CPDE All Secretariats’ Meeting 2021 heralds improved ways of working

Following an All Secretariats’ Meeting (ASM) held June 28, June 30, and July 2, 2021, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) envisions improved ways of working within and among its constituencies.

CPDE is an open platform that unites civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation (EDC). It engages CSOs from six regions (Africa, Asia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and 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). It also hosts four task forces: Climate Finance, Conflict and Fragility, CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, and Private Sector Engagement. Each of these regions, sectors, and task forces is represented by a secretariat in the CPDE General Assembly.

Through the activity, held remotely due to the pandemic, CPDE sought to provide updates on key development cooperation and development effectiveness policy issues, understand the situation of its regional and sectoral constituencies and task forces, and review past agreements. Moreover, it aimed to provide the secretariats a space to reflect on means to enhance network coordination, internal and external communications, and capacity development in order to deliver on programme commitments.

Among the notable agreements reached were the development of constituency-level policy objectives tailored to specific contexts, the conduct of bilateral discussions to address membership issues, creation of more mechanisms for information exchange, facilitate collaboration among members for capacity development, and the engagement of all secretariats to implement CPDE’s growing country work.#

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