• Civil society calls for ‘clearer commitments’ towards Mexico HLM

    ABUJA, Nigeria—Civil society representatives expressed concern over the lack of ‘clearer commitments’ in implementing Busan agreements during the 5th Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) Steering Committee (SC) meeting last 13-14 February. “If you look at the preparations towards the HLM, there is a tendency…to put the onus on the developing countries and forget […]

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  • Implementing Busan: Africa calls for binding Global Action Plan

    ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire–Ministers, parliamentarians, institutions, academia, and civil society organisations met for the African Multi-stakeholder Consultation organized by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) last 24-26 February in preparation for its 1st High Level Meeting in Mexico. Participants in the meeting re-affirmed their commitment to the principles of development effectiveness. All stakeholders also […]

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  • Dams and development: Corporate interests and Manipur’s struggle for justice

    In the Northeastern part of India lies the state of Manipur – characterized by its lush terrain, flowing rivers, and diverse flora and fauna – a fertile ground for large-scale corporate-backed ‘development projects’ that exacerbate human rights violations and unbridled exploitation of natural resources. While in New York for the UN Summit for the Adoption […]

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  • The irony of inequality and the struggle of the Ogoni People for Land and Life

    Even as the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Friday the 26th of September 2015, Akpobari Celestine, an Ogoni born human rights activist, National Coordinator of Ogoni Solidarity ForumNigeria and a member of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Post-MDG Working Group, echoed concerns of deepening […]

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  • Country Ownership Post-2015: Will the post-2015 agenda support country ownership of sustainable development processes?

    Will the post-2015 agenda support country ownership of sustainable development processes? This question has been of central concern to me as I’ve worked to keep abreast of the fast-paced post-2015 negotiations. Having followed the aid effectiveness agenda through its latest incarnations from Paris to Busan, my point of reference into this discussion is how the […]

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  • The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation – Where Next?

    Matt Simonds analysis of the First High-Level Meeting which took place in Mexico City from 15th until 16th April 2014. Originally published in the ITUC website. It has been several weeks since the first High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) and while the dust may have settled, it […]

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  • Post-2015 negotiations: Are governments passing the buck to businesses?

    This article was originally published in Devex: https://www.devex.com/news/post-2015-negotiations-are-governments-passing-the-buck-to-businesses-86027 Perhaps one of the most critical discussions haunting the post-2015 agenda has to do with the question of “how”: How can such an ambitious plan be financed? Where will resources come from? At least for member states, the answer is not as elusive as you might think. […]

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  • Japan’s New “Dev’t Cooperation Charter”: Securitization & Instrumentalization of Aid

    In the Reality of Aid 2014, I wrote about the then ongoing revision of the Government of Japan’s ODA Charter. After almost a year’s process, the revised Charter, now renamed as “Development Cooperation Charter” was finally approved by the Cabinet on 10 February. It was first expected that the revised charter would be announced by […]

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  • Protecting Civil Society’s Role in Development Co-operation

    This article is published in co-operation with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation read more expert comment at http://devcooperation.org. Within the development community, the role of civil society has never been more important. Civil society is made up of community groups, volunteers, civil society organisations (CSOs) and trade unions, all of whom provide a […]

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  • Busan Global Partnership Workshop – Opportunities And Challenges

    As we converge in Seoul Korea next week to review progress since Busan, I am left with a bitter sweet taste in my mouth. Bitter because we are yet to firmly locate the structure for domestication of the Busan agenda at the national level, and sweet because some regions, building blocks and task teams have […]

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