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In late June 2010, the second biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) took place at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.

What is the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF)?

The DCF is a body mandated by the UN General Assembly (GA) at the 2005 World Summit. It is one of the new functions of a strengthened Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and works to support and enhance the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals (IADGs), including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This feature is based on AWID’s recent Friday File interviewing Anne Schoenstein and Natalie Raaber from AWID who attended the UN DCF in New York this June. It has been adapted and updated by BetterAid for the purposes of this website. You can access the original Friday File here.

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness commits donors and partner countries to increase efforts in the harmonization, alignment and management of aid for results, with a set of monitorable actions and indicators. The Accra Agenda for Action builds on these commitments. The Working Party on Aid Effectiveness’s 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration follows previous surveys conducted in 2006 and 2008, and will be critical in determining whether the targets set in the Paris Declaration for 2010 have been met.

An article by Joel Brinkley published on 8th August in the International Herald Tribune looks at aid efforts in Haiti following the earthquake earlier this year, and concludes that "If the world wants to help Haiti, aid officials should put aside that Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The donors should decide what to do with their money. The Haitian "government" can have no more than an advisory role, or nothing will ever change."

Collectif des Organisations pour la Sécurité Alimentaire et le Développement Rural (COSADER), based in Cameroon, in collaboration with AID GROUP Cameroon, will organise a workshop on aid effectiveness for civil society organisations (CSOs), 28th August in Yaoundé.

See the details below: