The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan was a turning point for civil society as more than 300 representatives from different civil society organizations (CSO) were present to give voice to the demands of their constituencies on issues related to development cooperation and poverty eradication. Busan became the culmination of the mobilization and engagement efforts through the platforms of Open Forum (OF) on CSO Development Effectiveness and Better Aid (BA).
With the changing aid and development effectiveness architecture, the BetterAid Coordination Group (BACG) members with the Open Forum Global Facilitation Group (GFG) have united into a new platform. It represents CSOs’ diversity, works to strengthen national and sub-regional platforms, and defines channels for CSO representation, critical engagement as well as monitoring of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). The new platform is currently called the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)1.
The CPDE is an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on the issue of development effectiveness, in particular in the context of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (BPd) and the GPEDC. The CPDE is open to the participation of any CSO that endorses its vision, goals, and the CSO Key Asks on the Road to Busan,2 that believes in its objectives, and that adheres to the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness (IP). The CPDE is a platform open to the richness and the diversity of the world’s CSOs.
The CPDE Program, “CIVIL SOCIETY CONTINUING CAMPAIGN FOR EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT” seeks to make concrete contributions to global development through the promotion of development effectiveness and an enabling environment in all areas of work, among CSOs and to key development actors, through active engagement with the GPEDC, guided by the human rights-based approach. The program is characterized by CSO action at global, regional, sub-regional and national levels utilizing a mix of approaches in policy advocacy, engagement, outreach and capacity development. The Program will run from July 2013 – June 2016.