• 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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  • Protecting Women’s Livelihoods within the Oil and Gas Industry in Ghana

    When oil was discovered in Ghana in 2008, rural women, in particular, those living in oil-fringe communities had little or no knowledge about the effects of oil exploration on their livelihoods. Six (6) years after the discovery of oil, local populations, majority being women are still grappling with the negative effects on their livelihoods. The […]

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  • Perks of being an Observer: Thoughts at the 69th UN General Assembly

    Saturday, August 30, 2014 Dear Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron, We are pleased to inform you that the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team (CCST) has selected you to receive an invitation to attend the 23 September 2014 UN Climate Summit. Congratulations and best regards, UN-NGLS In the search for CSO representatives to be invited to the […]

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  • Climate Finance: From Whom and For Whom?

    On the 24th of September 2014, the entire world will shift its attention to the Ban Ki-Moon summit in New York where leaders from various countries will “pledge” their contributions in the global effort to end the looming climate crisis. Political deadlocks amid crisis The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns us of “irreversible […]

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