On Friday 20th of April, Oxfam America and the OECD hosted an event on “Fulfilling the Promise of Busan: Moving from Principles to Impact”, during the 2012 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings.
Multi-stakeholder speakers – from the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, the World Bank, developing countries partners, Southern providers and civil society - addressed the political importance and meaning of the commitments made by the international development community last December in Busan, as well as how would they move forward to accomplish them. Some of the questions addressed included:
- How can we ensure the political change necessary to meet policy commitments?
- How will different countries operationalize "shared principles, common goals and differential commitments" for effective development and ensure everyone is working from the same page?
- How can we ensure that cooperation towards development effectiveness fulfills rights and addresses both political and technical development challenges?
Among the interesting points panelists pointed out on post-Busan commitments, we focus on the intervention of Mr. Katsuji Imata, Acting Secretary General of CIVICUS. Mr. Imata highlighted the importance for civil society worldwide to develop enabling environment indicators as a fundamental tool to “empower people to say what they have to say” at a moment where space for civil society is shrinking.
The full event webcast including questions from the audience and related materials and resources are available in Oxfam’s website:
_To see the webcast video, click here
_To read the blog post by Gregory Adams on “How to keep score when donors make promises”, click here
_Download the resource materials of the event:
- Monitoring Implementation of the Busan Partnership Agreement: Why “Global Light” and “Country-Focussed” Must Work Together Effectively
- Following through on Busan: How global monitoring drives country-level policy change
- Global and National Aid Accountability: How can they reinforce each other? Ghana Case Study