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Open Forum is enthusiastic to welcome a new regional initiative on civil society development effectiveness - the Central Africa CSO Effectiveness Working Group - and share its inspirational contribution to the Open Forum blog!
Central Africa CSO Effectiveness Working Group - Vision, Mission, and Objectives
by Central Africa CSO Effectiveness Working Group
The key message out of Busan 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) was to help bring the global development effectiveness partnership to life. Calls to do just that have been particularly well-received in Central Africa, as testifies the 10-head-strong group that was part of the recent Nairobi Conference, held on 12th and 13th July 2012. Indeed considerable discussions took place at this important gathering, attended by representatives from Cameroon, Gabon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tchad. The meeting provided regional participants with added impetus, both to refresh and follow-up on their initial commitments to the wider framework for debate, action and reflexion around aid in particular, and development effectiveness by and large. The Central Africa CSO Effectiveness Working Group hence comes as a direct result of strong mobilisation to align regional development effectiveness agendas with improving global standards. As of now, its main objectives thus include:
- Speak with one voice on the issue of aid effectiveness;
- Advocate strongly for citizen participation in poverty reduction policy-making frameworks;
- Present and encompass the need for a Central African approach to development effectiveness, by acting and speaking as one in key consultation forums;
- Promote country-by-country development effectiveness profiling;
- Contribute pertinently to a constructive dialogue with partner institutions and stakeholders (EU, AfDB, other regional groups, etc);
- Push forth the agenda for a fully functional Central Africa Secretariat
Over the course of the next few months, and under the presidency of PLANOSCAM’s Ms Christine Andela, the Group is expected to be joining number of regional consultations, chief among which will be our much anticipated participation at the Africities Summit in Senegal, on 6 December 2012.
Added to this, considerable emphasis will be placed on deepening our ownership of the Busan Partnership Document, spurred on the one hand by the eight Istanbul Principles, and on the other hand by International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness.
In a nutshell our efforts should consist of engaging in multistakeholder dialogue at national, regional and international levels, and communicating Group action where possible to the Open Forum and other Civil Society exchange platforms.
As natural citizen champions, a noteworthy deployment of the aforementioned action will be aimed at citizen roundtables, results of which will be fed back through the appropriate channels.
Contact: ca.csoeffect.comms gmail.com