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International development cooperation “is and must be regarded as a  global public good” and with full participation of the civil society, according with the contribution of a thousand Latin American and Caribbean organizations to the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that will be held next week in Busan, South Korea.

The statement of the civil society organizations reads as follows:

Our core target as a region

This week’s high level forum on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, could see a radical and welcome shift in the approach to aid for fragile and conflict-affected states, establishing peace as a key foundation for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. But after Busan, will the agenda be defined in a way that ensures ordinary people enjoy greater security and more peace, asks Larry Attree?

Posted on December 3rd, 2011

In contrast to the rather mild weather that characterized the first two days of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), the final day was met with a cold, rainy morning – gloomy to be sure, pathetic fallacy maybe. After all, the final day held the promise of a new Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and participants descended on Bexco – the HLF4 venue – eager to see how the final act would play out in Busan.

Busan Global Civil Society Forum concluded yesterday while civil society looks forward to a new beginning of the development discourse with governments and donors at 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), starting tomorrow Nov 29 and until Dec 1 in Busan.

As 500 representatives from civil society meet in Busan for the Global Civil Society meeting (twitter hashtag #BCSF), setting the scene for next week's summit on better aid, there was much talk of how the Busan summit could do for the private sector what the Accra summit did for civil society: include them formally in the “recipe” to eradicate extreme poverty.

Even as the 5th draft of the summit outcome document was still being debated, some already drew their own conclusions. Tony Blair, for instance, wrote in the Washington Post about the end of overseas aid.


The long awaited Busan negotiations on aid and development have started today for civil society ahead of the official 4th High Level Forumnegotiations on 29 November - 1 December here in South Korea.

The Global Civil Society Forum opening plenary this Saturday 26th of November gathered some 500 CSO representatives from around the world and across thematic sectors for a 3-day meeting of final deliberation and strategizing. On November 29th, 300 of these representatives will go on to participate in HLF4.

If there is one issue that seems to bind civil society organizations together – that could make or break the outcome of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) – it is the issue of “enabling environment.”

De vlucht was lang maar keurig op tijd, via Munchen en Seoul kwam ik net op tijd aan in Busan voor de eerste bijeenkomst van de stuurgroep van het Open Forum, de “GFG” (Global Facilitation Group). Er stonden nogal wat procesmatige zaken op de agenda, waaronder de eerste discussie over de voortzetting van het CSO Effectiveness proces na Busan.

Written by  Justin Kilcullen, CONCORD President. This blog was reposted from the AidWatch blog:, and was featured on the OECD’s Busan blog:

What should the European Union, the world’s biggest aid donor, aim to achieve at Busan?

Posted in Oxfam Blogs by Gideon Rabinowitz

The next couple of weeks see big international conferences on aid effectiveness (Busan) and climate change (Durban), providing a chance to take the temperature of the multilateral system. Here Gideon Rabinowitz of the UK Aid Network assesses the prospects for Busan.