Civil Society Calls for 'Rights-based Approach' to Aid

Members of civil society organizations pose for a picture during the Busan Global Civil Society Forum three days before the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Photo by: Concord

The development community is on a high as the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, is set to kick off Nov. 29.

Three days before the aid effectiveness forum, about 500 civil society representatives from different organizations attended the Busan Global Civil Society summit to call for a rights-based approach to development.

“All aid actors must recognize that a rights based approach is fundamental to any decisions on how aid is used,” BetterAid Chairperson Antonio Tujan said.

The approach, which was based on a three-year consultation with civil society organizations worldwide, pushes for commitments to make all development cooperation work, not just that of CSOs. U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Maina Kiai, who also joined the summit, said “governments need to ensure the protection of several main international principles.” These include freedom of assembly, association and expression, the rights of civil society groups to seek and secure funding, and the states’ duty to protect these freedoms and rights.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.