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Donor and partner governments need to implement and deepen their current aid effectiveness commitments. In addition, new commitments are needed from all stakeholders in order to operationalize the notion of development effectiveness, and to promote a more equitable and just development cooperation architecture.

Brian Atwood, DAC Chair and Bert Koenders, Co-chair of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP Eff) encourage trade unions to engage in local development policies and take their place in the international development fora.

60 trade unionists from around the globe, including a large representation from Africa and Latin America and from South Korea, together with representation from Europe and North America, gathered at the OECD Conference centre in Paris for a three day consultation on Development Effectiveness from 8 to 10 of March 2011.

Brussels, March 23. Days after officials at the OECD made plans towards the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), more than 80 representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) from across the globe gathered in Sweden to develop their own strategy for the forum.

African civil society organizations met in February to discuss their key messages to the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectivess in Busan, Republic of Korea, in November/December. Effective use of development aid is crucial in Africa, where nearly 50% of the population lives on less than USD 1.25 per day.

The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (HLF4) in November is a critical moment for the future of development cooperation. It is a chance for the development community to not only assess the progress it has made against the Paris and Accra aid reform commitments, but also to build upon them by agreeing to bolder and more comprehensive reform of development cooperation in order to maximize its support for the world’s poorest people.