooperation architecture just: Governance principles and pillars

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 00:00 -- content_manager02

A new discussion note from civil society platform BetterAid calls for a radical change in the international development cooperation and global governance system, based on a new approach focused on development effectiveness rather than aid effectiveness.

The paper launches during three days of multi-stakeholder meetings in Seoul, South Korea, on the development architecture. Outcomes from the event will feed into the process towards the Fourth High Level Forum on aid effectiveness in South Korea in December next year.

The paper gives a useful digest of the history of development architecture, detailing ‘The evolution of a failed model’, and goes on to give a 12 point checklist for a just development cooperation system.

In the paper, the BetterAid Coordinating Group envision the following key pillars of a just development cooperation ‘architecture’:

• A new international legal framework will enforce a harmonization of respective policies, efforts and approaches in promoting international development cooperation;

• The UN’s relevant charter bodies (including subsidiary organs), treaty bodies and various specialized agencies will be the legitimate key actors in the system. This will ensure the enforcement of a rights-based approach to development, highlighting women’s rights, gender equality, labor standards and the decent work agenda;

• The DAC will refine its mandate to focus on its original functions — mainly monitoring aid flows;

• The IMF and World Bank will review their mandates and objectives to be based on a genuine commitment to social justice and increased international cooperation. Their programs and policies will be monitored and reviewed by an inclusive and democratic body under UN auspices.