Updated post of December 12th:
Please find attached a finalized version of the Task Team's Review of Evidence of Progress on Civil Society-related Committments of the Busan High Level Forum. This version replaces the one originally posted on November 29th.
Thank you for your interest.
Jacqueline Wood on behalf of the Task Team Co-chairs
Original Post of November 29th:
The Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the framing of the HLM session on Progress on Busan Implementation and Impact on Inclusive Development.
We understand that our CPDE members have alerted you to the Task Team’s Review of Evidence of Progress on Civil Society-related Commitments of the Busan High Level Forum, and we attach the final version of the Review for ease of reference. We refer you in particular to the section on Democratic Ownership and Inclusive Development Partnerships, and the CSO Enabling Environment section, as being the two topics of most relevance, although not exclusively so, to the Progress/Inclusive Development session.
We suggest a few considerations for the Specific Goals outlined in the your concept note.
- Inclusive Development Partnerships:
- Assure a whole-of-society approach to country-led coordination arrangements to manage diversity
- Either specifically add, or ensure integration into the CSO enabling environment focus area, of both: a) institutionalized multi-stakeholder dialogue mechanisms at country level; and b) respect for CSOs’ ‘right of initiative’ to design and implement development programmes consistent with the needs and priorities of the people they serve or represent.
- Expand on “capacity for statistics” to include CSOs’ capacity for monitoring and reporting on results.
With respect to specific deliverables for the HLM, we endorse the deliverable outlined in Annex 1 of the GPEDC’s October Steering Committee meeting summary regarding a “roadmap” to improve the enabling environment for civil society. With such a roadmap, we would propose the establishment of a multi-stakeholder peer exchange and capacity development forum with strong participation from all stakeholder groups in the GPEDC. This forum would allow for a transparent sharing of perspectives and experiences on challenges and opportunities faced by each stakeholder group as regards CSOs and aid and development effectiveness, and a sharing of good practice or pilot initiatives.
Such a global forum could follow, for example, the model of the Asia Pacific Development Effectiveness Forum, but with a lighter approach focused on regional workshops, and if possible, facilitating technical and peer support to country-level initiatives. The Task Team would position itself to actively engage with such an initiative, within its means. An important contribution of this forum would be to affirm shared objectives, and to build the mutual trust and respect needed to help address both the practical and political bottlenecks impeding the establishment of enabling environments for CSOs worldwide.
As regards possible speakers or chairs for sessions, we have not been able in the time available to properly explore recommendations. However, we hope to discuss this with our members and will communicate the outcomes of that discussion to you.
Overall, the Task Team co-chairs express their interest in collaborating with the Session 1 Champions Group in whatever way might be helpful in organizing this session.