PROGRESS SINCE BUSAN AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT
Ms. Emele Duituturaga,
(Executive Director, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO); and Co-Chair of CSO Partnership on Development Effectiveness (CPDE)
CSO Asks on the Road to Busan
The Busan 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was a turning point for civil society when more than 300 CSO representatives were present and called upon all development actors to achieve a bold outcome by:
fully evaluating and deepening the Paris and Accra commitments;
strengthening development effectiveness through practices based on human rights standards;
supporting CSOs as independent development actors in their own right, and committing to an enabling environment for their work in all countries; and
promoting equitable and just development cooperation architecture.
These were the CSO Key Asks on the Road to Busan which remain an important guide for CSO engagement with the process of reforming the aid system through development effectiveness1 advocacy, which we have continued to pursue through the open platform called CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). CPDE brings together CSOs from all over the world with the vision of realizing human rights, social justice, equality (including gender equality) and sustainability in development.
Our efforts in Busan were not in vain. The Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation made significant commitments in areas crucial to civil society such as democratic ownership (§12a), gender equality (§20) and enabling environment for CSOs (§22), and commit all stakeholders to the shared principles of ownership, results, inclusive development partnerships, and transparency and accountability (§11).
Busan was a breakthrough in the acknowledgement of the link between the standards set out in international human rights agreements and the conditions that enable CSOs to maximise their contribution to development. Another was the acknowledgement of the CSO-authored International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness as the basis for CSOs to be held accountable as effective development actors. This is an important benchmark in establishing the vital role of civil society, and its autonomy, with Busan also having reaffirmed the principle that CSOs are independent development actors in their own right.
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