The Independent Accountability Committee
As a unified community of civil society organisations, we believe in the principles of multiple accountability. As much as we are accountable to donors, benefactors and other stakeholders, we are also accountable to our internal constituencies. In this spirit, the Independent Accountability Committee (IAC) was established in order to ensure that all aspects of accountability and transparency within the platform are in place.
The IAC is also responsible for functioning evaluation and audit mechanisms and other horizontal and vertical accountability measures and functioning in all the different working units. The IAC is composed of members endorsed by the different constituencies working on a voluntary basis. The IAC meets once a year to assess the implementation of activities. The results of their assessment will help identify and address issues and challenges, contribute to work strategies and reflection on the CSO Partnership’s mandate and work structures. Members of the IAC are elected from outside the Global Council.
Read more about the Independent Accountability Committee here.
Civil Society Continuing Campaign for Effective Development
From a CSO perspective, much of the advantage and potential for achievements of the GPEDC lies in its inclusiveness – embodied in its multi-stakeholder character. But this is not a given. Civil society needs to continue to advocate for a more accountable multi-stakeholder framework for development and development cooperation. For civil society, a key element for any reform is the pursuit by governments of minimum standards to ensure an enabling environment for their participation, specifically in areas of democratic ownership, from a national to a global level.
In order to meet this challenge, the CPDE is has designed a coordinated national-regional-global and sectoral campaign for effective development. The backbone of this campaign are individual national platforms working on development effectiveness, their own CSO effectiveness through the Istanbul Principles, and advocating for an enabling environment.
And at the heart of this campaign is the CPDE platform. Its power lies in the broad and inclusive participation of a range of CSOs from around the world, ensuring gender parity in representation, overcoming language and cultural barriers, and including those that are most commonly discrimated against and excluded.
View the the multi-year campaign here.
Enhancing Civil Society Role in Development Partnerships Post-2015
The growing importance of the Post-2015 process has been evident in the past years. The attention has been merited because of the negotiations on the new sustainable development agenda that will frame all strategies and activities of the United Nations (UN) and that will be the successor of the Millennium Development Goals which ended in September 2015.
In this interest, the expanding mandate of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) to implement the “how”> of the Post-2015 process has been afloat. CPDE has designed a programme that ensures to complement the monitoring of the work being done in these arenas. The new partnership with the European Commission has resulted to this Action which basically espouses the fundamental principles of an enabling environment for CSOs, Human Rights-Based Approaches, Inclusive Partnerships, and capacity development of CSOs.
The Action will ensure monitoring of the work at the regional and global levels. Activities emphasize the advocacies for institutionalising CSO participation in multi-stakeholder dialogues, rights-based approaches to development, and, ultimately, the monitoring of Development Partnerships.
Read more about the EC Action Proposal here.