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Civil Society Financing for Development Group hosts forum on global economic solutions

20. September 2021 - 11:04

The Civil Society Financing for Development (FfD) Group Global is hosting a Global People’s Assembly Session titled Financing for Development: Global Economic Solutions Now! this 22 September 2021, 13:30-14:45 UTC/GMT (8:30 Lima | 9:30 NY | 16:30 Nairobi | 19:00 Delhi | 21:30 Manila).

Event organisers include the The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), Eurodad, Global Policy Forum (GPF), Jubilee USA, Latindadd, and the Society for International Development (SID).

The CSO FfD group argues that the 2021 Financing for Development Forum outcome document that is “filled with rhetoric and no action, sticking to business as usual and a status quo that threatens the well-being of billions of people.” This approach, they add, makes the possibility of realising the Sustainable Development Goals and to respond to the expanding climate emergency more remote than ever. “National level decisions, while important, are insufficient to ensure the required policy and fiscal space needed for a decolonial, feminist and just transition for people and planet.”

The CSO FfD group also explains that the FfD outcome document fails to deliver an ambitious multilateral response under the auspices, leadership, and coordination of the United Nations to the current crisis, which further exposed the lack of implementation of universal social protection floors and lack of access to decent work.

Through the event, the group will call on governments to step up and demonstrate much-needed leadership in the following weeks within UNGA to ensure progress on key systemic reforms on debt, illicit financial flows including tax dodging, and trade, etc.

The event will feature presentations on upcoming civil society campaigns on global economic solutions to mobilise jointly around structural transformation, by the following speakers:

  • Jason Braganza, Afrodad: Presentation of The Harare Declaration 2021
  • Iolanda Fresnillo, Eurodad: Upcoming debt campaign actions
  • Chenai Mukumba, Tax Justice Network-Africa: Campaign rejecting tax deal of G7/G20/OECD
  • Luca de Fraia, CPDE: Aid effectiveness, Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) 
  • Patricia Miranda, Latindadd: Campaign on SDRs
  • Yoke Ling, Third World Network: Campaign on TRIPS waiver + ISDS moratorium

SID’s Pooja Rangaprasad will serve as the moderator.

The Civil Society Financing for Development Group is a broad platform of several hundreds of civil society organizations, networks and federations from around the world, including the Women’s Working Group on FfD. The Group followed closely the FfD process since its origins, facilitated civil society’s contribution to the Third International Conference on FfD, and continues to provide a facilitation mechanism for the collective expression of civil society in the FfD Follow-up process.

To learn more, visit the Civil Society FfD Group website.#

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CIVICUS, CPDE, and Forus International organise forum on human rights and civic space in digital era

17. September 2021 - 11:19

Global civil society platforms CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), and Forus International are joining forces to organise a forum titled Under Pressure: Human rights and civic space in the digital era this 21 September, 4 to 5:30PM GMT. The session is part of a series of events for the Global People’s Assembly, held in time for the United Nations General Assembly.

The activity draws from the civic space situation in many countries around the world, where repressive laws and policies restrict fundamental freedoms of expression, participation, assembly, and association. Despite their vital role in the social and democratic fabric of their countries, civil society networks activists and human rights defenders face intimidation and attacks, both online and offline.

The panel will expound on the said situation, with a specific focus on the digital context. Speakers will discuss how new technologies have helped civil society to grow, activists to mobilise and grassroots movements to unite, and how the attendant risks and opportunities in this domain can be addressed.

Mandeep Tiwana, CIVICUS Chief Programmes Officer, will speak on current global trends relating to civic space and human rights. Biljana Spasovska, CPDE Regional Coordinator for Europe and Executive Director of the Balkan Civil Society Network for Development, will provide an overview of civic space and human rights from the Balkans, as well as how can civil society around the world respond to threats to civic space and human rights.

These will be followed by a segment on The challenge of creating an enabling digital environment for civil society globally, and Innovative global civil society campaigns on civic space and human rights, to be led by Forus’ Deirdre de Burca, Campaigns Coordinator and Bibbi Abruzzi, Communications Officer, respectively.

Finally, an open forum with the participants will revolve around these key questions:

  • What can governments/ civil society/the private sector do to better defend and promote civic space and human rights globally?
  • How can these actors ensure that digitalization does not reduce but rather exapnds civic space online?

The event will be available in English, Spanish, and French.

To register for the events, visit this link.#

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Localizing the Triple Nexus

16. September 2021 - 9:58

The signs of the times point to an urgent response to prolonged conflicts and exacerbated fragility in different countries. The Triple Nexus approach, in this regard, provides a policy discourse that emphasizes the complementarity and integration of development and peace actions with humanitarian actions in addressing the roots of conflict and state fragility. The Nexus approach is suggested to be a context-specific solution driven by on-ground needs, in contrast to merely implementing pre-existing frameworks. 

In line with this, the Reality of Aid – Asia Pacific (RoA-AP)CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness – Asia (CPDE Asia), and the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) will launch their Nexus Policy Research entitled “Localizing the Triple Nexus: 9 Country Contexts” and hold a multi-stakeholder dialogue with CSOs, donors, and multilateral institutions.

The dialogue aims to facilitate peer-learning and bolster solidarity among development actors to forge a more effective development cooperation engagement as well as raise the discourse on the implementation of the Triple Nexus in conflict-affected, fragile contexts. 

The event will feature the presentation of case studies contextualizing the Nexus approach in nine countries: Syria, Bangladesh, Lake Chad Region, Cameroon, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Mali, Guatemala, and the Philippines framed along the themes of gender equality, environment and climate, and refugees and forced migration. Succeeding the research contributors and their presentation are reactors from different donor and multilateral agencies. Before the event wraps up, a moderated discussion will take place to synthesize the event and reap key policy recommendations. 

The Nexus Policy Research Launch and Multi-stakeholder Dialogue will be held on September 7, 2021, Tuesday at 8-10 PM Manila time The event is open to the public and will be live-streamed via Facebook. To participate, register here:

This launch is the concluding event of RoA-AP’s Regional Meeting, “Accelerate Efforts; Amplify Voices: Bolstering Solidarity toward People-Centered Development Cooperation”, which will be held on August 31, September 2 and 7.

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CPDE launches policy research on the Triple Nexus

14. September 2021 - 8:10

CPDE, Reality of Aid – Asia Pacific (RoA-AP) and the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) have launched Localizing the Triple Nexus: 9 Country Contexts, a research collection that brings together studies on the interlinkages between humanitarian, development, and peace actors – otherwise known as the Triple Nexus – coupled with people-centered and sustainable development.

What is the Triple Nexus?

The nexus approach “refers to the aim of strengthening collaboration, coherence and complementarity” among these three pillars (OECD LEGAL 2019). It argues that efforts to address the causes of conflicts and states of fragility should go hand-in-hand with immediate and short-term responses; development and peace actions should accompany humanitarian actions. Moreover, it is envisioned as a context-specific solution driven by on-ground needs as opposed to simply implementing pre-existing frameworks.

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The launch event was held virtually on September 7, and featured research contributors sharing key findings and recommendations on humanitarian, development, and peace programs in Syria, Bangladesh, Lake Chad Region, Cameroon, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Mali, Guatemala, and the Philippines.

The studies evaluate development cooperation programs that are either (1) designed within the framework of the triple nexus and implemented in situations of conflict and fragility, or (2) designed within one or two pillars of the triple nexus and implemented in situations of conflict and fragility, with the objective of looking at how the use of the triple nexus framework may impact the said situation and how such framework aligns with development effectiveness principles.

CPDE Co-Chair and Global Coordinator of IPMSDL Beverly Longid, in her opening remarks, stressed the importance of addressing “the root causes of the problem” to find “solutions that promote just and lasting peace, realise the right to development, and end humanitarian crises.” She also stated the importance of grounding the Triple Nexus discourse to the “realities of the peoples living in conflict and fragility by having them speak on their own experience and recommendations.”

The presentations were organised according to the thematic focus of the nine studies, namely, (1) gender and youth rights; (2) Indigenous Peoples and climate issues; and (3) the issues of refugees.

In the presentations, the lack of quality and accessible social services were among those highlighted as key drivers of conflict. States’ heavily militarised responses to conflicts then lead to more casualties, especially among women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples who not only are victims of the conflict situations, but also of ongoing crackdowns on civil society. One of the authors, Rikki Gono of Katribu Youth, said, “Counterinsurgency is used as a convenient excuse to push through with large-scale dam projects, to the detriment of the rights and lives of IPs, who are themselves red-tagged and labeled as ‘communist terrorists’ if they oppose the dams.”

Elle Ambler, from the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature, presenting in the panel tackling the issues of refugees, presented the incoherence in aid going to refugees’ host and home countries as exhibited in the current EU approach to the Syrian crisis. Ambler says that “on one hand, [EU] contributed to unmet humanitarian needs … [in the] host countries, while on the other, it has contributed to protracted displacement and the continuation of dire conditions in the Syrian crisis.”

Gender issues are a central part of the study and almost all the cases addressed gender inequality with one of the chapters exclusively dedicated to the topic: “Engendering the Nexus: A Case Study on How to Mainstream Gender in the Triple Nexus and its Operationalization”. Author Rosabel Agirregomezkorta of CEIM (Centro de Estudio e Investigación Mujeres) and member of the CPDE Feminist Group sector, highlighted the close relationship between armed conflict and gender injustice as “83% of conflicts in 2019 occurred in contexts of discrimination against women and girls.” She concluded that it is “essential to include a feminist view of conflicts.”

Julia Codina Sariols of the OECD Crises and Fragility Team and one of the study’s reactors at the launch event backed up this argument, urging that “analytical tools be improved to effectively address issues circling gender inequality and conflict.”

Highlights by country contexts

Below are some key findings from the nine country contexts in Syria, Bangladesh, Lake Chad Region, Cameroon, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Mali, Guatemala, and the Philippines.

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While each country’s context should be examined on an individual basis, certain patterns and overlapping trends emerge in the research. Most of the case studies shared the following findings:

  • (1) Low level of awareness of the Triple Nexus discourse, both on the part of governments and CSOs
  • (2) Problems in the delivery of humanitarian aid — difference between pledges, let alone needs, and actual delivery, and predictability in timing
  • (4) Lack of priority for actions against gender-based violence
  • (5) Lack of inclusive partnerships, especially in relation to CSOs, affecting and implying lack of transparency and accountability
  • (6) Lack of country ownership, or the huge role of donor interests
  • (7) Funding is still within the disconnected pillars of the Triple Nexus, not for the entire program; differences in funding timelines of humanitarian actions on the one hand and development and peace actions on the other
  • (8) The peace component is missing in either, or both policy and implementation. If present, peace-building is defined as mere absence of armed conflict, with little to no regard to addressing the root cause of conflict
  • (9) Problems on the reporting of collective outcomes

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CPDE launches CSO Development Effectiveness review survey

10. September 2021 - 11:46

Eleven years since civil society organisations (CSOs) adopted the Istanbul Principles (IP), global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness has launched the CSO Development Effectiveness Review survey among its members.

The Istanbul Principles is a landmark document that consolidates the principles and values that guide CSO practice all over the world. CPDE, in its Strategic Plan 2020-2023, has renewed its commitment to continue the promotion and the development of tools around CSO Development Effectiveness based on the Principles.

Through the survey, CPDE aims to establish a baseline information to know the current state of Istanbul Principles implementation within its platform and to support succeeding platform initiatives, including development of CSO Development Effectiveness frameworks,  the conduct of country initiatives and global conferences and other engagements.

CPDE hopes that the exercise will help its members reflect on how their organisation has practiced the Principles and on the challenges they have faced in its implementation.

There are two ways to answer the survey:

  1. Answer at once. Answering the full survey in one go will take you around 45 minutes, and may be completed until 24 September. You may start by clicking on the Module 1 link and proceed as instructed
  2. Answer per module. The survey is divided into three parts, with each part answerable in 15 minutes. You may answer one module per week (starting this week). The surveys are available here:

To access the survey, visit the page dedicated to the CPDE CSO DE Review here.

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OUT NOW: CPDE June to August 2021 Newsletter!

31. August 2021 - 7:43

Download the latest CPDE Newsletter, covering the global civil society platform’s engagements from June to August 2021.

It features the CPDE statement of solidarity with the Afghan people, articles on the CPDE Voluntary National Reviews study 2021, the 19th Coordination Committee Meeting and 2021 All Secretariats’ Meeting, and several publication and event updates from CPDE’s regions and sectors.

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CPDE and Reality of Aid Asia Pacific holds regional launch of Reality of Aid Report 2020/2021

31. August 2021 - 5:25

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness and the Reality of Aid Asia Pacific is holding the regional launch of Reality of Aid Report 2020/2021 on 31 August 2021, 2PM Manila.


With the theme “Aid in the context of conflict, fragility and the climate emergency, the report especially tackles the Triple Nexus, delving on how humanitarian action, development and peace efforts intersect to improve development interventions, especially in conflict affected and fragile states.

Speakers for the event, which will highlight reports from the Asia Pacific, include: Register: RSVP: For more information: Access the report here:
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A call for international solidarity to support the Afghan people’s quest for justice, peace and development

25. August 2021 - 9:00

On August 15, 2021, the world witnessed devastating developments in the ongoing civil war in Afghanistan. Taliban forces have recaptured Afghanistan’s seat of power after the withdrawal of the United States forces, which marks the ‘end’ of its decades-long occupation. As a result, thousands of Afghans rushed to flee the country, while others have sought refuge in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Iran. The untold costs will be laid bare in the decades to come.

History of conflict and instability

The US and its Western allies invaded the country after the 9/11 attacks on the pretext of a war on terror and aggression. Following the war, the US installed a transition government and introduced its notions of ‘democracy’ to an otherwise deeply conservative society. Since then, millions in official development assistance (ODA) have poured into the country to support its reconstruction and nation-building. However, much of this ODA was used for militarism by the transition government and its allies, instead of addressing poverty and exclusion aggravated by the ongoing war. The US alone reportedly spent US$2 trillion in Afghanistan, mainly for its military campaign in the region.

Desire for genuine development


Today, Afghanistan ranks 169th out of 189 countries and territories on the UN Human Development Index, and is one of the world’s top producers of opium. Almost half of the Afghan population live below the poverty line (Asian Development Bank, 2020), while foreign contractors ferried oil from the country, officials pocketed government funds, and local warlords presided over the growing opium trade. At this juncture, the increasing costs of militarism and war have forced the US to enter into a peace agreement with the Taliban. However, the haphazard implementation put millions of Afghans – especially the women and girls – at risk.

Afghanistan’s experience shows the continuing folly of promoting development that is not anchored on just peace and people’s rights and aspirations. The absence of due consideration to principles of effective development cooperation: democratic ownership built on the people’s will and interests, transparency, accountability, and shared responsibility, inclusive partnership for development, and a focus on results, in development efforts during occupation has brought the situation where it is today.

Call for international solidarity centred on human rights-based approach (HRBA)

The people of Afghanistan need international solidarity. The international community, including all development actors, must mobilise resources and enable mechanisms in support of the Afghan people suffering from this humanitarian crisis.

CPDE welcomes the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for all States not to abandon the Afghan people and to use all means within the bounds of international human rights norms and standards to stop the atrocities. We call on the UN and all States to guarantee the rights of all Afghan citizens.

We demand accountability from the US and urge other States, particularly those who took part in this occupation, to take reparative measures as a matter of moral responsibility. This should include the opening of their borders to the vulnerable people of Afghanistan seeking sanctuary. Concretely, we recommend swift changes on immigration programmes to accommodate all refugees left vulnerable by this development.

We also call on States to provide humanitarian assistance guided by the principles of solidarity, non-conditionality, and international protection aligned with human rights frameworks. Support should be directed towards the people’s needs – not geopolitical interests – and respond to the nexus of humanitarian aid, peace, and development. In the same vein, we call for the ramping up of funding to Afghan civil society organisations focusing on peace and humanitarian initiatives, and for a cessation of military aid that fuels war in conflict-affected areas.

The Taliban-led government should abide by their commitment to upholding Afghanistan’s international human rights treaty obligations and allow the United Nations and independent international observers into the country to monitor and promote the protection of human rights.

Finally, we express solidarity with the people of Afghanistan aspiring for just peace and democracy, gender equality, and self-determination. We are one with the members of Afghan civil society in the struggle for recognition as independent development actors, and respect for human rights. We join them in demanding civic space to perform their societal roles and in calling for the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, ethnic minorities, and journalists, from violence and other harm.

Promoting peace and security in Afghanistan is the responsibility of all stakeholders. With the rest of the world, we stand for social justice and genuine reconciliation in Afghanistan. We advocate for governing institutions that will heal the wounds of their war-torn communities. May the roots of the conflict be addressed, and may they find lasting peace and progress. #

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Call for CPDE Communications Consultants

16. August 2021 - 5:56

To promote its advocacy around effective development cooperation, CPDE produces a wide range of communication materials – from brochures and teasers, to videos and infographics. From time to time, it taps consultants to respond to urgent needs.

If you have the following skills, please email your CV and portfolio of works to (Meg Yarcia, CPDE Communications Manager) with the subject APPLICATION FOR COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT. Following our screening, you may be included in our pool of consultants.

  • Graphic design, illustration, book design
  • Video editing
  • Voice-over
  • Report writing
  • Social media communications
  • Proofreading/editing
  • Photography
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CPDE publishes overview of the Integrated National Financial Frameworks

13. August 2021 - 15:22

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness presents the INFF: Ambitions and Concerns, a paper that presents an overview of the Integrated National Financial Frameworks (INFF).

INFF refers to a country-owned financial framework to strengthen planning processes and support sustainable development financing at the national level. By capturing the entire range of financing instruments and policies available to countries, it offers a space where national governments can review their options to finance their own plans and align financing strategies to long-term national priorities. It can also help prioritise financing policy actions and overcome existing impediments to financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). INFFs are thus seen as the platform to operationalise the Addis Ababa Action Agenda at the national level.

This document introduces the INFFs’ role in financing sustainable development, as well as a civil society perspective on the instrument. It also locates the INFF in the context of Covid-19, and provides a glimpse of the INFF Knowledge Platform as well as a case study of financing sustainable development using the INFF, in Colombia. Finally, it discusses an area of concern, where country ownership might be put at risk with, for instance, the pervasive role of the international community especially the International Financing Institutions (IFIs) in the INFFs.

INFF: Ambitions and Concerns was authored by Marta Ceriani, through a project led by CPDE International CSOs sector’s Luca de Fraia.

Download the document here.#

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CPDE position on the 2021 UN HLPF Ministerial Declaration

6. August 2021 - 7:02

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts remain the key context for the 2021 United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). While civil society organisations (CSOs) often stand in the front lines of pandemic response and despite challenges, CPDE and its members remain steadfast in efforts to contribute to the advancement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as enshrined in the Agenda 2030.

The Ministerial Declaration paints an urgent picture of the challenge before us.  However, we see a gap between the evidence presented at the HLPF, especially the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR), and the reality on the ground based on the evidence gathered by our members. Our findings show that out of the 45 countries covered by the CPDE study, only 46.7% found that budget allocations were aligned to the SDGs; only 60.0% found information on SDG implementation publicly accessible; and only 6.7% had access to funding for increased stakeholder engagement. This differs greatly from the rosy pictures governments often portray during the VNR presentations at the HLPF.

Towards an effective COVID-19 response

While the Ministerial Declaration contains a recognition of the importance of addressing the pandemic and its associated challenges, CPDE is concerned that such recognition does not translate to adequate commitments to address the urgent need for free and equitable access to COVID-19 related technologies and health care services. Our platform reminds that the persistence of COVID-19, the insufficient responses across countries, and the lack of genuine multi-stakeholder collaboration, risks back rolling earlier successes of the SDGs.

We call on governments to implement a COVID-19 response based on global solidarity and ensure that COVID-19 vaccines and medical products are available to everyone worldwide. Intellectual property rights should be suspended temporarily for this purpose, so that production technology and know-how can be shared widely. CPDE emphasises that social and economic recovery efforts must consider the highly uneven impact of the pandemic on different sectors and actors in the economy if they are to be effective. These efforts should prioritise women and all sectors that do not have social protection. Economic stimulus must reach micro, small, and medium enterprises first before big business.

Transparency and accountability in Covid-19-related actions of governments and donors is needed to ensure an inclusive response. It is also important to ensure that civil society knowledge, expertise, and initiative are put to use to address the pandemic. It is therefore critical that governments stop using pandemic containment as a pretext for monitoring and suppressing political dissent.

Download our 20251 CPDE VNR study here. SDGs off-track and under further threat

We provide testimony that poverty rates have increased, reversing the trend of poverty reduction for the first time in decades. We share the concern that the goal of eradicating poverty by 2030 is slipping from our reach, along with the principle of leaving no one behind in our efforts to generate inclusive, sustainable development for all.

The recognition that “the world is a long way off from achieving the goal of peaceful, just and inclusive societies and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions as well as from achieving responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels” must be supported by action at all levels to reverse the trend of shrinking and closing civic space all over the world. While we support the emphasis placed on inclusive development grounded in the realisation of Human Rights for all, this sentiment must extend beyond international declarations and be bolstered at the country and local levels.

We welcome the declaration reaffirming commitment to international cooperation, multilateralism, and solidarity, particularly in line with accelerating multi-stakeholder partnerships that are grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles of Effective Development Cooperation. We welcome and highlight the reaffirmation of “strong political commitment to create an enabling environment at all levels,” mentioned in particular relation to Goal 9 to facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries. However, this should not be limited to Goal 9, but a commitment to be applied across all goals. Along this line we reiterate that there is no enabling environment without structured, transparent, and accountable civil society engagement, particularly of marginalised communities, people, and cultures affected by such development endeavours.

Business-as-usual approaches were insufficient prior to the pandemic, and more so as the world battles multiple crises while trying to get the SDGs on track. We must emphasise the importance of civil society engagement in the 2030 Agenda implementation by formalising and institutionalising CSOs’ participation in governance structures. This requires supporting and strengthening civil society participation through enabling laws, mechanisms, resources, and capacity development for civil society, especially those from marginalised groups.

Development financing that meets country needs

We highlight the Ministerial Declaration’s call to urge developed countries to fulfil their ODA commitments to developing countries and to scale up those efforts to play a meaningful role in eradicating poverty and inequality. We support the urgency to scale up means of implementation for developing countries by mobilising resources for addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the COVID-19 recovery process and overall implementation of the SDGs.

Integrated National Financing Frameworks can serve a valuable purpose as long as they are viewed through, promote, and respect the effectiveness principles. We share the concern that compounding debt burdens might cripple economic recovery and therefore encourage initiatives aimed to reduce or completely remove debt burdens in countries most in need. We welcome the recognition that South-South and Triangular Cooperation can and must make important contributions to the implementation of Agenda 2030, but also that there is a need to improve effectiveness of these cooperation modalities. We also note the reference to processes underway to modernise ODA and in particular the proposal for a new measure on Total Official Support for Sustainable Development. Along this line, we wish to place strong emphasis on the affirmation “that any such measure will not dilute commitments already made.”

With these references in the Ministerial Declaration, CPDE emphasises the democratic ownership of the agenda and the need to translate the 2030 Agenda into local plans, programs, and monitoring efforts together with civil society, and to ensure that local priorities inform national plans and the VNR process.

Governments must review and align national and local budgets according to the country’s SDG strategy and priorities, by implementing participatory budget processes that will make sure the needs of local communities are heard. In reporting progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda, the links between specific policies and programs, budget allocations, and results must be explicitly and clearly mapped out. Systemic barriers to the SDGs at the international level, such as unjust trade and investment treaties, tax competition, and financial deregulation must be fully understood and addressed.

Finally, we reiterate with great emphasis the need to scale up solidarity and urge States to translate the contents of the Ministerial Declaration into real world country-level implementation.#

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The Long Road to Development – VNR Study 2021

9. Juli 2021 - 5:58

Conducted by the global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness in time for the 2021 UN High Level Political Forum, this study presents the perspectives of 109 CSOs from 45 countries and territories on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Voluntary National Reviews, using the lens of effective development cooperation (EDC).

While acknowledging the integration of SDGs in national development planning, respondents suggest weak country ownership and institutional stakeholder engagement, and poor transparency and inclusivity in the SDG processes. They identify major gaps in implementing SDGs, such as the inadequate engagement of CSOs, and note challenges in attaining the goals amidst the COVID-19 crisis. They also offer recommendations to improve SDG implementation, founded on fostering an enabling environment for civil society participation.

The CPDE gratefully acknowledges all individuals and their organisations whose valuable inputs to this year’s VNR survey made this study possible.

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CPDE Report to the Public 2020

9. Juli 2021 - 5:38
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CPDE holds 19th Coordination Committee Meeting

7. Juli 2021 - 9:34

CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) has successfully conducted its 19th Coordination Committee meeting last 6 July 2021.

Every semester, the Coordination Committee gathers coordinators from each of the CPDE’s 14 constituencies: 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).

The 19th Coordination Committee meeting was opened by Marita Gonzalez, CPDE Co-Chair, who spoke on the platform hurdling many challenges, like the rest of the world. She then introduced the members of the Independent Accountability Committee (IAC), Emele Duituturaga, Jan Dereymaeker, Elomo Andela, Anibal Cabrera, noting their work in ensuring transparency and accountability in CPDE work.

The policy and advocacy session, led by Co-Chair Richard Ssewakiryanga, detailed the achievements of CPDE in the last six months while also charting the milestones ahead. Presentations and updates were provided by Matt Simonds and Vitalice Meja, along with inputs and feedback from Luca De Fraia, Diego Lopez, and Georgina Muñoz.

During the first half of this year, CPDE hosted a successful webinar on the results of its multistakeholder study on the effectiveness of Covid response, engage in the Action Area 2.4 or the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) workstream on CSO partnerships, and organized 15 CSOs on the GPEDC monitoring consultations. CPDE has also made progress on the development of a policy instrument on Enabling Civil Society at the OECD Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC). Finally, the platform was able to forward messaging and/or representation in key milestones such as the UN Development Cooperation Forum and the European Development Days, as well as the Financing for Development review forum and OECD DAC-CSO dialogue through its members.

The policy session also covered the upcoming milestones: the GPEDC Steering Committee on 7 to 8 July, 2021, the UN General Assembly, the UN High-Level Political Forum, and the Busan Partnership Forum linked with the GPEDC steering committee meeting. The CC also noted the need for more inclusivity in CPDE policy work, especially through expanded translation and interpretation efforts.

Justin Kilcullen then facilitated the session on CPDE’s program and finance, which featured the presentation of the 2020 Report and 2021 plans by Leo Pura and the 2021 finance update by Maria Teresa Dominong.

The session started with the screening of the CPDE 2020 Report to the Public video. The 2020 report discussed CPDE’s accomplishments regarding all four imperatives: country level mechanisms, CSO DE principles, EDC application in crisis situation, and platform operations.

The discussion on the 2021 plans presented the European Commission Implementation Plan (EC) with activities predicated on improving engagements of CPDE members in development partnerships and increasing support of other development actors to civil society and its positions. The Swedish International Development Agency Implementation Plan (SIDA) focused on activities that forwarded the domestication of the EDC Agenda, CSO Development Effectiveness, and EDC in nexus issues.

Finally, during the governance section chaired by Monica Novillo, CPDE Network Manager Jennifer Padilla reported on the All Secretariats’ Meeting, and outlined the upcoming activities and efforts around policy, communications, capacity development and coordination, country work, and membership.

Discussions on the Co-Chairs selection started with a proposal on behalf of the steering committee for another extension of the current Co-Chairs’ terms, based on the effectiveness of the current dynamic, and the difficulties posed by the pandemic on electing new ones. The body agreed to retain the current set of Co-Chairs and to extend their term for an additional year for the last time.

Besides the abovementioned co-chairs and presentors, the 19th CPDE Coordination Committee Meeting was attended by Emeline Siale (Pacific), Blanche Simonny Abegue (Africa), Izabella Toth (Europe), Malena Fama (LAC), Thilak Kariwayasam (Asia), Chinara Aitbaeva (Asia), Aaron Ceradoy (Migrants), Diego Lopez (Labour), Kurniawan Sabar (Rural), Jiten Yumnam (Indigenous Peoples), Luca De Fraia (ICSOs), and Jenison Urikhimbam (Youth), along with Ex-Officio members Vitalice Meja and Jennifer Malonzo, and regional and sectoral secretariat members Mark Pascual (Task Force on Private Sector Engagement), Sarah Torres (Asia), Cynthia Barasa (Africa), and Anton Martinov (Youth).#

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Effectiveness gaps hinder progress in sustainable development – CPDE VNR study 2021

6. Juli 2021 - 12:38

The global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) has launched its study on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the national level, titled The long road to development: How effectiveness gaps hinder progress in Agenda 2030, last 6 July 2021.

Prepared in time for the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, the document presents the reflections and recommendations of civil society organisations (CSOs) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level, using the lens of effective development cooperation (EDC).

Findings and analysis were based on the results of a survey conducted by CPDE from 27 March to 30 April 2021. A total of 109 CSOs from 45 countries participated, of which all but three are developing countries. CPDE has been conducting the study since 2018.

The framework of the CPDE VNR study looks into the four development effectiveness principles: ownership of development priorities by developing countries, inclusive partnership for development, a focus on results, and transparency and accountability.

Overall, the results of the study show that there is progress on ownership, transparency and accountability, country results framework, and focus on results. Focus on results have the slowest progress.

The study also found that national budgets are not aligned with SDG priorities, SDG results framework were not open to the public, and governments tend to highlight achievements in their SDG reporting while leaving out their shortcomings and failures.

Moreover, most governments were not proactive in disseminating SDG information, some governments consult with CSOs in SDG discussions, but inputs from civil society do not necessarily influence the formulation and implementation of SDG policies.

SDG implementation has been delayed or disrupted by the pandemic and related restrictions such as lockdowns. It did yield notable contingent benefits, such as the formation of multistakeholder partnerships and the promotion of gender equality in national development programmes.

Finally, CSO respondents identified significant gaps in SDG implementation, including the lack of resources for civil society engagement in SDG processes.

Rita Triharyani of Yogyakarta-based Yakkum Rehabilitation Centre spoke on VNR reporting in Indonesia. She shared that Indonesia’s ministry of development and planning has opened an online channel for CSOs and academics to engage in. The VNR draft of Indonesia was opened to consultations. The National Statistics Department of Indonesia has helped in collecting more inclusive data in spite of the pandemic.

However, CSOs are not informed on data aggregation and collection, requirements on which CSOs can participate in consultations is limiting, and only CSOs based in Jakarta are able to participate in draft report consultations due to short-notice of the draft report’s launch. A limited number of organisations working with Persons with Disability engaged in this year’s VNRs, despite the focus on inclusiveness.

CPDE Senior Policy and Liaison Officer Matt Simonds explained that experiences that presented as Indonesia’s VNR experience reflect the same findings by the CPDE VNR 2021 Study. The same is true for Myanmar, as shared by CPDE member Local Resource Center’s Nyi Nyi Aung.

He shared that Burmese civil society space is shrinking, with many CSO leaders detained or in hiding since the takeover of the military regime. The situation, he says, has made it hard to achieve the SDG targets. Assistance to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps is also made difficult by travel restrictions, and humanitarian work has become more challenging. Humanitarian aid amid the COVID-19 situation is also being hindered by the military.

CPDE’s study puts forward the following recommendations to promote meaningful progress in Agenda 2030:

  • Duty-bearers must cooperate with civil society in translating the 2030 Agenda into local plans, programmes, and monitoring efforts.
  • The national SDG review processes must be open to the public, and information dissemination is conducted in a proactive manner that connects with citizens, not just technical experts.
  • Ensure civil society engagement in the 2030 Agenda implementation by formalising and institutionalising CSO participation in governance structures.
  • Respect and protect the rights of all citizens to conduct their independent monitoring and review of the 2030 Agenda, including those who may be critical of state policies and programmes.
  • Map out the links between specific policies, programmes, and budget allocations with results when reporting progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

The study may be accessed via

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PRESS RELEASE: Global civil society to share perspectives on world’s SDG progress

5. Juli 2021 - 6:22

In time for the 2021 United Nations High-Level Political Forum (UN HLPF), the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is presenting civil society perspectives on the global progress in achieving sustainable development, drawing from its study on the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).

The findings have been compiled in a report titled The long road to development: How effectiveness gaps hinder progress in Agenda 2030, which will be launched virtually on 6 July 2021, at 8AM in Buenos Aires, 1PM in Paris, and 7PM Manila.

At the event, speakers will share the reflections and recommendations of CSOs on the VNRs and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level, using the lens of effective development cooperation (EDC). These were drawn from the results of a survey conducted by CPDE last March, participated in by 109 CSOs from 45 countries, all but three of which are developing countries.

The event will be available in English, Spanish, and French, and interested parties may sign up via this link:

Held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council, the High-Level Political Forum is the UN’s main platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs. It especially provides for the active participation of all United Nations member states and state members of specialised agencies towards achieving the goals.

This year, the HLPF aims to be a forum for discussing ways towards a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19, to put the world back on track to realise the 2030 Agenda.

CPDE is an open platform that unites CSOs 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 (Agriculture and Rural Development, Feminist Group, Indigenous Peoples, Faith-Based Organisations, International Civil Society Organisations, Youth, Labour, and Migrants and Diaspora).

To know more, visit, or visit @CSOPartnership on Facebook, @csopartnership on Instagram, and @CSOPartnership_ on Twitter.#


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CPDE All Secretariats’ Meeting 2021 heralds improved ways of working

3. Juli 2021 - 7:26

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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WEBINAR: Development effectiveness from women’s rights and gender equality perspectives

1. Juli 2021 - 8:36

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) – Feminist Group is holding a webinar titled, “Development effectiveness from women’s rights and gender equality perspectives” happening on Monday, 5 July 2021, 5:30PM Bishkek | 1PM Cairo | 4:45PM Kathmandu | 5AM La Paz.

Through the event, the constituency aims to strengthen and deepen feminist lenses in order to make development cooperation work more effective. Speakers include:

Nurgul Dzhanaeva, Global Coordinator of the CPDE Feminist Group, Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan
Rosa Belen Aguirremezkorta, CPDE FG Europe, Centro de Estudios e Investigacionsobre Mujeres, Spain
Monica Novillo, CPDE Feminist Group Latin America and Caribbean, Coordinadora dela Mujer, Bolivia – A Development Effectiveness: Women’s Organizations Story
Valentina Bodrug, CPDE FG Europe, Gender Centru Platform, Moldova – Get to Know Your Target – Take Action: Engage!
Nevine Ebeid, CPDE FG Middle East and Africa, New Women Foundation, Egypt -Advocating Towards A Feminist Approach to Development Effectiveness. A Call to Action: Your Journey Begins Now!
Patricia Blankson Akakpo, CPDE FG Africa, Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana – Women, development effectiveness and COVID – Feminist Group Response
Shanta Laxmi Shrestha, CPDE FG Asia, Beyond Beijing Committee – FG and its engagement in Generation Equality Action Coalitions.

It is available in English, with interpretation to French, Spanish, and Russian. Sign up here. #

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CPDE to launch study on Voluntary National Reviews 2021

23. Juni 2021 - 16:18

The global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is launching its study on the Voluntary National Reviews for 2021 virtually this 6 July 2021, 8am in Argentina, 7pm in the Philippines, and 1pm in France.

Prepared in time for the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, the document presents the reflections and recommendations of civil society organisations (CSOs) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level, using the lens of effective development cooperation (EDC).

Findings and analysis were based on the results of a survey conducted by CPDE from 27 March to 30 April 2021. A total of 109 CSOs from 45 countries participated, of which all but three are developing countries.

To join the event, sign up via this link.

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CPDE to hold its 2021 All Secretariat Meeting

21. Juni 2021 - 9:12

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness is holding its All Secretariats’ Meeting (ASM) this coming June 28, June 30, and July 2, 2021.

Through the virtual activity, CPDE aims to provide updates on key development cooperation and development effectiveness policy issues, understand the situation of its regional and sectoral constituencies, and review past agreements, while fostering their capacities to deliver on commitments around its programmes on promoting effective development cooperation.

The ASM will happen at these times: 5AM Nicaragua | 8AM Argentina | 1PM France | 2PM Kenya & Lebanon | 5 PM Kyrgyzstan | 7PM Philippines & Hong Kong | 11PM Fiji.#

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