• Youth as Partners in Development

    About half of the world’s population – nearly 3 billion people – is aged 25 years old and below. Almost 90% of this three billion figure live in developing countries and accounts for a sizeable chunk in the global labor force. Addressing the needs of the youth remains a global challenge but far from being […]

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  • Data Revolution – The fulcrum for delivering the development effectiveness agenda

    Real access to and use of data is crucial for development co-operation, and for the billions of people whom this co-operation aims to benefit. For development co-operation stakeholders, real access to data allows for transparency as well as better planning, targeting and review. For beneficiaries, real access enables ownership and accountability, while strengthening participation. As […]

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  • The Promise of Shared Prosperity: Leave No One Behind, Let No One Get Away

    Years of extreme weather events have put the science of climate change in the spotlight—forwarding irrefutable evidence that the planet is indeed at the brink of unmanageable and irreversible change. Informed by climate science, efforts to prevent the looming climate crisis have led us to alternative practices that are key to sustainable development. Unfortunately, the […]

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  • On CSO Enabling Environment: Strengthening donor engagement on CSO funding and protection

    General commitments have been made to create a CSO enabling environment back in Busan and much has already been said in its lack of realization. Nonetheless, shrinking space for civil society and increased criminalisation of dissent remain among the most worrying trends faced by CSOs in all parts of the world. In this respect, donor […]

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  • Global Accountability: Reserved mainly for inter-governmental development cooperation?

    As a pillar of the post-2015 agenda, accountability is crucial in delivering a transformative framework for sustainable development, along with the sustainable development goals and the means of implementation. The UN Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) has an important role is shaping the renewed global partnership for development and delivering the global accountability mechanisms that will […]

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  • The Private Sector and Its Role in Development: A Trade Union Perspective

    As the different elements of a Post 2015 Development gradually emerge there is least one element that seems almost pre-ordained. That is, the private sector will have a feature role whether it likes it or not. A growing choir of voices within multilateral institutions and donor aid agencies is championing the role of the private […]

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  • Challenges in private sector involvement in development: A CSO Perspective

    As global Official Development Assistance (ODA) stagnates, several donor countries and aid agencies are struggling to mobilise private sources of financial capital but without the sufficient incorporation of human rights commitments. Under this scenario, private sector-led growth operates without regulatory mechanisms to ensure that human rights standards and democratic ownership of development outcomes are met. […]

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  • Busan Commitments: A Flickering Flame

    The Busan 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) was a turning point for civil society when more than 300 CSO representatives were present and called upon all development actors to achieve a bold outcome through the 1) full evaluation and deepening of Paris and Accra commitments; 2) strengthening development effectiveness through practices based […]

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