New Zealand civil society participate at Busan

The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness is an important meeting for civil society organisations as well as for governments.

Dr Wren Green, the Director of the Council for International Development, will lead the New Zealand Civil Society delegation to Busan.

New Zealand non-government organisations have been discussing and contributing to the global aid and development effectiveness agenda for Busan.

The Council for International Development hosted workshops in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland exploring the development and aid issues that will be discussed at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness to keep New Zealand organisations up-to-date on international developments.

“Over the last 18 months there has been a huge global effort by civil society to agree a set of principles that set out how civil society can contribute to the aid effectiveness agenda. These have now been adopted by civil society organisations and are known as the Istanbul principles,” Dr Green said.

The Istanbul principles are designed to guide the international development work and practices of civil society organisations. The eight principles commit civil society organisations to:

  1. Respect and promote human rights and social justice
  2. Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women and girl’s rights
  3. Focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation
  4. Promote environmental sustainability
  5. Practice transparency and accountability
  6. Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity
  7. Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning
  8. Commit to realising positive sustainable change

For the first time civil society will be involved in the High Level Forum as delegates, creating an unprecedented opportunity for the sector to engage with governments directly on the aid effectiveness agenda.

“The big issue globally is what governments and all players can do to drive development effectiveness. For non-government organisations this includes improving the ‘enabling environment’ for civil society to be better able to contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequalities within country-led development. Conditions such as freedom of association, international human rights and freedom of expression are some of the ‘enabling environment’ needs if civil society organisations are to hold governments to account for development outcomes and make useful contributions themselves,” Dr Green said.

The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness runs from 29 November to 1 December.

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