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PIANGO executive director Emele Duituturaga (right) and some staff members preparing for the regional conference. PHOTO: FCOSS

The Civil Society Organisation Patnership for Development Effectiveness consultation starting tomorrow would be an opportunity for hosts PIANGO to take a hard look at their situation and look to the future in terms of direction, says PIANGO Executive Director Emele Duituturaga.

“It is also a time for PIANGO as an organisation to look to our future because in the last couple of years we have been re-emerging in the region,” Ms Duituturaga said in the lead up to the conference from November 6-10 in Nadi.

The conference will host about 40 delegates from the region and consolidating the CSO sector in their achievements following the mandate from the Busan Partnership Agreement adopted in the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held last year in Busan, South Korea.

“The ballgame as far as CSO, NGOs work is not the same anymore comparatively where PIANGO was the only umbrella NGO say 10 years ago,” Ms Duituturaga said.

“Today it is a crowded house; there’s so many agendas country wise; regionally as well as globally; and there is a lot more competition.”

PIANGO is playing the lead role in the consultation as the sole regional focal point and would look to get endorsement for a mandate as well as finding their specific role in the region.

“What PIANGO needs to do is find our niche and focus on it,” Ms Duituturaga said.

“In all of this we don’t want to be duplicating others; and focus on what is our regional role?

“We have canvassed the region and the world as far as getting focal attention; involved with the lead up to Busan, Rio+20; as well as engaged in the Post 2015 (Sub Regional Consultations on MDG & Post 2015 Development Agenda) dialogue,” she said.

Ms Duituturaga said the future of PIANGO lies in the endorsement of the strategic plan – this would be an indication of the support of our development partners which would be sound direction.

“Until we get core funding PIANGO will always be in a fragile situation,” she said.

“We have been able to get our support at the regional level – our secretariat need to carry out proper work to NLUs also advocating for CSO voice in the region at the national level and with own governments.

“We have provided a draft of our regional strategy and we will take a look and prioritise them.”

The delegates will include 12 National Liaison Units (NLUs) who have confirmed they are coming but have not been able to accommodate partners from the northern territories as well as the French territories.

“The expenses for hosting them (Northern Pacific) are quite enormous averaging about $6-7000 for each participant,” Ms Duituturaga said.

The main funders for the conference is from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) which have given the funding to IBON – for the CPDE given $30,000 US and IFP has come up with 5000 Euros.

“One of the objectives is the regional co-ordination of climate change which we have been advancing with the development of the tool kit,” Ms Duituturaga said.