Creation of Global CSO Partnership

In response to the emerging post-Busan architecture, and in order to better capitalize on the synergies and coordination between the two global CSO development effectiveness processes, Open Forum and BetterAid together with CSOs across the globe worked to establish a new Global CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). This CSO initiative was the response to the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and civil society’s significant role therein.

To establish this global CSO platform, BetterAid and Open Forum undertook a series of regional, sectoral and sub-regional consultations with the civil society sector, both to make sure the CPDE responds to the needs of the sector, and also to mobilize the civil society sector as CSOs move forward as equal partners in development.

The final meeting establishing the new mandate and structure of the new CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) took place on December 8-9 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.

OUTCOME DOCUMENT: The Nairobi Declaration:

EN - FR - ES - AR

Other associated documents:

Agenda, BetterAid CPDE Bulletin

CPDE Structure

Global Council:

The Global Council represents the ultimate decision-making body of the CSO Platform for Development Effectiveness

- List of provisional Global Council members

Four Co-Chairs of the Global Council were elected:

- Emele Duituturaga (Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations)
- Mayra Moro-Coco (Association for Women’s Rights in Development),
- Richard Ssewakiryanga (Uganda NGO Forum),
- Tony Tujan (IBON).

Coordination Committee:

Represent the various constituencies - regional and sectoral and, in collaboration with the Global Council, oversees the work of the CPDE.

- List of provisional Coordination Committee members

Global Secretariat:

It was agreed that IBON should be the host agent of the secretariat.

Working Groups:

The priority thematic areas of work will be taken forward by designated working groups.

- Download the working groups terms of reference: EN - ES - FR - AR

Independent Accountability Committee:

The IAC shall ensure evaluation and audit mechanisms as well as other aspects and applications of accountability.

- Download the IAC’s terms of reference: EN - ES - FR - AR

CPDE prioirity Areas

Action in the following areas was prioritized at the moment:

- CSO Development Effectiveness (Download strategy paper)
- Enabling environment for CSOs (Download strategy paper)
- Human rights based approach (Download strategy paper)

Other Priority areas

- The Development Assistance Committee
- The United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (Download strategic guidelines)
- The Post-MDG and Sustainable Development Frameworks (Download strategic guidelines);
- The Building Blocks (Download strategic guidelines)
- The Private Sector (Download strategic guidelines)
- South-South Cooperation;
- Application of the feminist approach and social justice. (Download strategic guidelines)

Also download the general CPDE Country, Sub-regional and Regional Engagement and Advocacy Strategies


The plans to establish the new CPDE came out of an important post-Busan CSO meeting held in February 2012 in Cebu, Philippines, the proceedings of which can be found here.

You can download a copy of the draft consolidated concept note of the CPDE, which was discussed in the regional/sectoral consultations, as per October 2012:

English - French - Spanish - Arabic

You can access the draft concept note which was used as a basis for the consultations, in: English; French; Spanish; Arabic

Also, you can download a copy of the Information Sheet for the consultations and guiding questions on CSOs engagement to be discussed during the consultations:

English - French - Spanish

Further Terms of Reference associated with CPDE planning activities

CPDE Working Groups: Terms of ReferenceEnglish, French, Spanish
CPDE Selection Process and Criteria For Financial AgencyEnglish
Independent Accountability Committee: Terms of ReferenceEnglish
Sub-regional meetings: Guidelines for implementationEnglish, French
Sub-Regional Meetings Organizer’s KitEnglish


RegionDateLocationOrganizing body and contact informationAssociated documents
Asia and PacificJune 8 and 9, 2012Hanoi, VietnamAsia Pacific Research Network (APRN): lpano at, adanlog at realityofaid.orgFlyer, Summary Report, Final Report
EuropeJuly 3 and 4, 2012Belgrade, SerbiaEuropean NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD): Daniel.Nuijten at, Zuzana.SLADKOVA at concordeurope.orgAgenda, Participants List, Pictures, Dictionary of Terms for the European Consultation, Summary report; Report
North AmericaCanada: July 4; USA: June 22Ottawa, Canada and Washington, DC, USACanadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC: freillyking at and InterAction (clong at Canada and USA
Latin AmericaJuly 12 and 13, 2012Lima, PeruAsociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción (ALOP): jbalbis at Report in English and Spanish, Blog article
Middle East and North AfricaJuly 12 and 13, 2012Beirut, LebanonArab NGO Network for Development (ANND): ziadas at, elhanas13 at gmail.comAgenda, Report; Article
Sub-Saharan AfricaJuly 12 and 13, 2012Nairobi, KenyaAACC: Christine Onyango; Solomon Gichira and Reality of Aid Africa: roaafrica-secretariat at realityofaid.orgInvitation, Report


SectorDateLocationOrganizing body and contact informationAssociated documents
Rural and Marginalized GroupsJune 1 and 2, 2012Nairobi, KenyaPeople’s Coalition for Food Soverignty (PCFS): secretariat at foodsov.orgFlyer EN, Flyer FR, Summary Report
Faith-based groupsJuly 10 and 11, 2012Nairobi, KenyaAACC: Christine Onyango; Solomon Gichira and ACT Alliance: Peter.Lanzet at eed.deInvitation, Summary Report, NEW Report
GenderJuly 25 and 26, 2012Nairobi, KenyaAsia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD): kate at, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID): MMoro-coco at; FEMNET: musarose_ng at yahoo.comFlyer EN, Flyer FR, Flyer SP, Report
International CSOsJuly 30 and 31, 2012Brussels, BelgiumActionAid (Luca.Defraia at and CIVICUS (henri.valot at Agenda, Summary Report
Trade UnionsMay 14 to 16, 2012 (Global and Nordic region: Oslo, Norway); July (North America); August (Latin America: Brazil); September (Africa and Asia)VariousInternational Trade Union Confederation (ITUC): jan.dereymaeker at ituc-csi.orgReport


Sub-RegionDateLocationOrganizing body and contact informationAssociated documents
Pacific Sub-regionNovember 7-9, 2012Nadi, FijiPIANGO: Emele Duituturaga emele at and Laisa Vereti laisa at piango.netLetter from the organizers
EU RegionNovember 26-27Brussels, BelgiumEuropean NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD): Daniel.Nuijten at, Zuzana.SLADKOVA at concordeurope.orgInvitation, Agenda, Participant list
Northeast AsiaNovember 26-28Beijing, ChinaKOFID & CANGO: Anselmo Lee alee7080 at and Daxing Zhao daxing at cango.orgOutcome statement - CSO Beijing Consensus
Central AsiaDecember 3-5, 2012Dushanbe, TajikistanJAHON: Zuhra Khakimova matoka at

For more information: info at and secretariat at