The structural adjustment programs have shaken Africa states affecting in particular the delivery of basic social services. However, with the advent of reforms in achieving development goals came the openness for civil society participation in validating policies related to poverty reduction.
Civil society has an undeniable role in African development hence the need for CSOs to map and assess their participation to effectively influence and monitor public policies.
Civil society in Niger held a Consultation entitled ATELIER DE RESTITUTION DU 4ème FORUM DE HAUT NIVEAU DE BUSAN last 14-16 June 2012 to discuss the results of the Fourth High Level Forum in Busan, South Korea and the opportunities available to civil society Post-Busan.
One of the key result of the Consultation is a CSO Declaration stating CSOs commitment to the Post-Busan process to further strengthen the principles of development effectiveness. It also expresses their support to the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (BPd).
As negotiations for a Post-Busan governance structure and monitoring framework were finalized last Friday in Paris, civil society expressed deep concern over the process undertaken by the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-Eff), the multi-stakeholder forum responsible for leading global processes that produced the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), Paris Declaration (PD) and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (BPd).
Two key CSO-led activities will be featured during the week of the WP-Eff Final Meeting next week:
A. Multi-stakeholder Consultation: Lessons in CSO Policy Dialogue
The CSOs, through BetterAid, are organizing a multi-stakeholder consultation entitled Lessons in CSO Policy Dialogue: BettterAid, Open Forum and country level experiences Informing the ways forward towards the Global Partnership on 27 June 2012 (Wednesday), 14:00-17:00h at Salle D, Chateau OECD.
BetterAid is launched the Documentation Report today, 27 July 2012, entitled CSOs On The Road From Accra To Busan: CSO Initiatives to Strengthen Development Effectiveness. This report highlights the experiences of civil society and their journey from Accra in 2008 to Busan in 2011. It describes processes at the global, regional and country-level, both official and CSO-led, that shaped the discussion and agreements at the Busan High Level Forum. It also reveals the hindrances and challenges met by CSOs in ensuring democratic process towards development effectiveness.