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Last CPDE Newsletter for 2021 out now!

16. Dezember 2021 - 9:07

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness has released its last newsletter for 2021, covering its engagements from September to December, including the COP26 in Glasgow, the 2021 Global Partnership Forum in Busan, and the side events it co-hosted in time for the Global People’s Assembly.

The issue also features the conduct of the CSO Development Effectiveness/Istanbul Principles Implementation Review, the release of the CPDE Handbook on Private Sector Engagement, the launch of the 10 Days of Action on Human Rights and Civic Space, and the CPDE Communications Workshop.

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Call for Expressions of Interest: CPDE 10 Days of Action for Human Rights and Civic Space

7. Dezember 2021 - 9:59

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) welcomes expressions of interest from its country focal points to implement an activity under the 10 Days of Action for Human Rights and Civic Space, from December 10-19, 2021, in time for the International Human Rights Day.

Through this initiative, CPDE aims to highlight the continued pattern of shrinking civic space around the world, made even worse by the pandemic situation. 

As expressed in the Belgrade Call to Action, CPDE and its allies led by CIVICUS, Action for Sustainable Development, Civic Initiatives, and the Balkan Civil Society Development Network, ask United Nations member-states to act to reverse the closing and shrinking space for civil society, to stop the attacks on human rights defenders and the undermining of democratic participation, and to renew the prospects for an inclusive agenda 2030, and the full realisation of the SDGs. Moreover, in light of Covid-19 and the findings of our multi-stakeholder research on Covid response effectiveness, duty-bearers must create an enabling environment for civil society and people’s organisations, which play a crucial role in responding to the crisis and its impacts.

Here are some activities that can be organised in line with this call:

  • A webinar/online event on human rights and shrinking civic space
  • Production of artwork/literature/videos/social media cards/infographics

Following a review of the Global Secretariat, CPDE will provide financial support for any such action, from USD1,000 to USD2,000, to be sent upon proof of action completion by next year. This is meant to serve as additional support to promote your existing country work. Simply email CPDE Communications Manager (myarcia@csopartnership.org) and Network Manager Jodel Dacara (jdacara@csopartnership.org) your concept note with the title EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – 10 DAYS OF ACTION ON HR AND CIVIC SPACE.#

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Call for Consultancy for the Global Synthesis Report

7. Dezember 2021 - 4:50

CALL FOR CONSULTANCY: CPDE Private Sector Watch – Global Synthesis Report

The CPDE Private Sector Engagement Task Force (PSE TF) is looking for a consultant for its Global Synthesis Report on private sector engagement in development cooperation.

The CPDE PSE TF aims to produce a Global Synthesis Report that identifies the key findings, and provides analysis and recommendations based on the constituencies’ case study researches for the Private Sector Watch.

Background

The Global Synthesis Report is part of the CPDE Private Sector Watch initiative, an online repository of information featuring case study researches from CPDE implementing units from across the globe on private sector engagement in development cooperation.

The case study research will look into specific initiatives at the national or sub-national levels where private sector entities are partnering with governments, including its impact on specific sectors of society (i.e. women, youth, indigenous peoples, farmers, workers, etc.).

Objectives of the Consultancy

  1. To proofread and summarize key findings of case study researches
  2. To produce a global synthesis report highlighting key findings, analysis and recommendations on private sector engagement in development cooperation
  3. To write a two-page executive summary based on the full report

Qualifications

  1. Academically trained to provide analysis and recommendations
  2. Must have a development studies background
  3. Familiar with the development cooperation, SDGs implementation and other development studies communications or any other relevant social sciences
  4. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in working with CSOs and cross-cultural working environments

Expressions of interest, which includes a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and sample work, are to be submitted to Tala Batangan, Interim Coordinator of the CPDE PSE TF, at tbatangan@realityofaid.org. The deadline of submission is on December 15, 2021, 6:00 PM Manila.

 

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Reflections on COP26

3. Dezember 2021 - 8:06

by Josefina Villegas, CPDE Policy and Membership Coordinator

In 2019, CPDE incorporated the climate finance agenda as part of its main advocacy arenas, recognizing the increasing relevance of climate mitigation and adaptation processes in development discourse as well as the impacts of climate change affecting communities and member constituencies.

That year COP25 was under the presidency of Chile, but due to social movements and civil uprising coinciding with the expected dates for the conference, the Spanish government took the role of hosts for the 25th edition of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention or UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), which took place in Madrid instead. That year, CPDE held a study conference on the sidelines of the official event, with the objective of developing an initial scoping and policy positioning on climate finance and EDC interlinkages.

COP26 was to be held in 2020 and had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That year represented a crucial point in negotiations to meet the objectives set by the Paris Agreement (PA) on climate mitigation. Countries were expected to submit their National Determined Contributions (NDCs), meaning the road map to the commitments on GHG reduction. Relevant agreements had to be made regarding the rule book for the implementation of certain articles of the Paris Agreement, related to carbon markets and the way targets were to be met and – most specifically – measured and counted upon.

With the UK as President (in partnership with Italy), COP26 finally took place in Glasgow, Scotland from 31 October-13 November 2021. Despite efforts made to communicate the conference being an “inclusive” event, uneven access to vaccination made in person engagement limited and restrictive for parties and other stakeholders, particularly affecting indigenous people’s representation.

CPDE engaged both at the official event as well as during the civil society led People’s Summit for Climate Justice through a delegation composed by Co-Chair Beverly Longid and Global Secretariat team members Josefina Villegas and Glenis Balangue. The objectives of getting firsthand information on current climate finance discussions as well as an updated stakeholder map; becoming familiar with other CSOs efforts and establishing contacts with organisations working on proposals for a just transition were met. We noticed a significant lack of an effective development approach to the discussions, from both official parties and private sector proposals. Even for the CSO panels on climate finance the EDC principles were not usually contemplated or brought up in a very clear, straight forward way.

Under the call and urge to scale up climate mitigation and adaptation finance through – mainly – leveraging private sector investment, and despite a blurry rhetoric on decarbonizing the economy and phasing out from “inefficient” fossil fuels, COP26 did meet some of the expectations in terms of arriving to agreements on the rule book for the PA and the increased commitment towards adaptation finance. Countries have been reporting and updating on their NDCs more frequently, which should indicate increasing political and economic interest towards this agenda. Despite this, the GHG reduction these pledges represent would not bring the world close to the 1.5º above pre-industrial aim.

In this context, demands for increased ambition on mitigation targets, as well as scaling up efforts towards adaptation finance but also debt cancelation for the Global South by all creditors, grant-based climate finance for the Global South and reparations for loss and damage are all at the center of CSOs claims on climate change. One of our key assessments from COP26 is that there seems to be a significant opportunity to grow political momentum for EDC by bridging it to climate finance and the interlinkages with the SDGs discussions and negotiations. The discussions about a Just Transition, and the development of new and clean technologies are lacking an approach from an EDC perspective. In this same line, there are no clear regulatory frameworks for private sector involvement in climate mitigation and adaptation, despite the very concrete encouragement for public money to keep on contributing to leveraging private sector investments for meeting the Paris Agreement mandate.

A suggestion to the Climate Finance Task Force is to anticipate our engagement for COP27 (to be held in Egypt) as early as the beginning of 2022, in order to discuss and decide on pre-summit activities to prepare the ground as well as to maximize opportunities and resources. That same strategy should contemplate feeding into a plan to raise CPDE involvement on Climate Finance and EDC issues within the GPEDC discussions, in line with the upcoming HLM 2022.#

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CPDE Feminist Group to hold training on CSO development effectiveness principles

25. November 2021 - 8:02

The Feminist Group (FG) of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is organising a three-day global training, “Recognition of CSO development effectiveness principles,” in four languages, for women’s organisations.

Through the activity, the sector aims to increase women’s organisations’ development effectiveness (DE) by reinforcing the application and recognition of CSO DE principles in women’s rights organisations.

The training will be held virtually in the English language with the provision of interpretation in French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.

Trainers include:

  • Patricia Blankson Akakpo, CPDE FG Africa, Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana;
  • Shanta Laxmi Shrestha, CPDE FG Asia, Beyond Beijing Committee
  • Valentina Bodrug, CPDE FG Europe, Gender Centru Platform, Moldova
  • Nurgul Dzhanaeva. Global Coordinator of the CPDE Feminist Group, Forum of Women’s NGOs of Kyrgyzstan

 

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CSO Development Effectiveness Review

23. November 2021 - 8:01

CPDE conducted a survey of the implementation of Istanbul Principles, a guide for promoting development effectiveness in civil society organisations (CSOs). Here are our members’ thoughts on how they have upheld the Principles!

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CPDE joins 2021 Busan Global Partnership Forum

22. November 2021 - 8:39

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE joined the 2021 Busan Global Partnership Forum held in Seoul, South Korea last November 18 to 29, 2021.

Organised by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the event promotes development effectiveness amid Covid-19 as key to achieving the SDGs.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, a groundbreaking agreement that set out shared principles for development effectiveness and endorsed by a broad range of governments, civil society organisations, private sector and other actors. The Busan Partnership agreement led to the establishment of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), a multi-stakeholder forum for driving progress on development effectiveness. CPDE represents civil society in the GPEDC.

Through the forum, GPEDC sought to achieve the following objectives:

  • reflect on progress in implementing the Busan Partnership Agreement and explore the challenges of promoting development effectiveness in the context of Covid-19;
  • showcase new ideas and exciting initiatives that are delivering results at country level; and
  • contribute to the discussion on how GPEDC should evolve to respond to the current context and maximise its contribution to Agenda 2030.

Luca de Fraia, of the CPDE International CSOs sector and ActionAid Italy, served as a panelist at the session on Innovative and Inclusive Partnerships, which was heavily driven by discussions on innovation and digital technologies, along with Covid-19.

He explained how CPDE developed a conceptual framework reflecting on the importance of the effectiveness principles in a crisis like Covid-19. Last March, CPDE released its global, multistakeholder study on Covid response, using the lens of effective development cooperation.

Luca highlighted to areas in the conversation: alignment with country plans, and promotion of a human-rights based-approach:

“The best option to address this kind of situation is to make sure that the responses to a crisis like COVID-19 are aligned with country priorities, that such responses are embedded as much as possible in countries’ plans to realize SDGs- embedded in country frameworks and country systems. The partnerships we need to address a crisis like a Covid pandemic must be rooted in such a principle.”

He also said that duty-bearers must make sure that social distancing policies – one of the key measures in the Covid response – are implemented in way to safeguard most basic rights such as a freedom of association and speech.

Meanwhile, CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid is a panelist atthe Development effectiveness in fragile contexts session, where she shared the platform’s work on the triple nexus. She said that CPDE believes in the potential of development partnerships to address the interrelated issues of peace, development and humanitarian crisis.

“Instead of providing ‘quick fix’ and stopgap measures, partnerships for sustainable development need to take into account the structural determinants of conflict and the unique challenges of development in fragile contexts. In the platform’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, nexus issues were identified as a policy objective that we will focus on,” she added.

CPDE presents the following recommendations for upholding development effectiveness amid conflict and fragility:

  • Understanding the Triple Nexus: Promote a common understanding of the Triple Nexus among actors in the three pillars, among multistakeholder platforms and across countries; this understanding and interpretation must be rooted in local contexts and concrete analysis of situations of conflict and fragility
  • Addressing concerns: Ensure meaningful participation of civil society, especially in situations where governments are parties to conflict/s; special attention should also be given to empowering national minorities, LGBTQI, the disabled, and elderly to be able to participate in the process of design, implementation, and assessment of the Triple Nexus.
  • Relating to the bigger political context: The nexus approach must be coupled with vibrant work of, and partnerships among, governments, private sectors and CSOs wherever possible to push for the recommendations arrived at in using the Triple Nexus as a frame of analysis and action.
  • Relating to the global aid regime: Financing for the Triple Nexus should be scaled up, together with ODA allocated for this purpose. DE principles should be upheld; pursue the opportunities created by the discourse on the Triple Nexus to open up discussions on democratic governance of International Financial Institutions and an end to policy conditionality in relation to aid.

To learn more about the forum, visit this page on the GPEDC website.

 

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CPDE joins COP26 Event ‘Tax the Rich, Save the Planet’

15. November 2021 - 15:31

On Monday, November 8th, CPDE participated in the COP26 People’s Summit event in Glasgow, Tax the Rich, Save the Planet. The event was organised with the purpose of calling for a global tax and economic system that delivers equity and makes reparation for the exploitation of people and the planet.

Inspired by the biblical figure Zacchaeus, a chief tax-collector in Jericho that was morally transformed with the guidance of Jesus to give away half of all he possessed, the event mostly featured interventions by faith-based leaders critical of the deeply unequal neoliberal economic system. 

Reparations were central to the discussion. Priya Lukka, an economist in international development at Goldsmiths University in London, stressed the importance of decolonizing the global financial system and posed the question on the ethos of reparation – how to dismantle the current financial system that produces billionaires. She suggested the implementation of a financial transactions tax and debt cancellation for countries of the global south. 

Mariana Paoli, Global Advocacy Lead at Christian Aid, shed light on the concept of a climate damage tax that follows a ‘polluter pays’ principle, in other words, the world’s largest polluting entities should have to pay the highest damage tax to fund climate adaptation in the worst-affected and most vulnerable regions. 

Reverend David Haslam of the Church Action on Tax Justice strongly advocated for a wealth tax to provide substantial funds for climate finance, citing The Tax Justice Network that estimates 30% of the world’s GDP goes to tax havens (between $21 and $32 trillion).

Glenis Balangue, CPDE’s head of Capacity Development spoke on the need to uphold the effectiveness agenda in the conversation. She outlined CPDE’s efforts in calling for effectiveness in climate finance, which not only regards how money is spent but also how money is generated. Glenis closed her remarks by raising the question on the possibility of engaging the OECD in relation to its new deal of a 15% minimum corporate income tax on the issue of progressive taxation and climate reparations.

The CPDE Task Force on Effectiveness in Climate Finance is composed of member organisations that work with interested civil society organisation (CSO) allies to articulate the linkages between effective development cooperation (EDC) and climate finance from a civil society perspective.

CPDE is still participating in more Southern-led actions at COP26. Follow us here and on social media for more updates.

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CPDE joins workshop for People’s Summit for Climate Justice during COP26

15. November 2021 - 15:15

Last November 9, 2021, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness joined allied people’s movements in Glasgow for a workshop titled “From Grassroots Resistance towards Revolutionary Reconstruction: Visions from the Ground of the World We Want to Create”.

This workshop for People’s Summit for Climate Justice was held both physically in Glasgow and virtually through Zoom with the goal of gathering and promoting visions and demands of peoples from the grassroots towards a world that is socially just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable.

While government and industry leaders, climate experts and civil society convene in Glasgow to chart forward the fate of the world for the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), grassroots insights, inputs and initiatives are notably absent, if not intentionally sidelined and disregarded.

Discussions around the right to develop, common but differentiated responsibilities, just transition, resource mobilization by global powers for adaptation, and reparations for loss and damages are downplayed. Degrowth, decarbonization, and divestment ring the halls of universities and governments, while conversations around hallmarks of especially Global South grassroots resistance such as collective action, direct engagement, and revolution are hushed. Additionally, radical alternatives are dismissed without understanding their transformative potential.

The event was organised by the International League of Peoples Struggle – an anti-imperialist and democratic formation of people’s movements, organizations, along with its partner organisations and formations – the Southern Peoples’ Action on COP26 – a campaign formation of Global South grassroots organisations for COP26 – the Global Tapestry of Alternatives (GTA), an initiative seeking to create solidarity networks and strategic alliances amongst all these alternatives on local, regional and global levels, and Adelante, a group of eight global networks for collective and solidarity action in the future.

The hour-and-a-half-long activity featured discussions on “The Liberating Potential of a People’s Green New Deal” by Dr. Max Ajl, an associated researcher with the Tunisian Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment and a postdoctoral fellow with the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University. He described a vision of a just world with overall developmental and environmental convergence, one shared by many movements, from agroecologists to liberation movements, and how we need to overcome the massive obstacles – imperialism, militarism and colonialism – to achieve this.

Ashish Kothari from The Global Tapestry of Alternatives (GTA) then talked about “Weaving a Tapestry of Radical Alternatives,” emphasising the need to concretely link the system of injustice to demands that show constructive alternatives. He also identified other gaps that movements face such as collaboration and promotion of radical alternatives, which the GTA is trying to fill or fulfill. He called on people to be aware of false, partial, and post-truth solutions of the dominant system such as net-zero carbon, technofixes, and market mechanisms. He said it is time to choose a radical path of alternatives that includes:

  • resistance to all forms of oppressions (to capitalism, state domination, patriarchy, racism, human-centeredness, etc.). It is about changing our ways of being, knowing, doing, dreaming
  • a pluriverse of constructive solutions including agroecology/permaculture, biocivilisation, degrowth, transition, commons, ecofeminism, ecosocialism, solidarity economy, etc.

Finally, he spoke on filling the gaps and creating links between resistance and construction of alternatives, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural learning and collaboration, documentation and promotion of radical alternatives, enabling environment and democratic spaces for voices of grassroot communities, and space for other species and earth as a whole.

These speeches were followed by a panel discussion aimed at sharing visions from the ground. The panel shared how they are resisting the dominant, unjust, imperialist, colonial, patriarchal, and militarist system. It included “Indigenous Peoples’ Experience and Alternatives” by Thum Ai from Myanmar Mining Watch, “Confronting False Climate Solutions” by Helda Khasmy from Sarikat Perempuan Indonesia, “Adaptation, Loss and Damage” by Ruth Nyambura from Coastal Development Partnership-in Bangladesh, “Feminist Agroecology” by Ruth Nyambura from African Ecofeminists collective, and “Urban Grassroots Organizing”, by Justin Kenrick from Grassroots2Global. All of them shared their visions, experiences, and best practices from the ground.

The Open Forum following these presentations was a venue for participants to discuss further all the above-mentioned topics. IBON International Climate Justice Programme’s Ivan Enrile insisted that while we are pushing for alternatives, the struggle for political power should be pursued because it is critical to make the changes that we wish to happen, and this power must not be left to the elite.

The closing remarks were were delivered by GTA’s Vasna Ramasar, and Beverly Longid, CPDE Co-Chair and Indigenous People Sector Representative, who noted that although more effort is needed in terms of cross-cultural translation and there were missed opportunities for speakers who were unable to come to the COP26, there is a critical importance for such discussion on resisting false solutions and the need to create alternatives at the grassroot level in different parts of the world.

You can watch the recording of the event here.

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CPDE to hold learning session on private sector engagement

9. November 2021 - 15:30

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness is holding a learning session on Private Sector Engagement in Development Cooperation this Thursday, November 11 at 8AM Buenos Aires | 12NN Paris | 7PM Manila.

Available in English, French, and Spanish, the activity provides an opportunity for all CPDE members to delve into the different areas of private sector engagement advocacy issues as a platform, including the CSO Handbook on Monitoring Private Sector Engagement (PSE) in Development Cooperation and Private Sector Watch Online Hub.

The learning session also aims to establish expectations, address questions or concerns around the civil society platform’s private sector accountability advocacy, and promote peer learning through the sharing of experiences, best practices, and critical perspectives.

Interested parties may register for the session here: https://bit.ly/PSLearningSession.#

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In focus: Advancing inclusive and participatory policy dialogue through regional coordination of country initiatives

3. November 2021 - 6:18

In the Arab Region, advocacy efforts that raise civil society concerns resulted in more inclusive and participatory policy dialogue moving away from consultations that mostly have a government’s selective approach and limited scope of civil society engagement. The strategic partnership ANND has with CPDE and its ongoing work on development effectiveness have significantly contributed to this achievement.

ANND has engaged in monitoring, research and advocacy work in relation to Agenda 2030 and has implemented several activities at national, regional and international levels. This included developing capacity building materials for awareness-raising and policy engagement around A2030. The regional platform also organised national multi-stakeholder meetings on sustainable development and regional meetings for civil society to formulate recommendations and advocacy for the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development process. ANND has also actively engaged in the High-Level Political Forum through the process for monitoring the implementation of the Agenda 2030 through voluntary national reviews, and by developing civil society spotlight reports, organising side events and engaging members at spaces available for civil society engagement. On the other hand, being part of the Reflection Group and other international coordination groups like Action for Sustainable Development, ANND has also echoed civil society concerns on achieving sustainable development at international level. In the last few years, CPDE related work was undertaken in a systematic way, integrated within ANND’s five strategic objectives. This resulted in direct linkages of outcomes achieved from national, regional and international activities.

Assessment undertaken on the implementation of A2030 and its Goals was directly linked to the ongoing partnership between ANND-CPDE. ANND raised relevant points on the development effectiveness agenda and A2030 in its participation in the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development 2021. Likewise, the activities of its members at the national level reflect the same regarding civil society’s role in achieving development, partnerships and accountability. 

Overall, ANND’s work contributed to civil society’s efforts in improving the regional process of monitoring A2030 implementation. This was done by engaging in discussions and organising side events at important regional and global events. Research work on the development effectiveness (DE) principles has been supported by CPDE. ANND also contributed in CPDE’s global effort to investigate the effectiveness of COVID response. The regional platform worked on 5 case studies on Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and Algeria. The cases contributed to CPDE’s global report aimed at developing policy recommendations especially on development cooperation, human rights and social justice.

Know more about ANND’s work via this link.#

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CPDE brings climate finance advocacy to COP26

28. Oktober 2021 - 11:27

Global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) will be participating in the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as Conference of Parties or COP26, to be held 31 October – 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Gathering United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) member countries, COP26 is a summit where world leaders, tens of thousands of negotiators, the private sector, and citizens seek to reach agreements on tackling climate change.

CPDE aims to bring civil society voices to the event, especially around a climate finance agenda anchored in development effectiveness principles and the human rights-based approach.

The platform incorporated the climate finance agenda as part of its main advocacy arenas, under the objective of promoting the development effectiveness agenda in financing climate actions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A Task Force composed by member organisations works with interested civil society organisation (CSO) allies to articulate the linkages between effective development cooperation (EDC) and climate finance from a civil society perspective.

CPDE’s first engagement at COP took place during COP25 in Madrid, 2019, where CPDE held a study conference attended by regional and sectoral representatives towards an initial scoping and policy positioning on climate finance and EDC interlinkages.

The CPDE delegation to COP26 consists of CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid, Capacity Development Coordinator Glenis Balangue, Policy and Membership Coordinator Josefina Villegas, Steering Committee member Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo, and Climate Finance Task Force Lead Ivan Phell Enrile.

From Glasgow, CPDE will be reporting its activities around COP26 via this website, and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.#

 

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CPDE holds Communications Workshop

26. Oktober 2021 - 13:34

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Global Secretariat led a two-day Communications Workshop for members and partners across regions, constituencies, and task forces last 19th and 21st of October.

Through the event, CPDE aimed to help build each other’s skills in developing and implementing a communications strategy, introduce tools and resources that members can use for Effective Development Cooperation-related communications work, and create a space to share best practices, experiences, and concerns around CPDE-related communications.

Day 1

CPDE Capacity Development Coordinator Glenis Balangue kicked off Day 1 with welcome remarks, while CPDE Network Manager Jennifer Padilla talked about the CPDE rebrand which sought to reflect CPDE’s unique mission as a global civil society platform .

She was followed by CPDE Communications and Capacity Development Officer Daniela Sepulveda, who spoke about improving coordination across the platform to amplify collective CSO voices in CPDE-related communications work. More specifically, the presentation outlined different ways in which members could share resources and know-how to collaborate on social media and reach out to media outlets.

CPDE Communications Officer Fanny Porot then delivered a presentation summarising Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) principles and techniques for effective website management. She provided practical information on writing compelling stories in the age of shorter attention spans, and increasing site traffic through the use of the right keywords, tags, and hyperlinks, and meta-descriptions.

For his part, CPDE Webmaster Alvin Villamor demonstrated how to stream webinars and how to upload information onto the CPDE website while maximising viewership through proper tagging and categorisation.

Two CPDE members then generously shared their best practices and experiences in communications work: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), through Alain Rodriguez, and Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN), through Simona Mladenovska. Specifically, Alain shared ITUC’s communication trajectory for the #Timefor8 campaign calling for real action on SDG 8 and the need for a new social contract.

Day 2

The second day of the workshop was more interactive with participants being encouraged to comment on their experiences and best practices.

CPDE Communications Manager Meg Yarcia delivered an extensive presentation on Building a Communications Strategy where she outlined the different parts of a communications strategy and plan, and tips in crafting messages and engaging one’s audience. She also provided links to a more detailed guide to creating a communications strategy along with a sample communications plan.

Towards the end of her session, Matt Simmonds, CPDE’s Senior Policy and Liaison, made a brief intervention, elaborating on CPDE’s Effective Development Cooperation (EDC) advocacy and how we engage in different policy arenas.

Finally, Karl Castro, an artist and designer who has collaborated with CPDE for various communication materials on EDC shared a presentation on Design Thinking titled, “One with our audience: Notes on art and design for meaningful conversations.”

In his session, he encouraged participants to think outside the box and step out of their comfort zones when drawing up communication materials. Beyond talking about aesthetics, Karl delved into a holistic approach that reflects on the interactive nature of materials, whether the material produced is empowering and whether it opens space for conversations, among other considerations. He particularly emphasized that “design is not how it looks, but how it works”.

The two-day workshop was moderated by CPDE Finance Manager Maty Dominong.

Available in English, French and Spanish, the recordings and presentations may be viewed here. #

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CSO Handbook on Private Sector Engagement out now!

15. Oktober 2021 - 4:57

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, in partnership with the Reality of Aid Network, has published the CSO Handbook on Private Sector Engagement.

Divided into two parts, the material serves to equip CSOs with both the conceptual and basic technical know-how in monitoring private sector engagements (PSEs) in development cooperation.

The first introduces the reader to Private Sector Engagement and the Kampala Principles, which lay down broad strategies for PSE in development cooperation. The second part turns to a more technical discussion on how CSOs can monitor PSE at the country and sub-country level.

With the help of this handbook, it is hoped that CSOs themselves will be able to produce monitoring reports and integrate them within their respective advocacies and, ultimately, help ensure that private sector actors engaged in development cooperation are accountable to the people.

Download the handbook here.#

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SAVE THE DATE: CPDE Communications Workshop 2021

11. Oktober 2021 - 8:26

The global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is holding a communications workshop online, this October 19 and 21, 2021.

CPDE organised the event in response to the members’ different levels of skills and access to resources for communications around the Effective Development Cooperation (EDC) advocacy: many constituencies have had successes in conducting communications work, while others face some challenges. Promising technologies and spaces have also been emerging and need to be explored.

Through the event, CPDE aims to:
•    help build each other’s skills in developing and implementing a communications plan/strategy
•    provide an introduction to the tools and resources members can use for EDC-related communications work
•    create a space for information/best practices exchange around CPDE/civil society communications

The activity will be available in English, Spanish, and French, and several sessions will be open to all members. To register, visit this link.

More announcements to be posted soon. #

 

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In focus: CPDE’s partnership with the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS)

1. Oktober 2021 - 9:15

In Fiji, CPDE’s support in terms of capacity building, monitoring and participation in policy spaces such as that at the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) has been instrumental in catalysing work in public finance, localisation in humanitarian financing and response, national and regional trade discussions, and overall development discourse.

Since the 2019 VNR, Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) efforts to work closer with CSOs and the Fijian government to ensure better coordination across various development sectors have significantly increased. FCOSS has taken up projects on public finance management and have used our experience from 2019 VNR to try and improve how communities and CSOs are engaging across various development sectors with the relevant government agencies and ensuring better outcomes for grassroots communities.

CPDE contributed to FCOSS participation at country level by supporting the work on Human Rights monitoring at the community level, and through the GPEDC third monitoring round support which enabled FCOSS to bring in affiliates and begin discourse on EDC monitoring at sub-national level. A lot of the learning from CPDE work was directed into Public Finance Management work with PIANGO – the regional CPDE secretariat for the Pacific – and this is now into the second year of implementation. The work with CPDE is linked to localising humanitarian assistance which has continued with the support of PIANGO and the Australian Humanitarian Partnership consortium of Plan International Australia and Childfund Australia.

In terms of organisational efforts in influencing local, national and regional development actors’ behaviors, in 2021, Fiji CSOs were able to present concrete budget submissions directly to the Minister for Finance through a 2 hours virtual consultation process and Q&A session. This is significant as there had been no pre-National Budget Announcement consultations in the last 15 years. After that, FCOSS was asked to help organise a dialogue between the Fiji Govt, CSOs and UN Forum on humanitarian response coordination. This discussion was attended by Australian and New Zealand government representatives, the country’s biggest donors. Further, FCOSS helped plan and organise the country-level consultation on a regional development pathway called the Pacific 2050 strategy and later engaged in regional level discussions. Amongst other priorities, the need for better EDC monitoring and coordination was advocated in this arena.

In this context, the support of CPDE towards FCOSS participation in VNR at the UN and other advocacy events in NY have contributed to building traction around our national CSO messages[U2] . This helped change the attitudes/perceptions of Pacific governments and international NGOs who are direct partners in FCOSS’ work. Working indirectly has had its positive impacts where these partners are beginning to share civil society’s advocacy messages in negotiation spaces with development actors. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement as Covid-19 caused a regression of these gains.

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