From a CSO perspective, much of the advantage and potential for achievements of the GPEDC lies in its inclusiveness – embodied in its multi-stakeholder character. But this is not a given. Civil society needs to continue to advocate for a more accountable multi-stakeholder framework for development and development cooperation. For civil society, a key element for any reform is the pursuit by governments of minimum standards to ensure an enabling environment for their participation, specifically in areas of democratic ownership, from a national to a global level.
In order to meet this challenge, the CPDE is has designed a coordinated national-regional-global and sectoral campaign for effective development. The backbone of this campaign are individual national platforms working on development effectiveness, their own CSO effectiveness through the Istanbul Principles, and advocating for an enabling environment.
And at the heart of this campaign is the CPDE platform. Its power lies in the broad and inclusive participation of a range of CSOs from around the world, ensuring gender parity in representation, overcoming language and cultural barriers, and including those that are most commonly discrimated against and excluded.
The growing importance of the Post-2015 process has been evident in the past years. The attention has been merited because of the negotiations on the new sustainable development agenda that will frame all strategies and activities of the United Nations (UN) and that will be the successor of the Millennium Development Goals which ended in September 2015.
In this interest, the expanding mandate of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) to implement the “how”> of the Post-2015 process has been afloat. CPDE has designed a programme that ensures to complement the monitoring of the work being done in these arenas. The new partnership with the European Commission has resulted to this Action which basically espouses the fundamental principles of an enabling environment for CSOs, Human Rights-Based Approaches, Inclusive Partnerships, and capacity development of CSOs.
The Action will ensure monitoring of the work at the regional and global levels. Activities emphasize the advocacies for institutionalising CSO participation in multi-stakeholder dialogues, rights-based approaches to development, and, ultimately, the monitoring of Development Partnerships.
To ensure civil society organisations (CSOs) fulfil their roles meaningfully in the various development cooperation policy arenas at all levels, CPDE implemented a 13-month bridge fund programme financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). This programme aimed to ensure continuity of CPDE’s work in (1) sustaining momentum for civil society advocacy on effective development cooperation, (2) ensuring that such advocacy resonates at the country level, and (3) further strengthening and consolidating the CSO Partnership.
Sustaining the advocacy work on effective development cooperation (EDC) was important in light of:
Civil society engagement of the effective development cooperation (EDC) agenda is relevant today, more than ever. Civil society has achieved incremental policy gains in the Nairobi Outcome Document (NOD) of the 2016 Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation High Level Ministerial Meeting (GPEDC HLM2) specifically in the commitment to address closing/shrinking civic spaces and promotion of private sector accountability. This remains to the level of norm-setting at global level. Repression of basic freedoms, ineffective practices in development cooperation, and unethical business practice remains prevalent. The challenge of implementing the commitments of the Nairobi Outcome Document (NOD) into reality remains to be an important work for all development stakeholders.
On a broader policy context, Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require the transformation of development cooperation strategies and systems in all countries to be implemented successfully. There is ongoing work on monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030. Since its conception, an annual monitoring of initiatives at the country level has been planned to feed into the development of the new Global Sustainable Development Report in 2019. This three-year stocktaking report will be launched during the 2019 High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which may possibly run simultaneously with the GPEDC HLM/SLM.
Civil society advocacy for effective development cooperation is germane to ensure that the voices of the marginalised people are taken on board. This includes ensuring (1) that EDC principles are integrated to monitoring the progress of implementing the sustainable development goals (SDGs)/ Agenda 2030 and (2) that the NOD commitments translate to a clear roadmap for their effective implementation to achieve the SDGs.
IBON International, CPDE’s Financial Management Organisation (FMO), underwent external evaluations on internal control and management and, its function as an FMO. The evaluation documents can be found here: