NEWS RELEASE: Global civil society reports on widespread ineffective Covid response

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Through a global webinar, global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) will be presenting its study World in Lockdown, Development on Hold: A special CPDE report on the (in)effectiveness of the Covid-19 response, on March 31, 2021, 9AM in Buenos Aires, 2PM in Paris, and 8PM Manila, via and Facebook Live.

Delivering the keynote address will be Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergencies Programme, and presenting the study are CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid, CPDE Latin America and the Caribbean region’s Josefina Villegas, and independent researcher for the CPDE International Civil Society Organisations sector Catherine Turner.

Also gracing the event are Ulrika Modeer, Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy at the United Nations Development Programme, and Monica Asuna, Deputy Chief Economist at The National Treasury of Kenya. They will speak on Covid-19 and its impact on implementing the effectiveness agenda at country level, and whether pandemic responses are respecting the effective development cooperation (EDC) principle on Country Ownership, respectively.

Making aid transparent, predictable and accountable to improve the effectiveness of the pandemic response will be the subject of Gabriella Fesus’s talk. Fesus is Head of Social Inclusion and Protection, Health and Demography at the European Commission. Helen Holm, coordinator for Covid-19 response at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), will then talk about applying the effective development cooperation principles in the pandemic response to get us back on track to Leaving No One Behind and delivering results. The discussions will be moderated by Justin Kilcullen, CPDE Co-Chair.

“We launched this initiative as an immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis, and as part of the platform’s commitment to work for effective development cooperation and contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” CPDE Co-Chair Longid explains.

The event will feature common themes from 29 case studies spanning 33 countries conducted by five (5) regional and six (6) sectoral constituencies of CPDE from August to November 2020. These cover the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic that have stood out across all constituencies, the emerging trends of official development assistance (ODA), and the corresponding implications on effective development cooperation.

“Through this study carefully put together by our members and partners, CPDE hopes to raise awareness on the situation of grassroots communities and the civil society amidst the pandemic, and to support informed engagements with partner countries, development actors, and other stakeholders in making international cooperation more effective,” CPDE Co-Chair Kilcullen adds.

CPDE is an open platform that unites civil society organisations from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation (EDC). It strives to make development more effective by reshaping the global aid architecture and empowering CSOs working on the ground.

It represents CSOs from six regions (Africa, Asia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean), and eight sectors (Rural, Feminist Group, Indigenous Peoples, Faith-Based Organisations, International Civil Society Organisations, Youth, Labour, and Migrants and Diaspora).

To know more, visit and its special webpage on its Covid-19 engagements,



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