Donors Urged to Tackle Country Ownership, Civil Society Participation in Aid Effectiveness Forum

In the run-up to a high-level forum on aid effectiveness in November, non-governmental organizations are calling on donors to put local ownership and civil society participation in development cooperation high on the meeting’s agenda.

More than 80 representatives of civil society organizations from across the globe gathered in Sweden last week to develop their own strategy for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s fourth high-level forum on aid effectiveness. The forum, which will be held in Busan, South Korea, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1., aims to examine whether or not governments have kept their aid commitments, as well as promote sustainable development assistance.

NGOs pointed out the shrinking political space for civil society and a lack of participatory ownership of development initiatives at the local level, Eurodad reports.

“Governments and donors should make the strength of civil society an indicator of successful development cooperation,” said Ruben Fernandez from Open Forum and ALOP.

NGOs also noted that human rights, gender equality, decent work and environmental sustainability should be the ultimate goal for development effectiveness.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.