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Global Facilitation Group
The Global Facilitation Group (GFG) is an international body providing overview, coordination, political leadership and visibility to the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness. Its concrete tasks are set out in its terms of reference.
The GFG is comprised of 29 member organisations that were nominated and accepted by more than 70 representatives of CSO platforms and networks from around the world, and it facilitates the process, monitors and evaluates the Open Forum’s consultation and multi-stakeholder dialogue process, engages in dialogues with official donors and governments on the issue of enabling environments, and mobilises CSOs from around the world for the Open Forum. At the Global Assembly in Istanbul (September 2010), the GFG composition was expanded to 29, to allow Consortium members an automatic seat in the GFG and increase democratic ownership and legitimacy of the GFG election process.
In January 2011, the GFG elected two organizations who currently sit as co-chairs of the GFG: Emele Duituturaga from Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations and Vazha Salamadze from the Civil Society Institute Georgia
At the Global Assembly in Istanbul 2010, the Open Forum undertook a GFG Nomination Process to renew the membership of the GFG moving into the final phase of the Open Forum process. The current GFG includes:
- AACC - All Africa Conference of Churches (Consortium Member)
- Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR)
- Collectif des ONG pour la Securite Alimentaire et le Developpement Rural (COSADER)
- Réseau des Plateformes Nationales d’ONG d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (REPAOC)
- Uganda NGO Forum
- Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) (Consortium Member)
- China Association for NGO Cooperation
- Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC)
- Korea NGO Council for Overseas Cooperation (KCOC)
- NGO Jahon
- European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD) (Consortium Member)
- Civil Society Institute Georgia
- FoRS (Czech platform of development NGOs)
Latin America and the Caribbean
- Asociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción (ALOP) (Consortium Member)
- Coordinadora Civil de Nicaragua (CC)
- Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas (CSA)
- Unión Nacional de Instituciones para el Trabajo de Acción Social (UNITAS)
Middle East and Northern Africa
- InterAction - American Council for Voluntary International Action (Consortium Member)
- Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC)
International CSO Networks
- Action by Churches Together (ACT)
- CARE International
- CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation
- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
- People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS)
- Plan International
Former GFG members who are no longer serving on this Open Forum group include:
- Caritas Internationalis/International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE)
- South Asian Network for Social and Agricultural Development (SANSAD)
- IBON International (IBON)
- Fédération des Collectifs d’ONG du Mali (FECONG)
- New Zealand Council for International Development
- African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
The Open Forum Consortium
A Consortium of six CSOs was mandated by the Global Facilitation Group at their meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 20 and 21 January 2009 to implement and manage the Open Forum work plan, including fundraising, fund management, outreach and the provision of administrative, technical and logistical support to the Open Forum process. The Consortium includes the following organisations:
- AACC - All Africa Conference of Churches
- Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN)
- European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD)
- InterAction - American Council for Voluntary International Action
- Asociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción (ALOP)
As mentioned above, the five Consortium members are also members of the GFG. The Consortium is fully accountable to the GFG, through a combination of periodic progress reports and joint GFG-Consortium meetings.
Relations and responsibilities within the Consortium are guided by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was adopted at a meeting among Consortium members on 16 April 2009 in Washington, D.C. This MOU sets out principles, reporting obligations as well as guidelines for financial and programmatic management.
Together, the five Consortium members cover outreach activities to all types of CSOs working in development around the globe. Each Consortium member is responsible for a specific world region.
Consortium members will work on the following areas within their respective region:
- undertake the national consultations in their region
- communication and outreach to development CSOs
- support of political dialogue efforts
- fundraising and fund management
- monitoring and evaluation
CONCORD acts as the lead organisation of the Consortium, and in this capacity houses the Open Forum Secretariat and oversees the activities of the Consortium. In addition, CONCORD coordinates fundraising and fund management. Furthermore, CONCORD will be the contracting organisation for CSOs and official donors. When channelling funds to Consortium partners, CONCORD will enter into bilateral agreements with these partners that will set out the purpose of the transfer and reporting requirements.
Coming out of Accra, there are two inter-related global and inclusive CSO processes. This site is dedicated to the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, led by the GFG, to define and promote a global CSO development effectiveness framework, including a set of principles, indicators, implementation guidelines, good practices for accountability mechanisms and minimum standards for enabling conditions.
However, parallel to this is the continuation of the policy and advocacy work of the BetterAid Platform, led by the BetterAid Coordinating Group (BACG), working closely with the Reality of Aid country-level consultations on implementing the AAA, and with the other specific international social movement networks, with a focus on policies and reforms that strengthen the links between aid and development effectiveness for the HLF-4.
The BetterAid Platform and the Open Forum are two distinct, yet complementary global CSO-led processes.
- The Open Forum focuses on how CSOs can improve their own effectiveness as development actors (including by improving the environment that is provided by official donors, governments and other development stakeholders for CSOs).
- The goal of the BetterAid Platform is to monitor and influence the implementation of the AAA (with specific focus on democratic ownership), while broadening the agenda to development effectiveness and addressing this within reform of the international aid architecture.
While both processes are closely linked to the aid and development effectiveness agenda, their mandates, objectives and working methods are distinct and complementary to each other. To reach their goals, both processes will build upon CSO-led consultation processes, at different levels with distinct objectives, and including a coordinated dialogue with official donors, governments and possibly other development stakeholders. Because of the diversity of CSOs and the distinct mandates, the two processes will often include different sets of CSOs in their work. For example:
- The consultations related to the BetterAid agenda, following an advocacy logic, will gather policy-oriented CSOs to monitor and influence implementation of the AAA and contribute to policy directions for the HLF-4.
- The Open Forum will build on the expertise of a much wider mix of CSOs as development practitioners, policy interveners, social mobilisers and constituency-based organisations, and focus on the enabling conditions within and between CSOs and in official donor and government policies that are determinants in CSOs development effectiveness.
In the run-up for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, BetterAid and the Open Forum co-organised a joint meeting to discuss the steps and activities prior to the High Level Forum. This CSO Strategy Meeting took place in Harnosand, Sweden, the 14-15 March 2011. For more information on this activity, please click here
You are invited to visit the BetterAid website for more information on their work and contributions to the ongoing CSO development effectiveness process.